Christopher Lenfest Armstrong

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Gloucester - Our beloved Chris left us unexpectedly on July 27th. He was 52. A brilliantly talented artist, Chris was renowned for his masterful paintings of the ocean as organic and enlivened landscapes. In all ways, Chris's life mirrored his work. Like the ocean itself, his seascape paintings vary from elegantly serene to voraciously dynamic. In addition to his fathomless talent as a painter, Chris was also a gifted actor, singer, songwriter and guitarist. As passionately brilliant as he was in all creative endeavors, Chris was ultimately destined to gift the world with his exquisite art.
Chris especially loved summers (and reluctantly braved winters!) in picturesque Gloucester, as a way of maintaining his profound connection to the water. As an avid year round surfer, Chris could be seen with his board in tow on any local beach if there was swell to be found. His surfing buddies will tell you that Chris was enthusiastically tireless paddling in the chilly Atlantic water to catch the next great "goofy footed" ride. He was always stoked for sure.
Chris graduated from The Taft School in Connecticut class of 1985. He then went on to receive a BA from Bucknell University in PA and an MFA from NYU in New York City. Sprinkled in the mix, Chris studied acting with Bill Esper at the esteemed William Esper Studio in Manhattan as well as studying at Studio Art Centers International in Florence Italy.
His work is represented by Gallery Henoch in New York, NY, Beth Urdang Gallery in Boston, MA and Morrison Gallery in Kent, Conn.
Chris is survived by his beautiful daughter, Lily, the light of his life and his greatest joy. There are no words to capture how intensely proud he was of the amazing young woman she has become.
He is also survived by his loving mother Georgia Lenfest Armstrong of Unityville, Pa. whose devotion to her son knows no bounds
In addition, he is survived by his sister, Katy Armstrong and nephews, Atticus and William of Kent Conn, aunts and uncles, Mimi and Stoney Armstrong-Conley of Newton, Kip and Merry Armstrong and daughter Rebecca of Danville, Pa., Jan and Bob Antonucci and daughters Jacklyn and Robyn of Somers N.Y., former wife and Lily's mother, Tatiana Dillen of Gloucester, devoted longtime partner Sally Narkis and her son, Dimitri of Westfield NJ, and many loving cousins and longtime dear friends including The Doc, Tim, Owen, Dwight, Rob, Peter, Sean, Swanny, "Cuz" Charlie, David and countless others...
He is predeceased by his father esteemed American Landscape painter David Armstrong.
Yeah little things they make me so happy
All I want to do is live by the sea
Yeah little things they make me so happy
But it's good yes it's good it's good to be free
Yeah it's good yes it's good it's good to be free
~ Noel Gallagher
You left the world a more beautiful place Chris Armstrong. We love you. Be free...
A Memorial Service to be held at a later date. Arrangements by the Campbell Funeral Home, 61 Middle Street, Gloucester. Contributions may be made in his name to Ocean Alliance 32 Horton St., Gloucester MA 01930 www.whale.org Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
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Published on August 10, 2019
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Zoe, Dorene and Patrick McManus
Aug 21, 2019
We have such fond memories of Chris from the bus stop to the school yard, Braces Cove, EPDS parties and the yacht club. His paintings brought us joy; the portrait he painted of Patrick hangs in a place of honor in our home and will be much cherished in the years to come. We are so sorry for this sad loss and send hugs and peace to all who loved Chris. XO
Christine Tucci
Aug 20, 2019
I'm heartbroken to know Christopher is gone. My continued 30 year friendship with him after our two years together meant the world to me and my adoration and continued love for him knew no bounds. He was one of my favorite people, because he was kind and good, loving, warm, talented and loved to laugh. He had the most tender of hearts. His love for his family, for Lily and Sally was most evident when speaking of them and with such passion. I will miss arguing with him about the Gallagher brothers, talking movies, tv, music and painting and all things beautiful in life. My love and thoughts are with you all who knew and loved him as I did. On behalf of myself and the Tucci family (Stanley, Jo...an, Stanley and Gina) we send our condolences. I will just think of Christopher out surfing somewhere...Peace and love to all.Read more
Kate Donnellon Nail
Aug 19, 2019
Chris was someone I idolized in high school(Taft). He was an incredible talent, and an inspiration. We performed together, along with his longtime love Sally(who I also idolized) and he was always generous and sweet. Even though it’s been a long time, his impact on my life was profound. My heart goes out to his family... especially his daughter and Sally. I send you all my love...
Rick Knapp. Canaan Ct.
Aug 18, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Penelope Kokines Sanborn
Aug 17, 2019
Chris was an amazing friend. He could make you feel important with a look, he could make you feel ok with a laugh. He was such a kind friend to me, and I will always remember him and our college theatre moments together. My heart goes out to your entire family...... xo. Pep
Phillip "Lynn" Avery
Aug 16, 2019
Chris, was the central figure in my early childhood. We were best friends and were always staying at each other's houses. We took swimming lessons together, his family took me along to the Tut exhibit with them and I can't tell you how many times we just hung out in his room or spent the whole day swimming in the pond. Chris was a wonderful friend and although we drifted apart over the years I never forgot him, his family or all the great experiences we had together. I am deeply saddened and shocked by his passing. I hope nothing but the best for his daughter and surviving family. Your friend always,
Nanette Lenfest
Aug 15, 2019
Sweet Tranquility Basket was purchased for the family of Christopher Lenfest Armstrong by Nanette Lenfest.  Send flowers
Peter VanScoyoc
Aug 12, 2019
I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope your memories will bring you some comfort in time.
jane Buckingham Garofalo
Aug 11, 2019
The news of Chris Armstrong's passing was not only sad but shocking. My heart and prayers go out to all whose lives he touched. His art will definitely live on and on, as well as the memories....
John & Joan Ramsey
Aug 11, 2019
Georgie, we are so sorry to hear this news today. Our love & hearts go out to you. Please let us know, if you need anything at all or need to talk. Love John & Joan
Bob and Deb Coburn
Aug 11, 2019
We miss you Chris. You were a loving and kind man.
Gary & Melissa Forbes
Aug 11, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss Georgia and Family. You are in our prayers.