OBITUARY: Sgt. David Wayne Armstrong
Retired Georgetown Police Sgt. and Peabody native David Armstrong died Tuesday in a car accident on Route 128. He was 54.
[The following obituary is courtesy of Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home.]
David Wayne Armstrong, 54, of Peabody, a recent retired sergeant with the Georgetown Police Department, died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012 as a result of taking an ill turn while driving on Route 128 and 95 in Peabody.
He was born in Lynn on Dec. 21, 1957, the son of the late George F. and Dorothy (Rhoades) Armstrong and was raised in Peabody, graduating from the Peabody Vocational High School in 1975 where he was the class president. He later graduated with a doctorate degree from the Mass. School of Law.
He had worked as a machinist at Stanley Bros. in Beverly and later became a security officer at the Northshore Mall in Peabody.
David joined the Georgetown Police Department in 1988, serving 24 years before retiring as a sergeant in June of 2012. There, he had led the D.A.R.E. program from 1992 to 1997 and also worked on the youth bicycle safety program and was fondly known as “Officer Dave” to the many children in Georgetown.
During the late '70s and early '80s, Dave was also known as “The Fez” of the Fez and the Pharaohs and helped organize a series of fundraisers with his '50s style record hops and was proud to give all proceeds to charities such as the Shriners Burn Center, Cystic Fibrosis and Hogan Regional Center.
He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed going fishing, hunting and playing golf. He had been a member of the Peabody Lynn Lodge of Elks, #1409.
He is survived by his wife Kimberly Joslin and his daughter Jessica Louise Armstrong, both of Newburyport, a son, Nathaniel Raymond of Georgetown, a brother, Raymond Armstrong and his companion Ruth Ann Green of Peabody, his sisters Cheryl Armstrong and her companion Michael Shultz of Middleton and Pamela and Kenneth Sullivan of Haverhill, and several nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held on Monday from 4-8 p.m. at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home at the 82 Lynn St., Peabody facility. A funeral service will be held there on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 or to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114 in his memory.