Standardbred industry icon, H. Charles “Charlie” Armstrong, passed away on September 7th, 2017 at the age of 96.

According to Standardbred Canada, “Armstrong was a true icon in the Ontario and North American Horse Industry for over 60 years. Throughout this time, he has represented and participated in multiple disciplines and has been integral in the shaping of Ontario’s horse racing industry and horse industry. Armstrong Bros. Farm, the family-owned operation, was founded in the 1940s by Charlie’s father, Elgin, and uncle, Ted, who were construction magnates. After Elgin’s death, Charlie kept the Armstrong horse business strong.”

In May 2016 the Headwaters Equine Leadership Group presented the Leadership in Industry Building award to Charles Armstrong in recognition of his significant contributions demonstrating outstanding leadership, dedication and life-long service aiming to grow the equine industry in Headwaters and beyond.

Deepest condolences to Charlie’s wife, Lenore; daughters, Jennifer, Caroline and Nancy; and Charlie’s extended family.

While the funeral service will be private, visitors will be received at the Ward Funeral Home on Main Street in Brampton, Ontario on Thursday, September 14 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and on Friday, September 15 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and again from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Standardbred Racetrack Chaplaincy of Canada, P. O. Box 331, Campbellville, ON L0B 1P0, or the Alzheimer Society of Ontario.