He immediately agreed to do so, but on condition that the appointment would be entirely unpaid. He left his own considerable business to be run by his staff for the duration of the war and moved to Johannesburg to service his country of adoption as a Deputy Director of War Supplies for no reward, except the satisfaction of doing his duty.
On his return to Cape Town from Johannesburg in 1945, in characteristic fashion, he wasted no time in resuming firm and undisputed management control of his company, which he firmly held on to until, in the early fifties, he sadly became afflicted with an incurable illness, which steadily sapped away his strength and ability. Before that occurred, however, he entered into what was undoubtedly the most prestigious period of his life, during which much honour was shown to him. He became a director of many important companies including The Industrial Development Corporation, The South African Marine Corporation, The Union Platinum Co., Plywoods Ltd, and Stuttafords, to mention some of them. He was elected a member of the Council of the University of Cape Town and played a leading part in many charities including The Ladies’ Christian Home and the YMCA. Shortly before his death, he was awarded the Gold Order of the Red Triangle, the highest tribute that the YMCA can pay. One of his greatest personal ambitions was to build his own house, and he resolved to do that on his Bellville farms. The wonderful woodwork including the windows, doors, panelling, as well as the furniture, that are around you were designed and made in his own factory by his own craftsmen. The stone fireplace in the lounge, comprising 365 stone shoddies, was made at Rochester Brickworks, of which he was Chairman, from Table Mountain stone that was quarried there. By the time it was completed George Starck had become a sick man, but he was spared to enjoy it for a year or so before he passed away in 1958. Annie Starck, his widow, who had lovingly nursed him through his long illness, sadly died at sea within a year on a Union Castle ship while returning from England to South Africa. The matter of the disposal of his considerable fortune on his death was one to which Mr Starck gave much thought during the later years of his life. He was, above all, anxious to repay South Africa for its acceptance of him as one of its citizens, and for the opportunities to succeed that it had offered to him, and which he so ably grasped to the ultimate great benefit of the country as well as himself. He chose the George and Annie Starck complex, including the Annie Starck Village and the G H Starck Centre, as the means of doing this and, although his scheme was little more than a germ in his mind when he made his Will, and the instructions that he left were necessary of a general nature only, I believe that he would be very satisfied with the way that it has taken shape if he could be with us to see it all today. Source: AN ADDRESS GIVEN BY P V COLLINGS AT OOSTERZEE ON 17 FEBRUARY 1992
Extract from a letter written by Mrs Darryl Hall, who lives in Cumberland in the U.K. Mr George Starck was her great-uncle. “Mr Collings was right in supposing that George Starck was one of seven children. The others were Emily, Mabel (my grandmother), Walter, Florence, Albert and Ivy. His parents were Walter Starck (1856-1923) and Emily née Steel. Walter was a flute-maker, as indeed the family had been for generations back, and I believe the last one to make flutes only retired fairly recently (he was a pretty distant relation though). I was fascinated to read that Annie Starck came from Maryport, which is only about sixteen miles from here.”