Garry Starr read his romantic poem to his wife, Leonie, before he was killed in a car crash yesterday.
Garry Starr read his romantic poem to his wife, Leonie, before he was killed in a car crash yesterday.

Valentine's Day tragedy



LEONIE Starr's husband was tragically taken from her yesterday in a Valentine's Day car accident.

But his love will stay with her forever.

Mrs Starr, of Yeppoon, will never forget and always cherish the prize-winning poem Garry, 46, wrote for her for Valentine's Day, 2006.

It read in part: This is the lady that I adore She is the love of my life She keeps me out of strife Of course she is my wife And I'll be with her for the rest of my life

Mr Starr was killed instantly when the Nissan utility, in which he was a passenger, overturned, about 4.30am, on Beef Road, 36km south of Middlemount.

He and the driver, also of Yeppoon who suffered shock and minor injuries, had been on their way to work at a mine site near Middlemount.

?Mr Starr was contracted.

"He didn't want to work out there but there was nothing locally,'' Mrs Starr said yesterday.

"He did it for the family.''

Mr Starr leaves behind three children ? son Alex (9), and daughters Denni (12) and Brandie (13).

Mrs Starr described her husband as "a friendly, caring man who loved his family''.

"He loved his beer and shed, like all men, and he hated mowing the yard but he still did it.''

Mr Starr's poem won the Capricorn Coast Mirror's 2006 Val- entine's Day competition.

The family enjoyed the prize, a Rydges Valentine's Package including wine, dinner at the Lagoon Restaurant, one night's accommodation and buffet breakfast, last weekend.

"It (accident) is just unbelievable. I kept thinking it's not my Garry,'' said Mrs Starr, an employee at The Strand Hotel.

Middlemount Police Sergeant Brett Funnell said the accident was being investigated and driver fatigue may have played a major role.

"At this stage there are no indications other vehicles were involved,'' he said.

Sergeant Funnell said there had been two other "serious accidents'' on the 100kmh stretch in the past four weeks.

Mr Starr's family have received support and will undergo counselling.

His funeral service is expected to be held next week.



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