Charles F.W. Starkey (1945-1996) was a native of Cambridge Narrows. As a child he played the piano daily while waiting for the school bus. Charles, along with his sister Lynne, Richard J. C. Brown, Deborah A. Connell, Harvey A. Arbo and J. Terrence Stilwell came together as a group of talented musicians in the 1980's and '90's. When Charles Starkey became ill in 1995 and eventually passed away from cancer in 1996, they and others wished to honour him, his musical talents and contributions to the quality of life in the many places where he shared his music and other skills.
The Charles F. W. Starkey Scholarship Trust was formed with the intention of supporting high school graduates of Cambridge Narrows who wished to pursue post-secondary education. Charles’ friends raised the funds for the Trust through a series of concerts over several years, investing the proceeds and using the earnings for the annual awards, benefitting many Cambridge Narrows students over the years.
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