Joseph P. Starck

January 25, 1944November 21, 2018
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STARCK - Joseph P. November 21, 2018. Beloved husband of Carol (nee Whistler) Starck; loving father of Julie (Keith) Waldron, Joseph (Rebecca) Starck, David (Jody) Starck, Karen (Kinder) Woodcock, Christopher, James (Amy) and Thomas (Christine) Starck; devoted grandfather of Madeline, Joseph III, Elizabeth, Robert, Adam, Katherine, Sabrina, Jamie, Ian, Grace, Caitlyn, James Jr., Jack, Brady, Carly and the late Patrick. Dear son of the late Bernard F. and Madeline (nee Slack) Starck; dearest brother of Robert (Jane) Starck, Mary (Mike) Galus, Ann (Carmine) Romano. Friends may call Sunday from 4-8 PM at the DENGLER, ROBERTS, PERNA, FUNERAL HOME, 3070 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from St. John the Baptist RC Church, 1085 Englewood Ave., Tonawanda, Monday at 10:45 AM. Joseph was a proud member of the Rotary Club of Kenmore, Paul Harris Fellow .The Buffalo Canoe Club board of Directors and Fleet Captain . Received Boating Family of the year award in 1993. The International Order of the Blue Gavel, The Buffalo Yacht Club and The Niagara Sailing Club. Joe was also President of St. John the Baptist Home School and an avid member of the Holy Name Society. He was an active member of the Holy Angels academy Parents Board and St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute parent Committees. Memorials can be made to Kenmore Rotary Foundation .64 Comet Ave. Buffalo, NY 14216 Please share your condolences online at


  • Visitation Sunday, November 25, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, November 26, 2018

Joseph P. Starck

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Rose-Marie Pietz

December 3, 2018

Dear Carol, So sorry to hear of Joe's passing . Arnie and I are sending our heartfelt sympathy to you and the family. We remember fun times at Thunder Bay and Pt. Abino plus the many years working with Joe at Ronald J. Koch Real Estate in the Kenmore and Williamsville Offices. His class , sense of humor and dedication to family were enjoyed by all. Take care. Rose-Marie Pietz

Rick Hooper

December 3, 2018

Sailing with Joe and Bobby was the most most fun you could have on a Lightning. After winning the Niagara River Lightning Championship at NSC in 1965, Joe went up to my previous skipper and asked him if he had any other crew he did not want. I had won three previous NRLC's with my old skipper and both Joe and Bobby just let him know how grateful they were to have me on their boat. They really let him have was hysterical. The joy of sailing with the Starck Boys was beyond comparison. Whether it was roaring with laughter while racing or riding with Joe's convertible with Bob to the BCC; going through toll booths as fast as possible, tossing change into the basket at break neck speed; or watching for OPPs in Crystal Beach; those brothers knew how to make every moment fun. I saw Joe in St. Pete a few years ago, on his way out to watch soon to be world champ son David with Jody race. As Joe passed me in a motorboat while I was standing on the wall; I yelled "Hey Joe, Rick Hooper". He shouted back, "Hey Rick, How the hell are you>". Full of fun. a class act!

Barb Buyer Danz

November 26, 2018

I was so sad to hear about the passing of my friend, Joe, whom I have known since 3rd grade at St John the Baptist. Joe and his many friends and the girls from our class would walk down Belmont to my house on Gardenwood Lane...Joe, Tim and Dennis Finen, would ride their bikes over to torrment me many afternoons..As we grew up. we grew away, moved , lost touch but never thoughts. I still have the 8th grade picture from SJB.My husband and I showed up at the Stark summer home, Canoe Club...knocked at the door, and Joe just called "come in"...not knowing who was coming in! We laughed about it...who else would it be??
I know when come in"my time comes, Joe will be there just as welcoming, saying "come on in!"
We will all meet again! I share your pain Carol Whistler Starke. Many hugs and prayers.

Tony Dell’Isola

November 25, 2018


Deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father. I just saw the obituary and wanted to say our thoughts are with you at this most difficult time.

With deepest sympathy,
The Dell’Isola Family

Fred Hunger

November 25, 2018

The patriarch of one of the most open, warm, welcoming, genuine families we know. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Starck and Whistler families.
Fred and Marilyn Hunger

Christine Bylewski

November 25, 2018

So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you Carol and your family.

Tom Boergers

November 24, 2018

Carol and family,
We were surprised and sad to hear of Joe's passing. Please accept our sincere condolences. We have great memories of our times on Grimsby and Mckinley . Our best to the Starck family.

Cousin Tom and Cathy Boergers

Jerry Schnneeberger

November 24, 2018

My deepest sympathies to the Starck family for your recent loss.
Joe and his family contributed greatly to many of the positive memories from my childhood:
The great Cub Scout projects we made at his house. (I just recently passed the shoe shine box on to a grandson.)
The most significant memory of Joe and his family was their sharing with me their love of sailing in general and on Alert III on the Niagara River in particular. I still can't understand how we got in and out of their slip without a motor. Good thing Joe knew how!



Joseph P. Starck, 74, patriarch of a sailing family

Jan. 25, 1944 – Nov. 21, 2018

Joseph P. Starck not only came from a sailing family, but also passed his enthusiasm for the sport along to his children and grandchildren.

“He grew up on the river,” said his wife, Carol. “His dad was one of the founders of the Niagara Sailing Club. He sailed from a very early age. His friends were all playing baseball and he had to go sailing.”

After winning races with Highlanders in the 1970s, he went on to organize and officiate at races for the Buffalo Canoe Club for nearly 30 years. His sons have won world sailing championships. His family was named Boating Family of the Year in 1993, an award that his wife’s family received in 1959.

He died Nov. 21 in his Town of Tonawanda home after a long illness. He was 74.

Born in Buffalo, he was a 1961 graduate of Kenmore West High School and earned an associate’s degree from Bryant & Stratton Business Institute in 1963.

He was a driver for his father’s transportation firm, B.F. Starck Trucking, which was the sole distributor for a local food broker, until he became a real estate agent in 1968.

He joined R.J. Koch Real Estate in its Kenmore office, then became manager of the firm’s Williamsville office.

In 1972, he bought a Realty World franchise and established Realty World/J.P. Starck Inc., building a sales staff of 22 in his Kenmore office.

In 1979, Mr. Starck acquired the Western New York franchise for Parson Bishop National Collections, arranging collection services for retail merchants. He continued operating the franchise until 2003, then was a representative for Natural Cool air conditioning systems.

In the mid-1980s, he was part of the startup team for the financial newspaper Buffalo Business First.

He met the former Carol Whistler when they were both racing sailboats – Lightnings – at the Buffalo Canoe Club.

“When I was about 16 or 17, I was also sailing,” she said. “He would come up to the Canoe Club and he would race. Our first date was skiing. He was one of the first members of the ski patrol at Holimont. I didn’t start to crew for him until just before we got married.”

The Starcks, who married in 1964, focused more seriously on sailing after they bought a cottage in Point Abino, Ont., in 1972, and joined a Canoe Club nearby.

Mr. Starck exchanged his Highlanders for larger sailboats and eventually had motorboats for his race officiating duties.

Meanwhile, their children developed into champion sailors. Thomas won a world youth championship in Chile. Joseph Jr. won a youth title in New Jersey crewing for Jody Swanson, who married his brother David.

David and Jody have competed around the world. They were aboard the Lightning that finished second in the Pan-American Games in Brazil in 2007 and won the World Lightning Championship in Italy in 2013.

Four of the Starcks' five sons attended SUNY Maritime College. Joseph, a naval architecture engineer, is president of Great Lakes Towing Co. in Cleveland.

Their two daughters also are sailors. Julie Waldron has a 33-foot craft at the Buffalo Yacht Club and Karen Woodcock sails a 35-foot boat from Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts.

“These two girls’ families sail all the time,” Carol said.

Mr. Starck had been active in the Rotary Club of Kenmore, which he joined in 1971. He was a Paul Harris Fellow.

“His big thing for 45 years was Operation Santa,” his wife said, “raising donations for needy families so their children would have a Christmas.”

He was a leader in parent organizations at his children’s schools: St. John the Baptist School, Holy Angels Academy and St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute.

He was a parishioner at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and a member of the Holy Name Society.

Survivors include two other sons, Christopher and James; a brother, Robert; two sisters, Ann Romano and Mary Galus; and 15 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Nov. 26 in St. John the Baptist Church, 1085 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda.