William T. Armstrong
COOPERSTOWN — William T. “Bill” Armstrong, a longtime resident of Cooperstown, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.
A native of Springfield Center, he was born there July 31, 1924, a son of William J. and Beatrice (Kelly) Armstrong.
After graduating from Springfield High School, Bill enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country during World War II in artillery operations and as a radio operator. Bill rarely talked about his combat experience; however, his Army record and medals reflect his active participation in three major battles in North Africa and Italy.
On July 31, 1948, Bill married Ellen Margaret Kelly in Little Falls. They soon made their home in Cooperstown, and for more than 50 years have resided on Susquehanna Avenue where they enjoyed raising their large family.
After the war, Bill was hired by New York Telephone. A meticulous and expert craftsman, Bill worked his way through the ranks, eventually overseeing many local telephone company offices in this area. In his retirement, he worked for more than 15 summer seasons at the Leatherstocking Golf Course in Cooperstown. An avid golfer and golf ball hunter, he truly loved this job, and made many friends during his years at the course.
A terrific amateur athlete, Bill enjoyed participating in many sports. He pitched and played center field for the Cooperstown Indians, was an avid bowler until he was in his eighties and was a member at the Leatherstocking Golf Course for decades. A skilled woodworker, he was also a master gardener who enjoyed sharing the fruits of his labors with family, friends and neighbors.
Bill was a devout Catholic and communicant of St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown and was past president of St. Mary’s Holy Name Society. Bill lived a life of integrity and example, of which his family was extremely proud. He will be greatly missed.