John Creighton Armstrong

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John Creighton Armstrong, 91
FRIENDSHIP - John Creighton Armstrong, 91, of Friendship and Falmouth, Maine, passed away on Aug. 28, 2018 at his home in Friendship. John was born on April 12, 1927, to Robert Weeks Armstrong and Edith Creighton Armstrong in Winchester, Mass.
He grew up in Winchester, attending Winchester public schools, followed by a post-graduate year at Deerfield Academy. He went on to the US Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. He excelled in mechanical classes, studying steam turbines, ships systems and propulsion equipment. John was a natural boat handler. When a launch driver was needed to transport the Admirals from boat to boat he was the cadet of choice. After his service, John attended the University of Massachusetts.
A pioneer in the aerosol industry, John started and ran many successful businesses. Early on, John built a production line. The first product was Spray Solvo, which is much like a modern-day WD 40. That was the beginning of Armstrong Laboratories in the family mill in West Roxbury, Mass. He and his brother, Bob, grew the business for 10 years and sold the company in 1967. They both went to work for Aerosol Techniques, Inc. where John was national sales manager.
In 1973, John started Pharmasol Corporation. He was very proud of the growth and success of that company. John was instrumental in developing several inventions which led to a dozen or more patents including the Demand valve which was used for helping asthmatic patients with dosing inhalers. He had a brilliant career and a sterling reputation as the 'Honest John' of the industry.
John was an avid lover of boats and of flying his piper cub airplane. He was a man that remained in his prime throughout every stage of his life. Even with a walker, he would refuse help and insist he was 'spry' and 'like a gazelle'. He appreciated a strong hand shake and a look in the eye. When asked how he was doing, his sincere response was always, 'never better'. He was a true gentleman with an unparalleled wit, charm and style. He loved to laugh, and his zest for life would fill every room.
John and his family once enjoyed a menagerie of farm animals, some of whom might grace one of their many "Milton Hilton" parties. It wasn't unusual for their guests to be entertained by "Ringo" the family monkey or find "Penny" the pony standing in the living room!
It was clear that John's greatest joy in life was being with his family. In recent years he relished many family trips. Summers in Friendship, Maine were the center of the world to him. It was there that he created a perfect place for his family to vacation together.
He was a member of the Young Presidential Organization, Chemist Club, Ducks Unlimited, New Bedford Yacht Club, Wamsutta Club, Milton Hoosic Club, Eastern Yacht Club, and the Pickering Foundation.
John was predeceased by his wife, Barbara Pickering Armstrong.
John is survived by his son, Richard Armstrong and wife, Cecelia of Westport, Mass.; son, Jonathan Armstrong and wife, Janne, of Dartmouth, Mass.; daughter, Edith Armstrong and husband, Gary Lehy, of Falmouth, Maine; daughter, Amy Armstrong of Friendship; and daughter, Rebecca Armstrong Moore and husband, Kenneth Moore, of Southboro, Mass.; and 10 grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Congregational Church of South Dartmouth, 17 Middle St., Dartmouth, Mass., followed by a reception at the New Bedford Yacht Club, 280 Elm St., Dartmouth, Mass.
Hall's of Waldoboro has care of the arrangements. To extend online condolences, visit his book of memories at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John's name to the:
Friendship Fire and Ambulance
25 Main Street
Friendship, ME 04547, or to
The Island Institute
PO Box 648
Rockland, ME 04841

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Hall Funeral Home
949 Main St
Waldoboro, ME 04572
(207) 832-5541
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Sept. 8, 2018
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