‘Coach’ Glenn P. Armstrong
October 3, 2023
In Loving Memory
‘Coach’ Glenn P. Armstrong
On October 3, after a lengthy battle with cancer, Coach Armstrong made his final touchdown.
Glenn was born in Windsor, ON in February 1950 to parents Jim and Margaret Armstrong. The family came to BC in 1952. Glenn enjoyed team sports from an early age and while in high school playing with the Surrey Rams, football became his passion.
Glenn earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Language Arts in 1976 at Simon Fraser University and began teaching at Barriere Elementary and then Dallas Elementary while coaching the Sahali Rams and Dallas Cowboys in minor football. Moving on to the next quarter, he tackled Valleyview which was, at the time, a Junior High school full of challenging teens.
In 1980, Glenn met widowed Judy Buckley and her two children, Jason, and Melanie. They married in 1985 and the family settled in the Dallas area. Glenn expanded his career with a Coaching Certification and coached football for many successful years at NorKam and then at Valleyview for the remainder of his career. During this time, he also earned his Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Victoria.
Sidelined after knee surgery, Glenn retired from teaching in 2007 but continued to coach the Kamloops Broncos running backs for the 2008 season. He was honored to be awarded The Coaches Association of BC – Coach of the Year in 2007, and Coach of the Year as well as Community Coach of Excellence in 2008. He instructed many coaching courses and seminars throughout BC before fully retiring in 2014.
Glenn and Judy spent many happy years on their acreage in Del Oro, enjoying their dogs, goats, chickens and gardens. They frequently went on month-long camping adventures, taking their little trailer all over the province. Their love of camping and the outdoors continued until Glenn’s illness in 2016.
Glenn was predeceased by both his parents. Left behind and missing him are his wife, Judy; her children Jason (Tracy) Buckley and Melanie Buckley; step-grandchildren Simon and Sabrina; as well as numerous friends and associates in the SD73 and junior football communities.
Thanks to the amazing staff at Kamloops Hospice for their wonderfully supportive care of Glenn during his last days. Thanks to Drs Ewart and MacDonald and staff at RIH Cancer Clinic and Dr. Raul and staff at KGH Cancer Clinic.
Dr. Paul Dickinson; you are an absolute gem of a human being. We are so grateful for your care and support of both Glenn and Judy over the past several years. Thank you from the whole family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Kamloops Hospice in Glenn’s memory.
No service will be held but a family get-together is planned.
Arrangements entrusted to
Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services 250-554-2324
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