Vale – Peter Armstrong

The Sharks offer their sincere condolences to his family in mourning the passing of Peter Armstrong, an outstanding servant and Life Member of the Cronulla Club.

A former club coach, committee member and for three years CEO, Armstrong passed away on the Gold Coast in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A player at the St George Dragons from 1957 to 1964 and a member of team than won the Premiership in 1961, Armstrong moved across to the Sharks in a coaching capacity in the late 1960’s where he guided the Club’s lower grade teams.

Armstrong began his coaching stint in 1968, was with the Third-Grade side for two seasons, before moving up to be in charge of Reserve Grade from 1970 to 1972.

He joined the Football Club committee in 1974, serving through until 1982, where he held the office of Assistant Secretary from 1976 to 1981.

Armstrong would return to the Club in an administrative capacity when appointed CEO at the Sharks in the mid 1990’s, a role he carried out for three seasons, before ending his tenure prior to the SuperLeague season.

Respected former Cronulla coach John Lang and current Souths Football General Manager Shane Richardson worked alongside Armstrong during his time as Sharks CEO.

Upon leaving the Sharks Armstrong had resided on the Gold Coast for the past 21 years, before his passing earlier this week.

As a mark of respect the Sharks will wear black arm bands when taking on the Roosters at PointsBet Stadium on Saturday night.

Armstrong is survived by partner Barbara, daughters Denise and Joanne and grandchildren Kane, Paris, Nicholle and Bradley.

A celebration of Peter’s life will be held at St Joseph’s Catholic Church at Tweed Heads on the Gold Coast at 1.00pm on Friday.

The Sharks also acknowledge the recent passing of Alan Milne, one of the founding fathers of the Cronulla Sharks club.

Along with Kevin McSweyn, Bob Abbot, Bernie Beck, Dave Poulter, Peter Burns and Arthur Wynn, in naming just a few, Milne was amongst the men to have an enormous influence off the field and to be responsible for making the Sharks dream become a reality back in 1967. 

Saturday night will provide the platform for a fitting farewell for both Armstrong and Milne on ‘Old Boys day’, where past players are honoured for their service to the Sharks and their deeds on and off the field are remembered.