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Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home

199 Woodford Street, Portland, ME

OBITUARY

Harry Arthur Starbird Jr

September 1, 1927February 6, 2020
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Harry A. Starbird, Jr 1927-2020 South Portland- Harry A. Starbird, Jr., 92, of Breakwater in South Portland, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, February 6, 2020. Harry was born in Portland on September 1, 1927, a son of Hazel & Harry Starbird, Sr.

Harry was a graduate of Deering High School, Class of 1944, in Portland, and later graduated from Boston University majoring in Piano Performance; and was a member of the Portland Lions Club. Harry was the founder of Starbird School of Music with several locations in Maine and New Hampshire. He later worked for IMC of Fort Worth Texas in the wholesale music industry and his later years at Starbird Piano Shoppe.

He was in the U.S. Navy and based in San Diego, CA on the Destroyer William B. Smith and later honorably discharged to being one of the house musicians on the base.

He enjoyed a lifetime of summers on Long Island where he enjoyed his family, fishing and boating.

Harry is survived by his wife of 67 years, Barbara Starbird; his two daughters, Carol Crawford Bean and her husband Rick and grandson Robb Crawford; Jill Clarke and her husband Tom and their three daughters, Melissa Vasconcelos, Jennifer Pekarek, and Lauren Hale; his son, Harry A.Starbird, III, and his two daughters Elizabeth M.Starbird and Alisha B. Starbird, along with seven great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St. Portland.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the Long Island Fire and Rescue, South Portland Fire & Rescue, or, the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation of Portland

Please visit www.jonesrichandbarnes.com to sign Harry’s online guest book.

  • FAMILY

  • Harry Arthur Starbird, Sr., Father
  • Hazel (Pierce) Starbird, Mother
  • Barbara Starbird, Wife
  • Carol Crawford Bean (Rick), Daughter
  • Harry A. Starbird, III, Son
  • Robb Crawford, Grandson
  • Jill Clarke (Tom), Daughter
  • Melissa Vasconcelos, Granddaughter
  • Jennifer Pekarek, Granddaughter
  • Lauren Hale, Granddaughter
  • Elizabeth Starbird, Granddaughter
  • Alisha B. Starbird, Granddaughter
  • Harry is also survived by seven great-grandchildren
  • DONATIONS

  • Long Island Fire and Rescue
  • South Portland Fire and Rescue
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation of Portland

Services

  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Memories

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Tony Donovan

February 9, 2020

Carol, Jill , Harry and to your sweet mother Barbara on behalf of our family please accept oirsincere condolences . Harry has been part of all our lifes, all of our lives. A really good part. It will be sad looking to the sun setting in the west knowing the Starbird cottage is less one always smiling and welcoming face. God Bless.
Tony, Julie, Alexandra & Laura

Wilma Taliento

February 9, 2020

To the Starbird Family,
My deepest sympathy to all of you especially Barbara. Your Dad certainly made music for the Portland area! How proud you must be. Keep the memories close to your heart and they will comfort you.

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