August 21, 1944 ~ September 9, 2019
Armstrong C. Onwubere was born to Nelson and Dorothy Onwubere on August 21, 1944, in Owerri, Nigeria. He was one of ten children. Armstrong immigrated to the United States in the 1960s and resided in Washington, D.C. where he married Tazzie Holman. His eldest daughter, Christine Onwubere-Roye, was born to this union. Upon separating, Armstrong moved to Southern California and studied engineering at the California State University of Long Beach. In 1972, Armstrong met Delores Looney. They married in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 29, 1974. Ebony, Nina, and Yolanda Onwubere were born to this union. He adopted Jermaine Onwubere, Delores’s son from a previous marriage, in 1979.
Throughout his life, Armstrong Onwubere worked as a retailer. He began this career owning and operating a liquor store in Long Beach, CA named Jack’s Liquor where he took on the moniker, Jack. After a handful of years in operation, Jack’s Liquor was taken by the City of Long Beach as eminent domain in the gentrification of Downtown Long Beach, CA. Soon after, Armstrong went on to rent and operate a couple of other liquor and convenience stores. During this period of entrepreneurship, Armstrong Onwubere’s love for and investment into antiques began.
Initially, as a hobby, Armstong collected antique furnishings, and later he began to refurbish and sell them. He had a great love for antique clocks and music boxes. His passion for antiques was fostered by their uniqueness. Like an Antique’s Roadshow appraiser, he loved spending hours pouring over books and on the internet researching each new piece to learn their history and value. Later, he opened his own antique store. Armstrong also sold pieces at the Rose Bowl Flea Market, the Long Beach Antique Market, and on eBay. Armstrong took pride in the collection he amassed and loved to sit amongst his clocks winding and setting them to various times. When asked what he was going to do with his collection, he often joked that he was going to open a museum. Armstrong not only loved antiques; he also enjoyed several genres of music, soccer, boxing, World Wrestling Federation (WWF) matches, Miller High Life beer, large cups of black tea, oven-roasted peanuts, Andes chocolate mints, Chinese food buffets, and Cold Stone Creamery ice cream.
Proceeding him: Nelson Onwubere (father), Dorothy Onwubere (mother), Grace Onwubere - Ihezue (sister), Silenah Onwubere - Nwosu (sister)
Armstrong Onwubere leaves behind his loving wife of 45 years, Delores L. Onwubere, Christina Onwubere-Roye (daughter), William Roye (son in law), Naeema Roye (granddaughter), Emmanuel Roye (grandson), Jermaine Onwubere (son), Ebony Onwubere (daughter), Nina Young (daughter), Reese Young (son in law), Yolanda Onwubere (daughter), Samuel Onwubere (brother), Vincent Onwubere (brother), Patience Onwubere - Opachra (sister), Rosaline Onwubere -Amafula (sister), Sydney Onwubere (brother), Loise Onwubere - Nnawuchi (sister), Fanny Onwubere - Nwaobilor (sister), numerous In-Laws, a host of nieces and nephews, and several friends and acquaintances.
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