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Obituary of Floyd W. Starr Jr.

Floyd W. Starr, Jr. 94, of Cortland passed away peacefully at his home on October 27, 2022. Born July 10, 1928 in Cortland, Floyd was the son of Floyd W. Starr, Sr., and Shirley Douglas Starr.

As a young man, Floyd was an accomplished athlete playing baseball, basketball, tennis, bowling and golf, but he was especially fond of golf. He joined the Cortland Country Club, as a junior member, at the age of 15. He was an active member of the club until 2016 when he became an honorary member, becoming the longest continuous member for 79 years. Many great friendships were cultivated over those years while playing hundreds of rounds of golf and he even managed to score a hole in one on four separate occasions. His competitive nature yet calm demeanor and respectful attitude towards others resulted in great respect and admiration from all those who knew him.

During his high school years, Floyd worked alongside his father at Cortland Auto Supply, which was founded by their family in 1913. After graduating from Cortland High School in 1946, Floyd attended Rochester Business Institute where he met the love of his life, Rosemary Kohlman, through mutual friends. He and Rosemary were married in December of 1950 and were married for 64 years, until her passing in 2015. Floyd graduated college in the spring of 1950 and returned to Cortland to continue his career with Cortland Auto Supply, eventually taking over as owner and operator until his retirement in 1986.

Floyd and Rosemary enjoyed traveling, visiting many state parks and golfing at various courses along the way. They were both dedicated Syracuse University fans and were season ticket holders to SU Basketball for 20 years and SU Football for 40 years, traveling to many away games as well. Although Floyd was always disappointed having witnessed the famed “Tie-Dye” game when they traveled to New Orleans for the 1987 Sugar Bowl against Auburn. He also enjoyed watching college basketball and was an avid Yankees fan. Floyd was a past member of the Cortland Chamber of Commerce and a faithful communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. In addition to his parents, Floyd was preceded in death by his loving wife Rosemary and sister, Dorothy Starr. Floyd is survived by his children; Rick (Sue Reygers) of Williamsburg, Virginia; Janet Starr of Cortland; Bill (Liz Eberst) of Cortland and Karen Starr of Richmond, Virginia. Seven grandchildren; Trisha (Todd) McDuffee, Michelle (Weston) White, Aimee (Corey) Bishop, Michael (Brooke) Stabile, Bailey Stabile and Kathleen and Margaret Starr and 10 great grandchildren; Brooke, Brielle, Keira McDuffee, Weston, Nathan, Jonathan, Carolina White, Gunner Bishop, Emma, and Allison Stabile.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 5th at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church. Prayers of committal will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. The family will be present to receive friends on Friday, November 4th from 4-7 p.m. in the Chapel of Riccardi Funeral Home 69 N. Main St., Cortland, N.Y. 13045.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish to honor Floyd’s memory in the form of a contribution are asked to please consider; St. Mary’s Parochial School 61 N. Main St., Cortland, N.Y. 13045

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