In Memory

Don Starkey

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03/19/09 09:25 PM #1    

Louise Hocevar (Vanek)

A very vivid memory of Don Starkey was at my 16th Birthday Party, being carried up my basement steps on the shoulders of his fellow 'animals'! My folks still talk about it.

03/26/09 05:50 PM #2    

Dan Marignoni

Some deaths are harder to take than others, Don's is one of those. I fondly remember Starkey as a crazy son of a bitch,a neighbor, a drinking buddy but mostly as a friend. i remember driving downtown Cleveland and he was hanging out the window yelling ' Joni Mitchell' as everyone was leaving her was hilarious. I know you had to be there but I can still picture him like it was yesterday.

We miss you starkey..


03/26/09 07:12 PM #3    

Julie Shano (Howell)

He was my first love.I'll never forget seeing him for the first time at a student senate meeting.I thought he was the sexiest thing walking.I remember when he named Palladino "COOEY". My heart broke when I heard that he was gone. He will always be my first love.

10/23/11 10:56 PM #4    

Lauren Greitzer

Memories of Starkey

I have at least a million memories of Starkey, but none of them are from high school. In high school, Donald was the kind of guy who scared me just a little. No, all of my memories of him are from almost 10 years after high school, when we were together for a couple of years. 

And all of them are good.

Unlikely couple that we were, by the time we found each other, we fit together amazingly well. And despite absolutely real and convincing evidence of his wildman potential, I am here to tell you that Starkey was completely wonderful when we were together. He was the best boyfriend ever. Oh, I knew the legendary "crazy son of a bitch" stuff. But Starkey never went to the crazy side around me. He never went to the dark side either, but I knew it was there. I definitely knew it was there. 

Knowing that Starkey is gone, nowhere on the planet, is something I will never be able to wrap my mind around. What I want to say, what I've been trying to say, is that Don Starkey was a good man. His time here was too short for those of us who loved him. He was a good man. His life mattered. 

And yes, Julie Shano, you're right. He WAS the sexiest thing walking.


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