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STARCHUK, James Michael

May 15, 1929 – September 17, 2012

James (Jim) Michael Starchuk, beloved husband of Ferne Starchuk of Calgary, passed away on Monday, September 17, 2012 at the age of 83 years.

Jim arrived with his twin brother Jack on May 15, 1929 in Drumheller, Alberta to George and Kathryn Starchuk. He married Ferne Yvonne Jones on September 28, 1951 and shortly thereafter deployed with the Canadian contingent of the United Nations forces in Korea where he was attached to the Provost Corps.

After retiring from the Canadian military, Jim worked in the security division of the Firestone Tire & Rubber company operations in Calgary. He then moved to another challenging and rewarding career with the University of Calgary where he retired as the supervisor of Patrol Operations.

Throughout this time he enjoyed curling and camping and trailering in the areas around the Canadian Rockies. Jim also spent many years involved in the St Joseph’s Parish. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer in the mid 90s which was a set back, but true to form he battled through this challenge. Known as Dad, Jim (Ichabod), granddad (grandpa) and Uncle Jim, he will be missed by all. We remember his hobby of collecting (pretty near everything), his story telling (and what tales they were) and how he was positive and friendly, openly talking to everyone.

Besides his loving wife Ferne, Jim is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Lynda and Robert Biedler; two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Terri, and Scott and Gail; and grandchildren, Sean and Paul (Heather) Clarke, and Jaime and Dana Starchuk. He also leaves behind many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by all his siblings.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (640 – 19th Avenue N.W.) on Friday, September 21 at 10:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through Special thanks to the Newport Harbour Care Centre staff and the Tom Baker Cancer Centre especially Dr. Johnson and Dr. Glen Curtis.

In living memory of Jim Starchuk, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Fern and family
    Sorry to hear about Jim, you have my deepest sympathy.


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  2. Dear Lynda and Michael,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Your dad was a remarkable man that would always make me laugh. I enjoyed having the occassional cup of coffee and hearing the tales that he so loved to tell. Even more interesting were the numerous items that he always seemed to acquire and take great pride in showing and explaining their worth.

    The best memory of your dad that I still giggle about is when I picked him up to take him to see Auntie Ferne in the hospital. He got in my truck saw the coins that I just leave there, promptly checked them all to see if there was any quarters that he should trade me for. My coins were a dissapointment to him. I had nothing but change that I was told not to be leaving in the vehicle. Once that exercise was complete your father waited until we parked at the hospital looked straight into my eyes and said “Lori-lyn, your vehicle is dirty, have you thought about washing it and vacuming it out?” Although embarassed by the state of my vehicle I explained it was due to my dogs and assured him yes I would clean and vaccuum my vehicle. With that said I received the traditional “that’s a good girl Lori-lyn” and off we went to have coffee and story telling with your mom. Your father will always hold a special place in my heart as he will in yours.

    I know your dad would be proud and grateful for the way you took care of him in his last few years. In your time of sorrow try and remember the joy that he brought to so many and how even though he is in a better place he has left us all with plenty to giggle about.

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  3. Tony & Rita & Family :

    Starchuk Family,

    We so are sadened to hear of Jim’s passing. Losing a loved one is always a difficult time,especially a man such as Jim. He has touched so many lives in a positive way. We will miss his sense of humour and charm.

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love Tony,Rita,Peter,Michela.

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  4. Uncle Jim,

    I tried to call you last week to say hello while I was in Cowtown. I am so sorry to hear that you are off to a better place. When I saw your picture it was like I was looking in a mirror. I Love you so much and you will be in my heart forever. You are one of the good guys, and always have been. Thank-you for being you. Love Jack Jr.

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  5. On behalf of the members of the Canadian Provost Corps Virtual Association I offer our deepest condolences to the Starchuk family in the recent passing of our former Provost colleague. May he rest in peace and we will remember him!

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  6. Please accept my sincere condolence.
    From an old C.Pro.C.friend. Joe Hart.

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  7. Joan Tittemore and Anne Popwell :

    So sorry to hear that Jim has passed. He was a great guy and he helped us, as next door neighbors, feel welcome and comfortable when we lived in Scenic Acres. He’d shovel our driveway in winter, check our place when we were away somewhere and share a beer and, of course, a story when the weather was nice. Hugs to Ferne from both of us.

    Joan Tittemore & Anne Popwell

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  8. Ferne: I would like to extend my deepest sympathy for your loss. I have a lot of wonderful memories of what a wonderful person Jim was (to everyone) from my days at the University Campus Patrol. Please accept my condolences.

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  9. I got to know Jim a bit thru Jack Sr, Jack Jr and John and Robyn Murray who lived next door on 23rd Avenue NW. He had a wealth of knowledge and debated just about any newsworthy topic with vigor. He was a real “social networker” long before Facebook. A breathe of fresh air. My condolences to his family and friends.
    John Hughes – Oklahoma City

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  10. Just was told of your families loss, condolences from the Langlois family.

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  11. Madge Perko ( Late Jack Sr's Gal.) :

    Jim, you were such a Great Guy and I will always remember and Love you.May you Rest in Peace. Hugs to Ferne from me and my deepest sympathy to the Starchuk family. Love, Madge.

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