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39 South Main Street
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Francis Varone

Francis J. "Dick" Varone

Monday, October 26th, 1925 - Friday, September 11th, 2020
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TROY - Francis "Dick" Varone, 94, former resident of the Mechanicville area, died Friday, Sept 11th after a brief illness. Born in Mechanicville on Oct 26, 1925, the son of the late Alfred and Jennie Cefferillo Varone, at age 17 left high school and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served almost 3 years, battling in the South Pacific Theater of Operations, including the invasion and capture of the island of Iwo Jima, where he endured combat wounds and was an eye witness of the monumental raising of the American flag over Mount Suribachi. Proud of his Marine Corps service, Dick regularly met with fellow Iwo Jima Marine veterans over the years, and had participated in the Leatherstocking Honor Flight program, to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
After being discharged at the War's conclusion, he returned home, and worked at his family's business, the former Ellsworth Hotel and the Mechanicville Golf Club restaurant.
In 1946, he met his future wife, Mary Lou Oliver, and they were married that same year.
Dick worked in various positions for the G.E. Silicone Products Div in Waterford, retiring in 1985 as supervisor.
After his G.E. retirement, Dick took many courses in golf equipment design at Golfsmith Golf School in Texas, and began his successful career as a certified club maker, coining his business "Ace of Clubs".
A lifetime member, former President, and Board Member of the Mechanicville Golf Club, including this present season he was the oldest living and playing member of the club he so enjoyed. He enjoyed these last several years with his playing partner and aide, Anthony "Bing" Miller, who the family wishes to offer heartfelt thanks to for the countless hours he devoted to Dick, giving him the opportunity to continue playing the game he loved.
Dick, thru the years, served as a former president and coach of the Mechanicville-Stillwater Little League and the Pop Warner football program, and was a member of the High School Football Booster Club.
Five years after the death of Mary Lou, Dick married Jeanette Danskin, until her death in 2014. He was also predeceased by his granddaughter Danielle Solomine and brothers George "Bob" Varone and Al "Fireball" Varone.
Survivors include his proud and loving children: Kathleen Varone, Maureen (Paul) Kruger, Frank (Renee) Varone, grandchildren Keri Signoracci and Michaela Varone and 4 great grandchildren. Also Jeanette's children Leslie, Scott, Ricky and Mark and their families.
A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, Sept 16th at Noon at the DeVito-Salvadore Funeral Home, 39 So. Main St., Mechanicville. Calling hours at the Funeral Home on Wednesday from 11 AM til Noon. Wearing of masks and social distancing procedures will be followed. Burial with military honors is scheduled at 1:30 PM at the Saratoga National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, and as a respectful remembrance of Francis "Dick" Varone, donations to the Patriot Guard Riders/New York, Attn: Treasurer, PO Box 637, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 would be appreciated.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
    DeVito-Salvadore Funeral Home, Inc.
    39 South Main Street
    Mechanicville, NY 12118
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  • Service

    Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 12:00pm
    DeVito-Salvadore Funeral Home, Inc.
    39 South Main Street
    Mechanicville, NY 12118
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Saratoga National Cemetery
    200 Duell Road
    Schuylerville, NY 12871
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Donations are being accepted for: PATRIOT GUARD RIDERS OF NEW YORKINC (NY).


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Joyce Carpenter

Posted at 09:53am
Kathy, Maureen and Frankie, it is with a heavy heart that I send my deepest sympathy to you all on the passing of your dad. You are in my prayers and thoughts, as are your mom and dad, they were such a part of my life growing up. Frankie I always loved the posts you did of you and your dad on fb. How poignant that he should pass on what was a day we were reminded sadly about what our freedom was and to respect those who fought and died for it. So with respect, pride and love I say Semper Fi! Love Joyce Carpenter

Robin Long

Posted at 11:27am
Frank, Renee & Michaela,
So sorry to hear about the loss of your dad/grandfather. What a beautiful write up. He certainly led a full active fulfilling life. Sending our thoughts and prayers to you and your entire family during this difficult time. May you always cherish all of the wonderful memories your shared with him. Love, Robin & Ed

Pete Mickalonis

Posted at 06:40am
To the entire Varone family,I'm so very sorry for your loss.I worked with Dick years ago at Waterford General Electric.I remember Dick as a friendly guy who never had a bad word for anyone.I'm sure God will get you through this most difficult time.God bless you Dick and your entire family.

Doreen DeCrescenzo

Posted at 10:19am
Kathy, Maureen and Frank. I was sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He was a wonderful, thoughtful and caring man, and I have great memories of times spent with our parents and all the fun and laughs they had. My Mom loved your dad like a brother and cherished the days spent with him, his parents, brothers, and Tomasina and always considered them her family.
I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Doreen (DeCelle) DeCrescenzo

Sue Larkin

Posted at 09:31pm
Heartfelt condolences to the family of Francis Uncle Dick Varone, Eternal rest grant unto thee O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon thee. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
The Larkin Famly

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