Terrence W. "Terry" Armstrong, mechanic

Terrence W. "Terry" Armstrong, a marine mechanic and outdoorsman, was killed Saturday after being struck by a motorist near Chestertown. He was 50.

"Terry was riding his bike and was hit from behind by the driver of an SUV. He was thrown from the bike into a ditch and pronounced dead at the scene," said a sister, Gretchen Hathaway of Bel Air.

Born and raised in Northeast Baltimore, Terrence William Armstrong was a 1981 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and attended the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

While attending college, he was a member of the Virginia National Guard. He later received a certificate in marine propulsion technology from a school in Key West, Fla., his sister said.

A resident of Chestertown since 2002, Mr. Armstrong had worked as a marine mechanic for Haven Harbor and more recently for the Port Annapolis Marina.

In addition to riding his bike, Mr. Armstrong enjoyed outdoor activities and listening to music.

"He had wide-ranging musical tastes," his sister said. He was also an Orioles fan.

"His entire life really revolved around his 12-year-old son Brooks," said Ms. Hathaway.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, 130 Speer Road, Chestertown.

In addition to his son, Brooks Armstrong of Chestertown, and his sister, Mr. Armstrong is survived by his father, Samuel Armstrong of Kenbridge, Va.; his mother, Virginia Stein of Baltimore; a brother, Christopher Armstrong of Newport News, Va.; and another sister, Susan Morgan of West Virginia. A marriage to the former Lorraine "Lori" Hurlbutt ended in divorce.


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