NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Charles Francis Starr Jr., 87, of North Adams, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, after a brief illness.
Born in North Adams on May 21, 1925, son of Charles F. Starr Sr. and Margaret Thomann Starr, he attended local schools and graduated from Drury High School with the class of 1943.
Mr. Starr was the proprietor of Starr Auto Sales, which he ran with his wife from 1959 until his retirement in 2002. In his early years, he was employed by the former Cornish Wire. He started Vet's Taxi in 1946, then went to work for Gilmore Cadillac and Oldsmobile in 1952 as a used-car manager.
An avid sports fan, he enjoyed watching his grandsons play high school and college athletics. He supported Drury baseball, softball and basketball through a scholarship program. His favorite pastime was collecting stamps, and working on cars and car parts. He was an active member of the Berkshire County Deputy Sheriffs Association and enjoyed fundraising for its charities.
His wife, the former Norma Moran, whom he married in July 1955, died in September 2005, after celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
He leaves two daughters, Cheryl Starr Boillat and her husband, Paul, of North Adams and Judith Rose and her husband, Alan, of Plattsburgh, N.Y.; a son, Keith Starr and his wife, Michelle, of Leominster; three stepsons, Bruce Catrambone and his wife, Barbara, of Ballston Spa, N.Y., Gregg Catrambone and his wife, Carol, of Harrah, Okla., and Joseph Catrambone and his wife, Nancy, of Clarksburg; a sister, Marlene Bush and her husband, Francis, of North Adams; nine grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren, five great-grandchildren and nieces and cousins.
FUNERAL NOTICE — A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Mr. Starr will be celebrated Friday, Jan. 4, at 11 from St. Elizabeth's Church, North Adams. Burial will follow in Southview Cemetery.
Calling hours will be Friday morning from 9 to 10:30 Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, Central Chapels, 74 Marshall St., North Adams. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested for Elder Services of Northern Berkshire Meals on Wheels program through the funeral home.