Please share any stories or recollections of Liam here.  These stories and accompanying pictures will be compiled and placed into a memory book that will be presented to the Armstrong family when the time is right.  Thank you!





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  1. Smithtown East Family

    Dear Armstrong Family,

    My heart has been so heavy ever since I heard about Liam’s accident. My younger daughter had class with Liam and my older daughter share’s Liam’s birthday. I am truly so very sorry about what happened. From all accounts, it is easy to tell that Liam was a special person. Even though my daughter who had class with him, didn’t know him personally, we talk about him everyday and grieve with you. It seems that once you have children, all children become yours, too, especially in your own community.

    Please know that Liam and your family will forever hold a place in our hearts and along with thinking about you everyday, each year on my daughter’s birthday, I will be saying an extra prayer for you and Liam.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    1. smithtown mom

      I did not know your son Liam, but my daughter is a 2013 Smithtown west student and she knew him from Great Hollow. I am haunted by his tragic death . I think of him and you every day, and I get down on my knees and pray for you all. I wish I could turn back time and never let this tragedy happen. I pray that LIam’s soul rests in Peace and I pray for you to have the strength to carry on.

  2. Anon

    Hey i realized that there is a great number of people that shared their memories of liam on the facebook group students have created idk if youve seen it yet but you can add some of their stories to your book since not everyone psted it! Its called “in memory of liam armstrong”!!!

  3. Caitlin - Liam's Wendy's coworker and friend

    I can still remember when Liam Armstrong was hired, like it was yesterday. He came in on his first day, with a huge smile on his face and just walked right up to everyone and introduced himself. I barely even needed to train him on anything because he picked everything up with such ease. By the end of the first day, he was doing up front register and putting together the orders on his own. By the end of the first week he had half of the positions down and it wasn’t long before he learned the rest. He quickly became a part of our family.
    I’ll never forget the last time I worked with him, that last Sunday. We argued the whole day over who should be making sandwiches and everytime I’d turn around, I’d find him in my position, taking my job. Finally, I yelled, “Enough Liam!! Stop stealing my job!!” and he yelled back, “Well, if you’d do it right!!” But, we smiled and laughed through the whole thing. I’m so glad that my last shift with him was able to be so much fun, even though my heart breaks when I realize there won’t be anymore.
    Barbara Armstrong should be so proud of the son she raised. He was funny, kind, compassionate, hard working, smart, and one the very best friends that someone could ask for.

  4. Jordan Sackaris

    You are an angel looking down upon us keeping an eye out for all . Although we didn’t talk much this year you still always managed to put a smile on my face. even by doing the simple thing even if it was just a simple hello in the hallways. you were the kind of person that could light up the whole room with your contagouse smile. You were one of the most kind hearted person i know always looking to put other before you.I know everyone misses you dearly and your constantly in our thoughts we still know your here with us today. You will forever be in our hearts. My prayers go out to you, your family, and closest friends. You will never be forgotten, we will meet again someday but until that day rest in paradise Liam <3

  5. Paige Sokoloff

    Although I barely knew Liam, the few encounters I had with him were enough. His smiling face and joyful laugh always knew how to brighten up the room and his crazy ideas kept everyone on their toes. I regret never knowing Liam well especially because he only lived a few houses down and I know how great of a person he truly was. My heart goes out to the Armstrong’s and if you ever need anything, your neighbors and friends will always be there. Rest in peace Liam; we’ll see you someday♥

  6. Erika Nastasi

    I never knew Liam, but I know his brother Connor. He went to elementary school with me. I’ve heard that Liam was a great kid and was very kind. My heart goes out to the families and they will always be in our prayers. Liam is now flying with the angels above us. Rest in Paradise Liam<3

  7. Smithtown Mom of Liam's fellow classmate

    Dear Armstrong Family,
    My children attend East, and although only acquaintances of Liam’s, I just wanted you to know that they have been broken hearted for your family. I have heard so many wonderful things about how sweet Liam was to everyone. I hope you find some small comfort in knowing that in his short life on earth, Liam has left a stamp on so many people’s hearts. You must be so proud of him.
    My family will be praying for you to find some peace and comfort in your lives.
    God Bless you all

    1. winston smith

      Dear Armstrong Family,

      I didn’t know Liam, but my thoughts and prayers are with him and his loved family and loved ones during this time. There are no words that can allay, or even convey, the profound sadness felt at the thought of such a tremendous loss. I cannot even begin to imagine his are futile in the face of such a tragedy but they are all I have. The heartbreak that gives rise to them is very real. Please know that you do not grieve alone. Those of us who didn’t even know him can tell what an amazing young man he was, Im so sorry for your loss.

  8. Another Smithtown mom

    Dear Armstrong Family,
    I do not know you nor did I know Liam. However, my heart breaks for you…along with the entire Smithtown community. May you find strength from those close to you and from all of us…a group of strangers who share your pain and know your baby is with the angels.

  9. Christine Modell

    To Liam’s Family, I hope all these wonderful stories help you find some peace & comfort. My children went to Great Hollow with Liam and Thomas, my son was in his religion class. Thomas and I know the pain your family is going through and we are praying for you all. This community is truly an amazing source of support. Please call on us for anything.

  10. Lorraine DiPenta

    To the Armstrong Family,

    Everyone is praying for your family and wishing there was something we could do to make it better. We all know your son Liam was a very special person, he touched everyone he meet in so many ways. He will forever have that smile on his face. He was a great friend to my son Alex and he will forever hold special place for him in his heart. My son Matt and daughter Nicole also knew Liam as a friendly nice kid who said hi to everyone and are just devasted. My husband meet Liam for the first time a few nights ago and said Liam made a point to say thanks for letting him shower at the house. He was so impressed how respectful and polite he was. My sister -in- law picked up Wendies at the drive thru the other night and said he was so friendly and polite. She didn’t know Liam but he was the kind of person that impressed people and he will never be forgotten for the wonderful person he was to all. I believe God has a special place for Liam.
    God bless your family,

  11. Ellen Ferrara

    To the Armstrong Family,
    My heart aches for you and your loss. Please know that your neighbors/friends here in Nesconset are here for you.
    My prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

  12. Lisa Medina

    To the Armstrong family,
    There are no words at this time that can ease the pain that you are going through. May you all find peace, love and strength through your friends and family. May God hold you tight in his arms and comfort you. May he give you the strength to look forward to all the tomorrows.
    God Bless you and your family.

  13. Lisa Cohen

    To the Armstrong Family. While we did not know Liam, we do know your son Ian. He and Matt played PAL Football together and Ian would come to our house whenever he needed a ride. While I cannot imagine the pain you and your family are going through, know that Liam is now one of GODS Angels. Know that he is now watching over each of you from the BEST PLACE….Heaven!

  14. A Broken Hearted Mom

    There are broken hearts all through Smithtown and eyes which will continue to shed tears for the friends and family of Liam. When nothing makes any sense, I have come to trust in God’s perfect plan. Though we do not understand it now, because we only see the threads of the unfinished tapestry, the purpose of the suffering will be made clear some day, and the finished tapestry will be more beautiful then any of us could have imagined! May this tremendous trial, somehow, someday be a blessing to the Armstrong family and to us all!

    “Blessings”, a Song by Laura Story

    We pray for blessings, we pray for peace
    Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
    We pray for healing, for prosperity
    We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
    And all the while, You hear each spoken need
    Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

    ‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
    What if Your healing comes through tears
    What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
    What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

    We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear
    We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
    We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
    As if every promise from Your word is not enough
    And all the while, You hear each desperate plea
    And long that we’d have faith to believe

    ‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
    What if Your healing comes through tears
    What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
    What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

    When friends betray us
    When darkness seems to win
    We know that pain reminds this heart
    That this is not,
    This is not our home
    It’s not our home

    ‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
    What if Your healing comes through tears
    What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near

    What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life
    Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
    What if trials of this life
    The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
    Are your mercies in disguise

  15. Jacob vetter

    Liam and i met in our kindergarden class where we made a friendship all the way through. We both played football together until 10th grade and he was a great guy to have in the huddle everytime he ran in with a play there was a joke that went with it but he knew when it was time to be serious. Ill never forget the last conversation we had when we were talking about my grandfathers pizzaria i told him i quit because of a fight with my grandpa he told me to stop fighting with him because if you stick with it the restaraunt will be yours and you will be loaded. Since then i havent fought with my grandpa ill never forget that. Liam i know your smiling down on us all and your gonna represent god as well as you represented everyone else. RIP buddy

  16. A Smithtown Mom

    Dear Liam, Thou I have never met you, Im praying you will meet up with Katie who graduated from Smithtown West 2 years ago and Daniel who was a senior at Smithtown West who was taken from us about 4 years ago in his senior year. Like Katie and Daniel, you all were taken away from us too soon. I pray you watch over your family and give them strength. As I pray for Katie and Daniel, I will also include you and your family in my prayers. Smithtown and especially the ReesSpecht Family are praying for your family. To Liams Mom, I send you a special hug and I will keep you in my prayers as I keep Katie and Daniels Moms. God Bless your always.

    1. Christine Modell - Katie's mom

      As I was reading through the coments to try to find words to try to bring comfort to Liam’s family , I came accross your comment and found comfort brought to me instead. (ReeSpecht family at work, i believe!) Katie has been gone four months yet in those months we had to learn to do Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Valentines Day, her brothers College applications and now Easter without her here and it isn’t easy. Thank you with all of my heart for reminding me how Blessed we are to have people around us who remember us in their prayers. Thank you.

  17. LoFrese Family

    Dear Barbara, Chris, Connor, Ian & Brigid,

    Words cannot express how deeply sorry we are for your loss. When I received text messages from my students telling about what had happened I was in shock. I never had the pleasure of having Liam in class, but I had many of his friends in my classes and when he was with them, he would always be polite and say hello to me when we passed in the hallway. Liam was a wonderful person, and will be truly missed by everyone in the Smithtown Community. I know nothing I can say will take away your pain but know that we are here for your family with whatever you may need. Brianna is worried about Brigid and sends her love. God bless.

  18. Cristina Centurion

    Hi Barbara: I never had the opportunity to know your son. I can only think in this moment about you. Even though i don’t speak with you frequently in class, i can’t stop thinking about this tragedy and the unconsolable pain you and your family are going through. It is difficult to understand God’s decisions and there is nothing we can do to change them. I hope you find the strength in your family, your other children and your friends. My thoughts are with you- Cristina

  19. Colleen Taliercio

    To the Armstrong Family,

    Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved son Liam. We are left to question why these tragedies occur but sadly there are no answers. I pray that your family finds peace in your wonderful memories. May he always Rest In Peace with the Angels.

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  20. anonymous

    Liam truly was the most amazing friend ever. He never failed to make you smile or laugh. i remember having classes with him in middle school and he would just make the whole class laugh over the most silly things. Even hanging out with him outside of school if you ever thought he wasnt paying attention he really was and he was always there for me. We just recently connected again and i wish i could have hung out with him once more. Rest easy my friend, you are always going to be in my heart<3 love you li li xoxo

  21. Jacob Gelfman

    I didn’t know him at all, but the fact still stands, no one deserves to die so young. No one. I’m sure he was a great guy, and from everyone says, he surely sounds like he was. Rest in peace, man. Rest in peace.

  22. nicole dipenta

    Liam you are an angel now in heaven and i know you are watching over everyone. You are one of my brothers best friends and always will be. i always saw you with my brother weather it was in school or driving around having the blasting so loud. You always had such a fun time and i always said to myself that i hope when im a senior i can have just as much fun as you guys did. We didnt talk much but for the time that we did you were so nice. People say you are gone, but your not. Maybe you arent here physically but spritually you are here & always will be with all your friends and family. Two nights ago the moon was the brightest ive ever seen it and glowing in the shape of a cross, i believe it was you telling everyone you made it up there safely. i hope you are having a good time up there in heaven and one day you will reunite with your loved ones because this isnt the end. fly high; god gained a beautiful angel the other night&he has a reason for all this we just dont know what that reason is yet. rest easy liam.

    1. nicole dipenta

      ****And today Alex played your favorite songs in the car for you, he loves & misses you more than anything but someday youll meet again.

  23. Kara Doyle

    I remember having class with Liam he never failed to bring out laughs and smiles to everyone, even the teachers. I’ve always admired how sweet and nice he was to everyone since those kind of people are hard to come by these days. When I found out he died I was shocked and couldn’t believe it my heart still aches I don’t think it will never stop hurting, he was amazing and its tragic that his life was cut short he was going to go places.

    Shine on Liam Armstrong <3 rest in paradise

  24. Elaine Parks

    To the Armstrong family,
    My daughter, Ericka went to school with Liam since Tackan days. When she called to tell me the news I was truly devastated. I wish there is more I can do other than send my sincerest condolences. Although I haven’t seen him since the 5th grade class trip, from what my daughter says and reading comments from people, I can tell he was truly a fine young man who made people smile and feel good about themselves. My prayers to you and your family, to the Smithtown community who grieves with you and for Liam, himself, to watch over us all. He’s rejoicing with our Lord. Take comfort in that.

  25. Barbara Armstrong

    Liam…you were always my little you are gods.

  26. Maryellen McCutchen

    Though I did not know Liam personally, I know his mom Barbara through Tackan. I just want to send our deepest condolences to his family and to let them know we are all thinking of them and praying with them, and for them during this very sad time. We are all so very sorry for your loss. God bless you all.

  27. Veronica Strack

    I will keep your family in my prayers!

  28. Sabina Goohs

    To the Armstrong Family, May God watch over you and keep you strong as you face this horrible loss. I did not know you or your son nor did I ever meet Mr. Specht or his son. (My son has Mr. Specht now and speaks his praises on a daily basis) I can only say as an outsider that ReesSpecht life seems to be spreading good karma throughout the community and it is wonderful to see so much good come out of so much misfortune. May God Bless you all.

    Sabina Goohs

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  30. Rich Specht

    Dear Mrs. Armstrong,
    Most people will start conversations with you regarding Liam and your loss with “I have no idea what you are going through”… sadly, or perhaps not, I can say that I know exactly how you feel. Whether your child dies at 22 months or 18 years, matters not. I wish I could tell you that there is some formula that I have divined that will ease your suffering faster, but I have experienced first hand that the pain only lessens with time. Cruely, it will seem like time is slowing down for you, which only serves to make the pain seem unyielding and without end.

    Believe me, it gets better. Days in which you do not wish to get out of bed give way to days where you find you feel somewhat like your “old self”. You will stop yourself at first when you realize that you almost feel normal, you may feel guilt, remorse or start to question everything all over again. The best advice I got from anyone was “Allow yourself to FEEL everything”. If you feel pain, let it wash over you and run its course. If you feel joy, let it envelope you – and try not to feel guilty about it. If you feel anger, raise your fist to the sky and yell in defiance! – regardless of the feeling, make sure you FEEL it.

    I wish I could take this pain away from you. In many ways Liam’s passing has brought back memories of my own loss, and those same feelings. My outlet has been my writing, and ReesSpecht life. In time, your outlet will come to you. Please know that I am here for you. You can call me anytime… my cell is 680-8881. My wife and I are here for you and your family. The entire town of Smithtown is here for you. Through ReesSpecht life, there are literally thousands of Rees’ pieces here for you. I am so terribly sorry for your loss. It will get better. I promise.

    Rich Specht

  31. Barbara Armstrong

    Dear Mr. Specht,
    My son Liam spoke very highly of you when you were his teacher. He said that you made learning fun…which is the highest compliment that a teacher can receive from a child of mine. He loved that you were available to your students online. I have been following your website for sometime now and have read your essay “Why”. It broke my heart then and now. Liam was happy, friendly, kind, outgoing, athletic and a wonderful son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. We were blessed to have him in our lives for 18 years. We will cherish the wonderful memories that he gave to all of us.

  32. Julia Gregory

    I only knew Liam for about a month and I wish I could have gotten to know him better but in the little time I did know him he was one of the funniest and sweetest kid I ever met. He was the life of the party. I know he’s at peace and is watching over all if us. Love you Liam your always in our hearts

  33. Connie Gallagher

    Liam always was polite, had a great sense of humor. He would always nod and smile at me when we passed each other in the hallway. I don’t know his Dad, but his Mom had the same personality, always a pleasure to see. My sincere condolences to the Armstrong family, Liam was a fine young man.

  34. Mr. Specht

    I had Liam in 8th grade 4 years ago. I often jokingly tell my students at the end of the year that I am sorry about any future meetings we may have and I blank on your name. Liam was one of those students whose name I would never blank on. He left a mark on the people he came across. Even in 8th grade it was easy to see his charisma and charm. He would joke with me on a daily basis and I always enjoyed our brief conversations. I remember Liam as a young man who was well liked by his fellow classmates, and extremely gregarious. Upon hearing of his passing last night, I felt that pit in my stomach that I had hoped to never feel again after the passing of my own son a few months ago. I feel so much sadness in the knowledge that this world has lost a truly good young man, and a family has been devastated by his loss. Godspeed, Liam. I hope my little Rees is there to show you the ropes…

    1. Kimberly Specht

      So proud to call you my brother…. To Barbara.. May you find comfort and peace by all of “Rees’ Pieces” God Bless you and your family

  35. amy brault

    LIAM is my neighbor. When we got our dog 8 years ago,he kept getting out of my yard. Every day Liam would ring my doorbell with that great smile of his and he’d bring my dog Jake back to me. One day he told me to let Jake out in the yard and he and his friends would stand guard around the fence and they figured out where he was escaping from! Liam got some wood and rocks and closed up the area and Jake never got out again. I tried to pay him for what he had done and he just flashed me a smile and said “no worries”….he was a great kid and neighbor and my heart breaks for his family and friends…

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