May 10, 1950
Lake Shore Mine
Thomas Daniel Starr
Down in a stope located more than a mile below the surface in the Lake Shore mine, 45-year-old Thomas "Danny" Starr of 1 Brookbank died on May 10.
His partner, George Baczynski, an immigrant from Poland, was pinned waist deep in the muck and was rescued three hours after the accident. Baczynski was taken to hospital suffering from fractured ribs, a broken back, a fractured pelvis and a ruptured kidney.
Starr was employed at Lake Shore since 1930, except for 5 years of service in the Canadian Army during World War II.
The following statement was released by Alex Harris, mine spokesman, a few hours after the accident: "While timbering just below the 5,800 foot level of Lake Shore Gold Mines Limited, a fall of rock fatally injured Thomas Daniel Starr and injured his partner, George Baczynski." The two were scaling a breast when a large slab, weighing 5 tons, fell unexpectedly and pinned both beneath it. When they failed to report at the end of the shift, Shift Boss Joe Gibson went to look and found them under the rock.
Starr suffered a crushed chest, crushed abdomen and a compound fracture at the base of the skull. He was killed instantly.
During the Second World War, he had served with the Royal Canadian Engineers and saw service at Gibralter where he was a member of the tunnel crews. For his service there, he was mentioned in Dispatches and was later congratulated by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Gloucester.
He was survived by his wife, the former Margaret E. Brignall, and by daughter Joan who was attending Kirkland Lake Collegiate. His parents were living in Yorkshire, England.
The body rested at Symington's Funeral Home until the funeral service at St. Peter's Anglican Church with Canon J. A. Watton officiating. Interment took place in the local cemetery. The inscription on the gravestone is:
CORPORAL DANNY STARR B28522
BELOVED HUSBAND OF
MARGARET E. BRIGNALL