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Varney, Richard

January 15th, 2010

Varney,richardRichard L.Varney, age 80, of Wilmington, died peacefully, Friday, January 15, 2010, at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford following a courageous battle with cancer.

Richard was born in Portland, Maine on March 6, 1929, he was the son of the late Francis D. and Elsie M. (Vaccaro) Varney.  Richard was a United States Army Veteran during the Korean War. Richard met his future wife and the love of his life Helen Harris over 64 years ago and they married on July 2, 1952. The couple lived in Melrose, where Richard was a well established painter with his own business for over 35 years.  They moved to Wilmington several years ago.

Richard will be remembered as a hard worker, a devoted family man, and a good friend who was always willing to lend a hand.  He was not only a loving and caring father to his daughters, but also to his grandchildren he was a father figure.  Richard was a mentor to many and he created special bonds with those he loved.  He will be greatly missed.

Richard was the beloved husband of 57 years to Helen M. (Harris) Varney, devoted father of Donna M. Overbeck & her husband Joseph M. of Texas and Patricia A. Varney of Melrose, loving grandfather of John W. Blocksidge, Jr. & his wife Suzette F., and Michelle M. Medeiros all of Wilmington, Matthew R. Nelson and Nicole A. Nelson both of Melrose, and great grandchildren Angel M. and John W. Blocksidge III, brother of Dorothy Dunnigan of Missouri, brother in law of Betty & Al Jones of Everett, Bill & Helen Harris of Stoneham, Florence & Robert Holmes of Wilmington, John & Carol Harris, Virginia & the late James McGrath all of Billerica, Linda & William Gray of Salem, NH, Dennis & Marion Harris of Florida, Susan & Steven Robbins of Wilmington,  Dorothy & Joseph Balestrieri, Jr. of Billerica, and the late Kendall B., Jr. & Helen Harris, Richard is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great nephews.

Visiting  hours were held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, January 20th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  followed by a Funeral Service at 1:00 p.m.  Interment took place in the Veterans Lot at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations in Richard’s name may be made to Hallmark Health VNA & Hospice, 178 Savin St., Suite 300, Malden, MA  02148.

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  1. Patricia Varney says:

    Hello Dad, I can not believe it’s been a year today that you have been gone! My heart still aches and so does everyone else’s. We miss you and Love so, so much ! They say time heals all wounds …… I am finally getting a little stronger without you here, but God Dad I would do anything to see you and hug and hear your voice even if it was for 30 seconds. I love you Dad love you best bud daughter Patty xoxoxoxoxoxo

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