John Alexander Starks

Starks, John Alexander

Peacefully at Rosebridge Manor on Sunday, November 12, 2017, 5 days shy of his 91st birthday. Loving husband of Mary Alice Starks (nee Moon, deceased). Dear father to Gary (Mugé), Sheila (Paul) and Ken (Brenda). Cherished grandfather to Evan (Gloria), Alex, Melis, Breanna, Kaitlin, Sara, Veronica, Emily and great-grandfather to Isaac, Daniel, and Finnegin. Predeceased by his parents Elritta and Alex, his sister Lois, and brother Bob. Fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

John was born in Burks Falls, Ontario on November 17, 1926.  As a young boy John liked to explore, and spent his free time roaming the woods around town. As John got older he craved adventure and the unknown, and joined the RCAF in 1946. He was made an avionics instructor at Camp Borden due to his high marks on previous courses.  In the late 1950's and 60's, John was stationed in Europe looking after Sabre and then CF-104 fighters. 

John met and married Mary Alice Moon on August 14, 1948. They were married 65 years. Over the years, they lived in Italy, Germany and Belgium as well as Canada.

After retirement from the air force, John and Alice moved to Cold Lake, Alberta where he worked as a civilian representative for the CF-18, and finally settled in Smiths Falls in 1988. John and Mary Alice enjoyed camping, and made great use of their pop up trailer. John also enjoyed hunting, and fishing.

John’s memorial service will be held at Lannin Funeral Home, Smiths Falls on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 11:30 am with Pastor Steve Sharpe officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ottawa Mission would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences available at