Death of Chris Starkey

Chris Starkey

We were saddened to learn of the recent, unexpected death of GCI-Canada pastor Chris Starkey. At about 11:30 p.m. a passing motorist noticed a person lying in the driveway. He stopped to check, then went to the neighbor’s for help. The neighbor identified Chris, and called 911. The ambulance arrived within minutes, but Chris had already died from a heart attack.

Chris was pre-deceased by his parents, Tom and Sarah Starkey and is survived by his two daughters, Sara and Victoria, his brother Ray, sister-in-law Lynn, and their children ZoAnne and Dustin, as well as a large community of family and friends.

GCI-Canada Director Gary Moore made this comment about Chris, who turned 63 in August:

I’ve known Chris since he arrived at Ambassador College in 1970. We were in the same dorm and became good friends. He was a humble, loyal servant of Jesus Christ and his people. I will miss him, as I know those of you who knew him will as well. Please pray for his family, and our members in St. John’s, Cornerbrook, and Gander, Newfoundland where Chris served as pastor.

Cards may be sent to:

Sara and Victoria Starkey
59 Hayward Avenue
St. John’s, NL , Canada A1C 3W6

7 thoughts on “Death of Chris Starkey”

  1. Dear Sara and Victoria,
    This a great loss to all of us who knew Chris. He always conducted himself as a Christian gentleman and was welcomed by our church members in Bangladesh during his mission trip to that country a few years ago.
    Please find comfort in the knowledge that he will be remberesd for his caring ways by the many who knew him. In respect. Roger Lippross

  2. We too attended college with Chris. We saw him at the Orlando conference in 2013. He was a great guy and way too young to die.

    Ken & Cathy Emerson

  3. We are sorry to hear of this loss. May God, through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, keep the family snuggled in His all loving arms during this time – and always.
    In Christ
    Grace Covenant Fellowship
    Birmingham, Alabama

  4. I remember Chris from our college days in Pasadena. He was always cherry and respectful with a bright smile and keen wit. His voice is still clear in my memory and that style of walking that seemed almost Texan. He left a lasting impression on me as a stand-up guy with a refreshing aura of sincerity. Deep condolences to his family. Rest in peace brother. ~Willard High

  5. Our prayers are with the Starkey family. Humanly we struggle with many questions surrounding our mortality. The “why” seems so hard for us to fathom. But, we know that our Father has the answer and that He will, according to His plan, raise us all up to a wonderful eternity.

    In Him,
    Santiago and Elke

  6. I am so sorry and shocked to hear of Chris’s untimely death. I knew him from my time in Canada and had caught up at International conferences in recent years. I always enjoyed his company.

    He will be greatly missed by many. Condolences to his family and the members he served. May God comfort you all,

    Phil and Deb Hopwood

  7. Chris was one of the few you meet who exemplify the “pure in heart”–a kind, calm, warm-hearted gentleman with loads of common-sense. I will miss the visits we had when I’d go home every summer. It was always a highlight of my year–regards to the family and his two fine daughters who will carry on his legacy–Neil and Susan Earle

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