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Obituary for Kol Edward Armstrong

Köl Edward Armstrong
November 21st, 1980-January 8, 2024

It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Köl Edward Armstrong on January 8th, 2024.

Köl, along with his twin brother Ryan, were born on November 21st, 1980 in Calgary, Alberta. Köl was an active child who loved sports, competition and the camaraderie of being apart of a team. He was incredibly industrious, a risk taker who spent much of his time outside. Köl played several different instruments and participated in the performing arts across many platforms.

Köl attended William Aberhart High School where he was a dedicated athlete, impacting his community through various sports (basketball, badminton and hockey). During this time, he received numerous awards such as Athlete of the Year nominee, Guts of the Year and won a Senior Boys Basketball City Championship. He was also an avid chess player, winning a Calgary City Championship. Additionally he spent one year Bullriding in the Alberta Rodeo Circuit.

Köl lived a life full of adventure. From hiking, camping, biking, skydiving, attending sporting events and cheering on his beloved Red Sox and Lakers, as well as skiing many different slopes, his favourite being Nakiska. Köl built lasting friendships with many of those that he crossed paths with. But his life-long passion was basketball. Köls true gift was not only as a player, but as a coach, coaching at every level from youth basketball clubs, to the university level. According to Köl, some of his greatest accomplishments were growing to 5’10”, which he knew would be shocking to those that knew him and Ryan in high school. He also was incredibly proud to spend the better part of his 20s coaching at William Aberhart High School, winning 4 city championships as well as coaching at University of Calgary Dinos and St. Francis Xavier in Nova Scotia. During his coaching career, Köl was a role-model who instilled confidence in his players, both on and off the court, and built life-long relationships with coaches and players.

In his professional life, Köl had a strong work ethic, took pride in his career and was a mentor to many.

Köl was a fierce protector and always stood up for his people. He loved everyone in his own Kölie way, and always pushed them to reach their full potentials. Köl will forever be remembered for his legendary sarcasm, warm smile, infectious giggle and bubbly and mischievous personality.

Köl leaves to mourn his passing his father Kyle (Erin), mother Laura (Ray), twin brother Ryan (Stephanie), brother William, sisters Elizabeth (Joe), Kendall (Moh), Olivia (Griffin), and his beloved partner, Yoko, and her daughter, Celina. He was a proud uncle to Declan, Annaka, Teagan, Brantley, Kaleb, Grayson and Theodore. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by all of his grandparents, and Uncle Ken.

We’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the staff at the Foothills Hospital and the medical community in Airdrie.

Details for a Celebration of Life in the spring to follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a monetary donation or your time, in Köls, name to your chosen minor sport association.

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