Richard A. Starry (Dick), Sr., 81, of Manchester, died on January 27, 2021 at Community Hospice House in Merrimack surrounded by his loving family after a brave battle with COVID.
Born in Lansford, PA on August 7,1939, he was the son of the late Andrew and Ann (Roscoe) Starry. He served in the US Air Force, earned his bachelor's degree in business from Rivier College and worked as an Air Traffic Controller and an Instructor at the Boston Air Traffic Control Center before retiring in 2016.
Dick loved his family, nature and sports. Growing up, many family memories were made fishing off the coasts of Maine and Massachusetts, playing tennis and skiing at Waterville Valley, attending sporting events in Boston and going to Penn State games. In the summer, he enjoyed sitting on the deck, watching wildlife, smoking a cigar and listening to Cleveland Indians baseball games. In the fall, he followed Penn State and Cleveland Brown's football.
He wintered on Jekyll Island, GA with his wife Joyce and developed many friendships with the other residents over the years. He was an avid golfer, highly skilled accordion player, occasional poker player and made wonderful friends that he cherished deeply. He had the gift of story and corny joke telling. He also played the piano, and his family will miss their annual Christmas sing-along's with tambourines, bells and spoons for those with less musical abilities.
Dick's family would like to thank the ICU and hospitalist doctors, nurses and staff at Elliot hospital and the nurses and staff at Community Hospice House in Merrimack.
Surviving family members include his wife of 57 years, Joyce E. (Crowell) Starry of Manchester; two sons, Rick Starry, Jr. and spouse, Jim Hake of Tucson, AZ and Mark Starry and wife, Lynne of Concord; and two grandchildren, Amanda Starry of Manchester and Sarah Starry and fiancé Hunter McDowell of Manchester. Richard was predeceased by both parents and two sisters, Mildred Reinhart, who also passed from COVID, and Mariam Starry.
SERVICES: Due to the pandemic, the family has decided to postpone services and hopes to have a celebration of life for Dick in the summer. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Dick's name to: Families in Transition, 122 Market St., Manchester, NH 03102.