Kenneth F. Starr, age 74, a lifelong Braintree resident, died unexpectedly, Monday, February 11, 2013 at the South Shore Hospital, after a long illness. He was born in Quincy raised and educated in Braintree schools and was a graduate of Braintree High School, Class of 1956. Ken was a well-known self-employed stone cutter. He loved his job, was old school and a master at his craft. His expertise was recognized internationally as he twice travelled to Pakistan, for weeks at a time, to engrave special Urdu lettering on a new nursing school. He was also commissioned to the Isle of Sardinia to do lettering on boulders which were to be used as street signs. Locally, Ken was responsible for engraving many monuments for the Town of Braintree, Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge and countless other monuments in South Shore and Greater Boston cemeteries. Ken served in the U. S. Coast Guard from 1956 to 1960. His last duty station was at the Gloucester Lifeboat Station in Gloucester, where he met his future wife, Judith. He was a member of the Braintree American Legion Post and a life member of the Braintree Lodge of Elks. Beloved husband for fifty-one years of Judith A. (MacDonald) Starr. Devoted father of Debra J. Starr of Braintree, Kenneth M. Starr and his wife Andrea of Canton, and the late Kevin F. Starr. Loving grandfather of Kayleigh Devlin and her husband Brian, Ryan Helbig, Emily Helbig, Ava Starr, and Grace Starr. Son of the late Harold F. Starr and Donatella (Sacchetti). Stepson of the late Fred DiBona, who raised Ken and introduced him to the engraving trade. Brother of Pat Lear and her husband David of Braintree, Dennis Starr and his wife Myrna of Natick, Jacqueline Walsh and her husband Jack of Braintree, Leonard DiBona and his late wife Diane of Rockland. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Friday, February 15th at 9:30 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint Francis of Assisi Church, 856 Washington St., Braintree at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the funeral home Thursday 4 - 8 p.m. Interment with Military Honors at Braintree Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Kens memory may be made to Expect Miracles Foundation, c/o 6 Quail Run Road, Hingham, MA 02043 or at www.expectmiraclesfoundation.org. You are invited to visit www.thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.
Published in The Patriot Ledger on Feb. 13, 2013