Vale: ‘True legend’ of South Auckland football, Gerry Armstrong, dies

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A highly respected player, coach and mentor to many players in South Auckland, Gerry Armstrong, has died, aged 90.

In a tribute to Armstrong, the Facebook group ‘Papatoetoe – The Glory Years’ said:

“It is with deep, profound sadness that we share the sad news of the passing of Gerry Armstrong.

“Gerry passed away on Sunday 8th January 2023 in the Gold Coast, Australia. He had been in declining health over the past few years but had maintained a fighting spirit throughout. Gerry was aged 90 years.

“Gerry was a true football legend, not just at Papatoetoe AFC, but also across South Auckland football.

“His eldest son, Mark, played for the All Whites as well as both Manurewa and Papatoetoe in the National League.

“The other siblings, Craig, Paul, Fiona, Glenn and Sean all played in the red and white of Papatoetoe AFC.

“Both Gerry and his lovely late wife Pat were both very highly respected and loved within our club and became parent figures to many players and club members.

“Gerry also coached junior football at the club for many years and had a tremendous knowledge and understanding of the beautiful game.

“We pass on our love and prayers to the entire Armstrong Family. You are all in our thoughts. Kia Kaha — stay strong.

“Gerry, you are a legend in every sense of the word. Thank you for all that you have done for our game and for being such a wonderful man.

“Rest in Peace, Gerry — now reunited with your beautiful Pat.”

Gerald Armstrong (1929 — 2023)

The following notice has appeared in the NZ Herald:

ARMSTRONG, Gerald (Gerry). Of Queensland formerly of Auckland and Coromandel. Passed away peacefully on 8 January 2023 aged 90 years. Dearly loved husband of Patricia (deceased) and treasured Father and Father-in-law of Mark and Donna, Craig and Simone, Paul and Leanne, Fiona and Jeff, Glenn and Cushla and Sean and Janie. Adored Gramps/Ga of his precious grandchildren and great grandchildren. A Service to celebrate Gerry’s life will be held in Australia on Thursday 12 January 2023 at 11.00am. To join the service by webstream, please send an email to requesting the access link. ‘Forever in our Hearts’


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