NEW PRESTON — Peter David Armstrong of New Preston died Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at Yale New Haven Hospital after a months-long illness caused by the extremely rare, tick-borne Powassan virus.
Peter was born September 7, 1947, in Nyack, N.Y., to Jesse John and Katherine Armstrong (Felt). Following a long career in business systems development and management, including stints with Mathematica Policy Research and Mathematica Products Group, Prudential Insurance and IBM, in various locations, he was elected to the town of Washington Zoning Commission in 2017. He served as treasurer of the First Congregational Church of Washington, chaired the Washington Democratic Town Committee and was on the Washington Planning Committee’s Sustainability Subcommittee and the Washington Environmental Council.
Peter graduated from the University of Illinois in 1969 with a B.A. in history. He received a master’s degree in urban affairs from the University of Colorado, and an MBA from the Stern School of Business in 1996.
Known for his gentle, quiet manner and thoughtful consideration for all, Peter loved music and dance and walking his big husky-akitas, but above all his wonderful family.
Peter is survived by his wife, Henrietta Small of New Preston; a daughter, Amanda (Lizzy), and a son, Paul, of Los Angeles; and nine siblings, Michael (Liz Schevtchuk) of Cold Spring, N.Y., Laurence (Judy Steffek) of Weyerhaeuser, Wis., James of Will County, Ill., Shawn of Park Forest, Ill., Rebecca (Charles Gaynor) of Bel Aire, Kan., Gwendolyn Blossom (Steve) of Wilmette, Ill., Anthony (Yoriko Fujita) of New York City, Benjamin of Park Forest, Ill., and Ethan (Jackie) of Steger, Ill., as well as many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Peter’s life will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 19, at the First Congregational Church of Washington.
Donations in Peter’s name may be made to the Washington Environmental Council, P.O. Box 283, Washington Depot 06794, or https://www.wec-ct.org/donate. Donations may also be made to Yale New Haven Hospital, Honor and Memorial Giving, https://www.givetoynhh.org/ways-to-give/honor-a-loved-one/.