Stephen Hopkins Armitage, a former Westport resident who worked at the Westport Public Library, died Aug. 1, 2010, at home in Portland, Ore., from kidney and lung cancer.

Born in 1942 in Palo Alto, Calif., Armitage was the son of Albert Lawson Armitage and Margaret Anthony Armitage. He attended elementary school in Redwood City, Calif., and moved with his family to Westport in 1955, where he graduated from Staples High School in 1961.

He was a member of the U.S. Army National Guard of Connecticut from 1964 to 1970. He attended University of Connecticut, and graduated from Silvermine College of Art in 1967, completing a third-year honors program in 1968.

After many years working in retail management, Armitage became a librarian after receiving a bachelor of science from Charter Oak College in 1986 and master of science in librarianship from Columbia University in 1988. He worked at libraries in Connecticut and Oregon, including the Westport Public Library and various locations at Multnomah County Library in Portland. He served on the American Library Association's 1992 Caldecott Award Committee. Because of declining health, he retired as a reference librarian at the Midland Branch Library at the end of 2008.

Armitage painted and sculpted in his basement studio, was a master at flower arranging and designed imaginative plantings. He also enjoyed bird watching, canoeing, hiking and kayaking.

Survivors include his wife, Ellen Fader of Portland; a brother, Albert Armitage of Shelton, and nephews Albert (Tony) Armitage of Dorchester, Mass., and Daniel Armitage of Westport.

A memorial service will tale place from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Friends Meeting House at 4312 S.E. Stark St., Portland. Donations in his memory can be made to the Audubon Society of Portland and the Library Foundation (for Multnomah County Library). An online guest book is at