Welsh Heritage in Calgary
Ernest Starr was born in Caerphilly, Wales. He served with the Imperial Army, Medical Corps during World War I (1914–1918) in Egypt, Salonika and the Dardanelles. After the war he became a member of the Royal Canadian Legion (Alberta No.1) Branch.
Starr arrived in Calgary, Alberta in 1920. He founded and for many years operated Starr’s Ambulance Service. Ernest began a long career on Calgary City Council in 1940, when he was elected as a city Alderman for the first time. He served a total of twenty-one years between four broken periods from 1941 to 1966.
Starr was active in the community. He sat on the Calgary Board of Education, was a member of the Lions Club of Calgary and a Serving Brother of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem.
He later moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where he died at the age of 91.
The Ernie Starr hockey arena in Calgary, located in the community of Forest Lawn, was named in his honour.
[reference: ‘Welsh Heritage in Calgary’ … Betty Evans]