Abraham Lincoln Starr

February 22, 1952February 10, 2021

“There is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

Abe Starr – February 22, 1952 - February 10, 2021

Abe was born in Toronto, but spent his life in Nova Scotia, most at home on the water, or beside the water, or the twenty-minute drive from the water that Nova Scotia affords those lucky enough to call her home.

Abe was a husband, a dad, and a grandfather, and the sum of those roles was his whole world. He loved his family with everything he had, every day, and those who he leaves behind on the next stage of his journey, his wife of 46 years Shelagh, his daughters Caroline (Matt Reid) and Trisha (Tim Mullen), and his grandchildren, Eva (7), Charlie (6), Gus (2) and Mya (2), will think of his warm embraces and unique sense of humour often and remember him with all the love he had for them (and his many cats).

Abe was a skilled sailor and captain of many vessels over his years, and those who crewed with him know that being with him on the water was a learning experience, and through sharing his boats over the years he introduced many to his great love of the sea, who went on to have adventures of their own on the basin and beyond. His family will remember him at the helm of their adventures on the water with him, between Digby and Hopetown in the Bahamas and everywhere in between.

He inherited his love of the water, and his entrepreneurial spirit from his father, Joseph Starr, a Jewish immigrant from Poland who settled in Ontario as a small child. The concept of home was important to Abe, and he spent his life creating homes for people who were unable to access home ownership. His investment and generosity in this work over many years was never advertised, but well-known and understood by his family and those who knew him best.

We are so grateful to have had Abe with us for the many years we did after he had his first heart attack at age forty, and grateful for the care he received after his second at Digby General Hospital and QE2 in Halifax, twenty-nine years later, even if the result was not the outcome we hoped for. Abe lived a full, abundant life and worked every day to be the best he could be for his wife, children, and grandchildren.

May his memory be a blessing.

If you’d like to make a donation in Abe’s memory, the family suggests The Society for The Friends of Ferals: or The Heart and Stroke Foundation:

A celebration of life will follow in July 2021. Details to come.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Chris Thurber

February 24, 2021

Sorry to hear of Abe's passing. Sincere condolences to the family . Chris Thurber.

Rick Long

February 20, 2021

Shelagh & Family , This is sad news ... Abe was a unique guy .... a different soul for sure , he knew the value of life and embraced it ! Always seem like whenever I thought of him... we'd usually cross paths somewhere in Digby . Deepest sympathy to you and the family.


Shelagh R. Starr

February 19, 2021

Shelagh, I am so very sorry for you and your family's loss. Your Abe sounds like a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours during this very difficult time.

Theresa/Elaine Thibault

February 19, 2021

Shelagh so sorry to hear of Abe's passing. Please we know we are thinking of you at this time.

Debbie mccluskey

February 19, 2021

so sorry for your loss Jimmy will remember Abe well our sincere condolence to you and the family Jimmy and Debbie Mccluskey

Sylvia McMillan

February 19, 2021

Shelagh, and Family
I was saddened to read of Abe's passing. I will never forget our
friendship as neighbours those many years ago.
Life goes on, enjoy it with your girls and their families.
Thinking of you.


Rich Thomas

February 19, 2021

Dear Shelagh, Caroline, and Trisha,
Sorry to hear of your loss. Praying you are comforted during this hard time. Hold your memories of Abe close and share them often.

Ann Robichaud

February 19, 2021

Dear Shelagh, Trisha and Caroline,
We were so very saddened to learn of Abe’s passing. Our hearts ache for you. The beautiful obituary says it all. What a fine husband, father and grandfather! He will certainly be missed by you, his family, and the community.
May you find peace and comfort in the beautiful memories you have shared. Thinking of you during these difficult days.

Ann and Yvon Robichaud

Janet &Mark Osborne

February 19, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss our deepest condolences to you and your family .
I will miss my home comings with Abe on the deck next door at Ian’s. it was almost a daily summer ritual that I came home from work and was greeted with a wave and a warm friendly hello. Gods bless and keep you through this troubling time.

Adrienne Smith

February 19, 2021

My thoughts are with you and your family, Shelagh.