OBITUARY: Nigel Armstrong

Nigel Armstrong.
Nigel Armstrong.

A leading businessman and former president of the Vale of Lune Rugby Club has died following a lengthy illness.

Nigel Armstrong, 63. was Morecambe born and bred and was educated at the Royal Lancaster Grammar School.

After university went to work at Bare Laundry, the family businesses then run by his father, the late Maurice Armstrong.

He worked in every department, working his way up to succeed his father and by the age of 28, Nigel was the youngest chairman of a public company.

He later launched his own independent laundry, Texicare which he based on the old Lansil site in Lancaster, an area which he together with other local businessmen bought and developed as an industrial estate.

He later sold the business to Johnsons, but not before he had risen to take the highest office in the Textile Services Association and been admitted.

More recently he had helped his eldest son Mark run Armstrongs, a dry cleaning business with premises in Carnforth and Kirkby Lonsdale.

Like his father before him, Nigel had a lifelong association with the Vale of Lune, firstly as a player then as an energetic committee member before becoming president, an office he held with great pride despite struggling with ill health. He missed few games and devoted plenty of his energy into renovating the club’s old County Bar in memory of his father – the newly named Maurice Armstrong Bar being a fitting tribute to a man who remains a Vale legend.

Nigel also worked hard in the community and was extremely proud of a long association with the Lancaster and Morecambe College where he was an inspiring member of the governing board. He was also a member of Morecambe Golf Club.

Earlier this year, Nigel married Diana, his partner of 20 years.

She survives him as do sons Mark and Adam, daughter Emma, step children Claire and Charlie and three grandchildren.