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This Article Last Updated: Apr 24th, 2015 - 22:22:21 

David Millar 1930-2015
By John Finch
Apr 24, 2015, 22:09

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I'm deeply saddened to report that David Millar passed away on April 22, 2015. He was 85 and died peacefully with family by his side after a valiant struggle with Alzheimer's disease.

Dave was born and raised in Toronto and began sailing with his father and brother in boats they built at home. When he was 17, Dave did a beautiful job building a Comet, a 16' boat, somewhat similar to a small Star. This primed him for his next project, a Star, and a life-long passion for Star sailing.

Dave built his first Star, number 3078, at age 20. He subsequently built 3481, 4320 (with his brother) and 4756. Later on, he owned 5283, 4725, 5708, 6120, 6577 and 7060. Dave was always a strong competitor, winning countless races over a 60 year span and was runner up in three Olympic trials. He was also a very talented artist and successful graphic designer by profession. Our class logo of overlapping stars was drawn by Dave.

1960 Canadian Olympic Trials.
Dave Millarr & Peter VanBuskirk, 2nd place
For decades, Dave was the pillar of Star sailing in Toronto. He was the "go to" expert on everything to do with construction, repairs, sailing and racing, freely sharing his knowledge and assistance with everyone. The thriving fleet was due largely to Dave's efforts and devotion. I personally, was very fortunate to be mentored by Dave and am eternally grateful for his guidance and influence in sailing and in life.

Alzheimer's is a terrible disease that among other things steals away precious knowledge and memories. Three years ago, Dave and I went Star sailing for what turned out to be his last time. Sadly, his vast sailing knowledge and experience had already been taken away and he didn't remember or recognize anything. He was clearly distressed, not knowing what to do.......until he took the tiller. He steered the boat perfectly, with the characteristic smile, confidence and contentment that was always his manner. It appears nothing can take such ingrained ability away.

Fair winds and enjoy sailing your Star Dave. We will miss you.

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