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Bill Starkey Tribute Concert Memories

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Thank you to Lisa Robinson for providing these wonderful images.


March 12, 2018

Billie Holt

“I am a long time Docent here at the museum and this is my special memory about Bill and Herb Sinclair: If I happened to be here on Monday morning for a tour or special project, I could look forward to the squeaks and squawks all morning as they tweaked the organ!! But, the payoff came when they were all done and Bill sat down and played the organ!! It was so beautiful!! Thank you, Bill, for that memory”.


Pat Boisen

“I went to high school with Bob, Bill’s son. Came to know Mr. Starkey when my dad, Herb Sinclair, joined the restoration of the organ crew. I smile when I think of them, and am proud that these two men shared their incredible knowledge, skill and passion with us”.


Sherry Bowen

“We moved to Wenatchee in March 1967 and Ron went to work for the phone company. Bill was his boss and was so kind to him and our family. Bill would come to our house and help out with problems and projects whenever he was needed. He invited us to the museum for many events and programs!”


Carlton Olson

“Bill worked with my dad, Ralph Olson at Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, in the building now owned by Local Tel on Chelan and Yakima Streets. When Local Tel bought this building a few years ago, I introduced Bill to Brenda Nandells’s, the new owner’s wife. As we toured the building, Bill was the living historian pointing out and explaining the features and unknown facts of that structure. It was like the walls were talking to us. Wonderful experience and another wonderful episode of this fine man”


Mick Tyrrell

“Approximately 1952 I was hired by Beanie Lanphere at Belmont Radio and Music and discovered Bill Starkey was the Electronic Serviceman. He and I shared the janitorial duties for the next couple of years.  We have been good friends for over 65 years”.





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