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Congressman Neal Mourns the Loss of David Starr

July 1, 2019
Press Release

Springfield, MA - Congressman Richard E. Neal, Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, today mourned the loss of longtime Springfield Republican Publisher David Starr who passed away at age 96.

“With the passing of David Starr, the City of Springfield has lost one of its greatest champions. He was a man for all seasons who made an extraordinary contribution to the city’s renaissance during the 1980’s. A legendary figure in the field of journalism, a generous patron of the arts with his wife Peggy, and a skilled businessman, David Starr excelled in every endeavor. The vibrant downtown we enjoy today would not be possible without his remarkable leadership and vision. I will miss his friendship, good humor, and the professionalism he brought to the news business. He truly believed he had a responsibility to create a more informed public. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult hour,’ said Congressman Richard E. Neal.