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Born: Jul 21, 1946

Date of Passing: Jan 05, 2021

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July 21, 1946 - January 5, 2021

It is with profound sadness the family of Walter Starr announce his passing on January 5, 2021 at the age of 74.
He leaves to mourn, his sons, Jeremy and Clifton; his partner Linda; his daughters, Carol (Vern) Guimond, Evelyn (Kurt) Guimond, Maureen (Allister) Courchene and Amanda Whitesell. He also leaves behind his brother John Starr; and sister Grace Wozny; his grandchildren and great-grandchild; as well as many nieces and nephews, and other extended family and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, James and Flora Starr; his sisters, Flora Letander, Christine Bird, Lucille Bruyere, Bertha Starr, Muriel Fontaine; and his brothers, George, Cecil and Douglas.
Walter was a vital part of the community of Sagkeeng First Nation. He was a lifelong entrepreneur. In his early days, he worked cutting pulp for Abitibi Pulp and Paper Mill, and later contracted with Abitibi to salvage logs from the Winnipeg River. He pumped water to the homes of community members, and then went on to trucking for a few years. Then he bought Teeny Boppers Convenience and worked it until his final days. He was proud that he was able to provide employment to the community when unemployment in First Nation communities is so high. He was especially proud to provide the youth of the community an opportunity for their first jobs. He impressed upon the youth the importance of learning life skills, and the rewards of having a strong work ethic. It was his wish that his store continues to provide those opportunities in Sagkeeng First Nation and surrounding communities.
Wake will be held at Christ Anglican Church, Friday, January 8, 2021 to Monday, January 11, 2021. Please note that due to Covid restrictions and limitations, only five at a time may enter. Service will take place on January 12, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. with interment to follow. The family is planning a memorial reception at a later date in 2021 when public health guidelines allow.

Arrangements entrusted with:
Rock Fontaine Funeral Director
Honour - Respect - Dignity
(204) 223-2576 or toll free 1 (866) 499-2601

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 09, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • My husband and I always enjoyed listening to Wally’s stories. He was a good story teller. He also had a great sense of humour. We are both sorry we could not attend his funeral due to the pandemic restrictions. I will be sure to visit his graveside when it is safe to do so... our deepest condolences to his family and friends. Wally may you Rest In Peace you worked hard all your deserve your heavenly rest, until we meet again... - Posted by: Madelain Hardisty Neveau (In laws) on: Jan 13, 2021

  • I’m sorry to hear Wally has passed; he was a good kind man and I always enjoyed seeing him. My condolences to his family. - Posted by: Alexandra Paul (Friend ) on: Jan 11, 2021

  • My family and I are so sorry to hear of Wally's passing. Wally was a good friend of our late husband and father and he always found time to stop in and visit. We are sorry that we are not able to be with his family during this time. Our deepest condolences. Mina Smith and family - Posted by: Mina Smith (Friend) on: Jan 11, 2021

  • So sorry to hear of your loss. My deepest sympathy to the family. Carmela.. - Posted by: Carmela wiggins (Friend) on: Jan 11, 2021

  • So sorry to read of Wally's passing. He sure was a busy man, well respected and my mom's (Mary Fontaine nee Starr) cousin, all the Starr's are my extended family. May he finally have a rest. Say hi to my mom, Wally, and see you guys later. Shink. - Posted by: Marie Fontaine (Friend ) on: Jan 09, 2021

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