Toronto Star Sports Reporter Randy Starkman Passes Away

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  1. overedge

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  2. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    My post in the Krall/Chan thread also referenced this sad news: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showpost.php?p=3547011&postcount=33

    I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with him last year, and he struck me as being a very humane and worldly person, as well as a devoted family man.

    ETA my post from the FSU Archives last year:
    Randy Starkman was the journalist, and he signed off his email to me as follows:
    :respec:
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  3. Capella

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    In the link overedge posted, what a perfect quote for someone who covered figure skating:
    RIP
  4. algonquin

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    RIP - I enjoyed his writing.
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    I’m sorry to hear this. Only 51. :( We met him at the GPF and he was very pleasant. I’ll miss reading his skating coverage.
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    4rkidz GPF Barcelona here I come

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    I also met him a few times and was so impressed with his passion for the amateur skater in many different sports.. a class act.. RIP :(
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    I'm so sorry to hear this. I loved his article and passion towards sports.

    RIP
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    Very sad news indeed. My deepest sympathies to his family.
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    He was only 51. Much too young. RIP. :(
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    very sad. he did a lot to raise the profile of amateur sport in canada. my wishes go out to his family. RIP
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    Condolences to his family from afar.
    I enjoyed his articles and he came across as a pleasant person. What a loss.
    RIP.
  12. victorskid

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    He was well respected by the athletes (in all the amateur sports that he covered) and by other journalists/reporters - there are many articles being posted by both in the wake of his death.

    Condolences to his wife and daughter, his colleagues, and others impacted by his death at way too young an age.

    He will certainly be missed!
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    I always enjoyed his thoughtful articles. Very very sad.
  14. skatesindreams

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    Condolences to his family and friends.
    Great, caring, journalists are rare.
    He will be missed.
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    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    Here's a touching tribute by Clara Hughes, a multiple Olympic medalist for Canada in cycling and speed skating: http://clara-hughes.com/my-best-friend-in-sport-randy-starkman/
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  17. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    Indeed.
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    When Lance Brown announced this during the CTV Toronto Sports cast Monday night, I was literally sitting there in shock w/my mouth hanging open. Could not believe my ears and still don't quite believe it.

    As many have said Randy was one of the best, but was also one of the rare journalists who was not only good, but totally and completely caring about his beat. Which was Amateur Sports in Canada. I always read his articles, because I knew he wasn't just writing because it was his job, but because he cared and knew what he was talking about to boot.

    Amateur Sports and the athletes who represent Canada on the World Stage lost a true friend this week.

    Gone far too young and my condolences to his Family and Friends.

    God Speed to him and may Randy Rest In Peace. :(
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  21. Sylvia

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    Patrick Chan posted this tribute message to Randy Starkman on his Facebook yesterday:
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    Thanks, fan. There are some very touching and heartfelt messages there.

    Randy Starkman conducted this light-hearted Q&A video with Patrick Chan in October 2009 (I found the link posted in the Chan uber thread): http://olympics.thestar.com/2010/article/707970--the-naked-truth-about-patrick-chan

    I was glad to see a tribute to Randy Starkman in the 4/26/12 edition of "The Inside Edge" blog (scroll down to the end): http://web.icenetwork.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120426&content_id=29716584&vkey=ice_news
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    Thanks algonquin. The goodness and kindness of the late Randy Starkman lives on in the hearts of the amateur athletes. Great that Canada recognises the invaluable contribution of Starkman.
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    I'm glad that he will be remembered in such a meaningful way at an event that was so important to him.
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    Extremely, extremely sorry to hear this. I enjoyed his writing. My condolences to his loved ones.
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    What is the story about the single tear?
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    Thanks for letting us know algonquin. Lovely to know the athletes are honouring his memory in such a way.

    It still doesn't seem real Randy's not over there getting ready to cover these Games. :(
  30. Sylvia

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    I'm bumping up this 2-year old thread to post news I was happy to see today:
    http://olympic.ca/2014/05/15/new-award-created-in-memory-of-late-olympic-reporter-randy-starkman/

    His old paper, the Toronto Star, has an article as well: http://www.thestar.com/sports/amate...y_starkman_to_be_honoured_with_new_award.html
    (A quote by van Koeverden about Starkman is in my FSU sig. line.)
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  31. Garden Kitty

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    What a wonderful and fitting honor. Thanks for posting that Sylvia.
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    What a great tribute!
    I look forward to finding out who the first recipients will be.
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    That's a great idea and a wonderful tribute.
  34. spikydurian

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    Happy to know that Olympian medallist Adam van Koeverden spearheaded the special award in memory of Randy Starkman. The tributes and gratitude received from the athletes clearly indicate Randy Starkman was a much respected and loved journalist which is rare these days. Randy's family must be so proud of him.