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 www.mcinnisandholloway.com. 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.Print This Obituary & Condolences