Christopher Starling Obituary, Death – On November 12, 2022, Christopher Michael Starling, age 47, passed away in an unexpected manner. On March 19, 1975, he was brought into this world in Elkton, Maryland.
Chris is survived by his children, Liv W. and Greyson L. M. Starling of North East, Maryland; his parents, Malcolm “Mike” and Gloria (Lewis) Starling of Charlestown, Maryland; his brother BJ (Abby); and a large number of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Chris passed away on April 15, 2019. His companion was a woman named Mary “Stacie” Malmgren.
The Benjamin Lumber Co. was Chris’s most recent employer. His primary occupations were as a firefighter for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at Perry Point in Maryland and as a fire specialist for the Department of Defense (DOD) at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. Chris graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Fire Protection, as well as a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Homeland Security.
In addition to his children, his primary interest was in the natural world. Chris, the naturalist, had many hobbies and interests, including photography, identifying plants, bonsai, tie-dying (using Sea Star Tie Dyes), and birdwatching. He had a lot of musical ability and was a Deadhead. He was a mandolin master and played in a number of different bluegrass bands. In addition to that, he helped guide his son’s baseball team and supported his daughter’s photographic endeavors.
Chris became a member of a number of clubs. He served as the Facebook page’s moderator for the Maryland Birdwatchers Identification Group. Both the Maryland Biodiversity Project and the Cecil County Breeding Bird Atlas were under his leadership.
On Sunday, November 19, 2022, a memorial service will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Crouch Funeral Home, which is located at 127 South Main Street in North East, Maryland.
The time of Chris’s Celebration of Life will coincide with the Spring Bird Migration, which was his favorite time of year because it was when his birds migrated from the south to the north along the Atlantic Flyway.