M O M M A B E A R / Florence Starr, at 86, was peacefully and gently promoted to glory on July 25, 2010, after being diagnosed with cancer only five months earlier. She remained dignified, strong and courageous during her sickness. She was married to Percy for 61 years and they both delighted in raising their three children; Duane, Byron & Dawn in Fernie. There was “laughter in the walls” of that good old home. These were two friends of all Christian churches. They took in war-torn youth from Poland and Czechoslovakia after the 2nd world war. They took young disadvantaged kids right out of prison, into their home and raised them as their own. Children have been named after them. She was a school board trustee, sponsored and ran; a Junior Citizens club, a Senior Citizens club and founded the Tom Uphill Memorial Home so elder seniors could live-out a quality and dignified life. She ran for Mayor one year way back. She was recognized as “Citizen Of The Year” by the city and recently nominated for the “Order Of Canada” for her life-long community service. She was proud to be a Salvation Army soldier. She had a keen sense of what was right and wrong and knew what to do about it. Her exuberance for life and infectious personality touched everyone. Baseball and hockey, in New Westminster, will never be the same without her. She is remembered and appreciated by many friends but forever and ever, Loved and cherished and treasured by all the Starr & Camilli family including; Duane & Donna, Sharlene, Dawn & Dave, Karey, Kristi, Byron & Barbara, Jason, Laura, Andrew, as well as her adopted family; Ken, Richard & Kelly. We were all blessed when she was born. Many, many, thanks go to Dr. Henry Wong & Dr. J. Keegan-Henry, two outstanding doctors and the wonderful caregivers at the Laurel Place Hospice.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 22, 2010 at the Salvation Army Church, 325 Sixth Street, New Westminster BC V3L 3A9 to celebrate Florence Starr’s “unbelievable” life. It will commence at 1:00 pm. followed by sandwiches, and beverages, made with tender Love and care by her many friends at her church. In lieu of flowers she would appreciate donations to the N.W. Salvation Army.