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    Toronto Star Sports Reporter Randy Starkman Passes Away

    He covered figure skating news quite often. RIP.

    http://www.thestar.com/sports/olympi...man-dead-at-51
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    My post in the Krall/Chan thread also referenced this sad news: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...1&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:
    BTW, the journalist who originally coined this infamous/famous "single tear" was told how this phrase has passed into legend here [at FSU] and seemed quite bemused by it all.
    Randy Starkman was the journalist, and he signed off his email to me as follows:
    Totally honoured by this ... I think.

    MST (Mr. Single Tear)
    Last edited by Sylvia; 04-16-2012 at 11:27 PM.

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    In the link overedge posted, what a perfect quote for someone who covered figure skating:
    “There’s now just a huge void.”
    RIP

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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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    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.

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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.

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    Condolences to his family and friends.
    Great, caring, journalists are rare.
    He will be missed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4rkidz View Post
    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
    Quote Originally Posted by victorskid View Post
    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.
    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-frie...andy-starkman/

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    Also a very nice tribute by kayaker Adam van Koeverden:
    http://www.thestar.com/sports/olympi...felt-thank-you
    You should never write words with numbers. Unless you're seven. Or your name is Prince. - "Weird Al" Yankovic, "Word Crimes"

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    Quote Originally Posted by overedge View Post
    Also a very nice tribute by kayaker Adam van Koeverden:
    http://www.thestar.com/sports/olympi...felt-thank-you
    Thanks! I liked this part especially:

    "You see, Randy lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it."

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatesindreams View Post
    Condolences to his family and friends.
    Great, caring, journalists are rare.
    He will be missed.
    Indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by overedge View Post
    Also a very nice tribute by kayaker Adam van Koeverden:
    http://www.thestar.com/sports/olympi...felt-thank-you
    lovely tribute.

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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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