Robert C. Armstrong, of Penn Yan, died Friday, September 23, 2016 at age 86.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at Weldon Funeral Home in Penn Yan.
Mr. Armstrong was born Oct. 25, 1929 in Penn Yan, the son of Stuart and Blanche Armstrong. He graduated from Penn Yan Academy in 1948, and was drafted and served two years in Korea, working as an airplane mechanic. Mr. Armstrong learned the glass trade from his father, who started Armstrong Auto Parts in 1924, and in 1926 established the business at its current location, one mile west of Penn Yan on Route 54A, along the roadway of the former Penn Yan, Keuka Park, and Branchport Trolley. Mr. Armstrong worked alongside his father upon returning from Korea. For many decades, the father and son team were the sole glass cutters in the business in Penn Yan. Mr. Armstrong was known for his ability to cut glass freehand, and to fix almost anything, and at a reasonable price. His daughter continues the glass shop today.
In 1956, Mr. Armstrong married Elizabeth Caton of Binghamton, who was his devoted companion for nearly 60 years, and who worked alongside him in the glass shop. She survives him. He is survived by a daughter, Susan (James) DeLaire of Penn Yan; a son, David (Ellie Maguire) Armstrong of Pepperell, Mass.; and daughter, Anne Gunn of Penn Yan. He has three grandchildren, John (Carolyn Reed) Armstrong of Maine, James Armstrong of Colorado, Sara (George) Jorgensen of Penn Yan; and a sister, Alice (Harold) Mc-Kernan of Tucson, Ariz. He was predeceased by a sister, Sally (Robin) Welker of Rochester.