James F. Starr

James F. Starr of Birmingham, MI died unexpectedly December 23rd at William Beaumont Hospital. He was 71.
Jim was a master metalsmith and owner of James Starr Metalsmithing. He graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and obtained his masters in Metalsmithing from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He began his career making Jewelry, showing his work at galleries in Carmel and San Francisco, CA. Upon graduating from Cranbrook, Jim opened his business in 1983 by reproducing many pieces from the Saarinen Metalwork Collection at Cranbrook, and the Saarinen Family. Jim built his business by producing custom decorative furnishings for architects, designers and clients. His work is in homes and businesses throughout Michigan, New York, California, and Florida.
Jim mentored his son Drew and taught him all the disciplines of Metalsmithing; they worked side by side for fifteen years.
Jim was an avid reader, conversationalist, and story teller. He read mostly about science, keeping up on the latest science breakthroughs in technology and the universe. He also loved sports, politics, his many dogs, and of course, his family.
Jim is survived by his loving wife Naomi, his son Drew, daughter in law Bethany, grandchildren Stella and Julian, his sister Carole Canfield, nephew Reiker Canfield and family, and niece Krista Howard and family.
A memorial celebration will be held at Christ Church Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, Saturday January 26th at 1:00 pm.
Memorial Donations may be made to the Humane Society of Michigan or (MARL) Michigan Animal Rescue League.

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