Obituary for Clarence "Chet" Armstrong
Chet Armstrong was born and raised in Quincy, MA where he enjoyed his youth with childhood friends. As a young man Chet enlisted in the Army, was trained as a radioman, and was stationed in occupied Germany during the Korean conflict.
Upon his discharge from the Armed Forces Chet started his work towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Northeastern University, graduating in 1959.
The Armstrong’s moved to Medfield in 1961 and Chet started his long engineering career working at GTE/Sylvania (now General Dynamics).
Chet loved to read and he loved to learn new things. He returned to Northeastern University at night to attain his Master’s Degree in Software Engineering (long before many of us knew what software was). He was also on the cutting edge when it came to home computing. He built the family’s first home computer by putting a memory chip into a video game console, and then attaching a black and white TV and a keyboard to it (and then started crunching code). Years later he was first in line to by the Apple Macintosh SE computer. Chet could fix anything. From cars, to woodworking, to electrical, he was meticulous in his approach.
He was an avid hockey fan and loved rooting for the “Big Bad” Bruins. We will always remember the neighborhood party after the Bruins won in 1972. Especially when all the neighborhood kids piled into the family station wagon and did a victory lap around Pine Needle Park with a homemade Stanley Cup made of tin foil, cardboard and a mixing bowl. Chet also loved to play and watch tennis. For many years the family attended the quarterfinals at Longwood to watch the best Tennis players in the world as they prepared for the U.S. Open. (We’ll never forget the time Doug opened a can of Coke and everyone in the stadium heard it. Including the player who was about to serve. The whole place was laughing. It’s the little things in life . . .).
He was a man with many gifts. A very intelligent and caring man, but also a very humble man of few words and a great sense of humor.
Chet was the husband of Barbara (Quinn) Armstrong, father of Elizabeth O'Neil of Belmont, Doug Armstrong of Needham and David Armstrong (Judy) of Medway. Loving Papa of Alison O'Neil, Brian O'Neil and Katie Armstrong. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Anne Stivaletta Abbott and son in law Dr. Paul O'Neil.
Visiting hrs will be Tues, Feb 13th from 11-1PM followed by a funeral service at 1pm at the Roberts Mitchell Caruso FH, 15 Miller St, Medfield. Burial will be private. Those wishing to may make memorial contributions in Chet's name to Smile Train, Po Box 96231 Washington, DC 20090-6231. or to MSPCA 350 South Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130.