There was great sadness recently following the death of Tom Armstrong, who passed away following a short illness borne with great courage and dignity.
Tom, who lived in Knockrooskey, Westport, is deeply mourned by his wife Noreen, daughters Linda, Trisha and Kathy, son Brian, son-in-law Mick, partners Michael, Amanda and Garreth, grandchildren Shane, Keelan and Ava, brother Joe, sister Mary and his extended family and many friends.
Tom was predeceased by his parents Paddy and Kathleen Armstrong, his Father-and-Mother-in-law Willie and Lena Murphy and his good friend Michael Foy.
Tom was born in April 1958 and grew up in the village of Althore, just outside of Louisburgh. He was Paddy and Kathleen’s eldest child and was an older brother to Joe and Mary. He was fiercely proud of Louisburgh all of his life and fondly called it ‘God’s pocket’.
Tom married Noreen in October 1981 and settled in Westport, where they happily made a life for themselves.
Tom was a dedicated father to Linda, Trisha, Brian and Kathy, and was delighted to become a Grandad in recent years to Shane, Keelan and Ava. He loved to see his Grandchildren coming to visit and revelled in spoiling them. They brought a new lease of life to their Grandad and it was a role he took immense pride and joy in.
Tom showed drive and ambition from an early age and was a successful businessman through sheer hard work and determination. He made many friendships through his different businesses, which included Connacht Amusements, Maple Moose cafe and in recent years his pub, The Brewery. He thoroughly enjoyed dropping into the Brewery and Maple Moose and chatting with friends, regulars and tourists alike. Earlier this year Tom celebrated his 60th birthday with a family meal followed by a party in the Brewery, it was a very happy day for Tom and he thoroughly enjoyed the celebrations. It was a birthday we are glad was fully celebrated!
Since his untimely passing, Tom has been fondly remembered for his humble nature, generosity and love of the ‘craic’. Some of his happiest days were spent on the water fishing with friends, travelling to new places or cheering on Mayo GAA.
Tom was a decent man who wanted to help whenever needed and to make sure people were happy and will be remembered for his kind ways.
Tom passed away at the University College Hospital Galway on December 12th 2018 surrounded by his family who together with his large group of friends will miss him terribly.