Randy Starkman

Toronto Star amateur sports reporter Randy Starkman loved what he did. Randy never stopped working. And Randy’s career will never be forgotten. Neither will his generosity, friendship and humour. He died April 16 at age 51 of pneumonia. He leaves behind wife Mary and daughter Ella. Colleagues and friends gathered in the Toronto Star newsroom on April 17 to remember Randy, a great man and a great reporter.
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Randy Starkman counts his stack after taking the Canadian mens Freestyle Aerial team in a game of Texas Hold'em poker after a day of practice at the Club de ski acrobatique Le Relais in Lac Beauport north of Quebec City.

Toronto Star photographer Steve Russell shares photos of the late Randy Starkman, a well-loved Star reporter who covered amateur sports with passion, and who died suddenly of pneumonia.

Randy Risling captured Randy Starkman taking a few snaps with his plastic camera while covering a story about Adam Van Koeverden in Algonquin Park.

Toronto Star photographer Steve Russell shares photos of the late Randy Starkman, a well-loved Star reporter who covered amateur sports with passion, and who died suddenly of pneumonia.

If you look closely in the glasses on speed skater Jeremy Wotherspoon you can see Randy Starkman's fingers holding up the flag.

If you look closely in the glasses on speed skater Jeremy Wotherspoon you can see Randy Starkman's fingers holding up the flag.

Amateur sports: Kerry Gillespie takes over beat Randy Starkman made famous #olympics #athletes

Amateur sports: Kerry Gillespie takes over beat Randy Starkman made famous

Amateur sports: Kerry Gillespie takes over beat Randy Starkman made famous #olympics #athletes

London 2012: Flat Randy project pays tribute to late Star reporter

London 2012: Flat Randy project pays tribute to late Star reporter

London Flat Randy project pays tribute to late Star reporter

Chris So captured this typical Randy Starkman moment, reading from a children's book (Bedtime for Frances) which be gave to Aria Renner, then two years old.

Toronto Star photographer Steve Russell shares photos of the late Randy Starkman, a well-loved Star reporter who covered amateur sports with passion, and who died suddenly of pneumonia.

Randy enjoys a glass of water while mugging for the camera in Lake Louise.

Toronto Star photographer Steve Russell shares photos of the late Randy Starkman, a well-loved Star reporter who covered amateur sports with passion, and who died suddenly of pneumonia.

Randy was always willing to sit in as I looked for photo ideas, like this at the Olympic sliding centre in Calgary.

Toronto Star photographer Steve Russell shares photos of the late Randy Starkman, a well-loved Star reporter who covered amateur sports with passion, and who died suddenly of pneumonia.

Toronto Star amateur sports reporter died of pneumonia April 16 at age 51. He will be missed.

Toronto Star photographer Steve Russell shares photos of the late Randy Starkman, a well-loved Star reporter who covered amateur sports with passion, and who died suddenly of pneumonia.

The newsroom gathered for the afternoon memorial. (Richard Lautens/Toronto Star)

The Toronto Star newsroom gathered for an afternoon memorial of Randy Starkman.

London 2012: Randy Starkman honoured in tribute at Canada Olympic House

London 2012: Randy Starkman honoured in tribute at Canada Olympic House

London Randy Starkman honoured in tribute at Canada Olympic House

Here's a look at the best photos of April from Toronto Star photographers. (Steve Russell)

Here's a look at the best photos of April from Toronto Star photographers.

Randy Starkman, 1960-2012. Rest in peace.

Randy Starkman, Rest in peace.

Randy sits in (to test the lighting) for Cindy Klassen during a photo session at the Calgary Olympic Oval.

Randy Starkman sits in for long track speed skater Cindy Klassen as Toronto Star photographer Steve Russell tests his lighting for a portrait, at the Calgary Olympic Oval at the University of Calgary on May (Steve Russell/Toronto Star)

Reporter Jennifer Yang in front of columnist Rosie DiManno and TorStar Chair of the Board, John Honderich. (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star)

Reporter Jennifer Yang in front of columnist Rosie DiManno and TorStar Chair of the Board, John Honderich.

City editor (and former sports editor) Graham Parley looks on as speakers take to the microphone. (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star)

City editor (and former sports editor) Graham Parley looks on as speakers take to the microphone.

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