Arthur Ernest STARRIE

STARRIE, Arthur Ernest

September 4, 1932 – February 7, 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Art on February 7, 2014. Art was born and raised in Port Alberni, B.C., moving later to Nanaimo where he met his wife of 48 years, Darlene. Art and Darlene moved to Toronto and then back to Port Alberni and Nanaimo, eventually settling in Ladysmith in 1969 to raise their family.

Art worked for many years with Crown Zellerbach as a logging truck driver, moving on in later years to work for other local companies.

His greatest love was his family. He always volunteered to be the taxi for his kids and their friends driving to activities in Nanaimo and Chemainus on weekends. Although he worked long hours as a trucker, holidays meant piling the family into the car for some kind of road trip (which usually resembled a Chevy Chase vacation movie) great memories. He always made sure his children were doing well in life and was proud of each of them. He spent many years as a coach for his daughters’ softball team, Torchy Tigers, and loved hearing from former players throughout the years.

Art is pre-deceased by his parents Arthur and Grace Starrie. Survived by his wife Darlene; children Sandy (Mike), Sharon (Drew), Shannon and David (Wendy); 4 grandchildren Amanda, Cory, Ashley and Cameron; sisters Louise and Delores; as well as nephews, nieces and many family and friends.

We cannot thank Dr. Fritch enough for the care he extended to our husband/father in the last weeks of his life. Exceptional beyond words. Thanks also to the staff at Ladysmith Lodge on 4th and the Chemainus Health Care Centre.

A Celebration of life to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.

Never say “Goodbye”, say “So Long”.