Richard J. Varnerin, D.M.D.

Born: Fri., Nov. 28, 1947
Died: Thu., Jun. 7, 2018


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Varnerin, Richard J. of Watertown and Magnolia, MA and Killington, VT passed away peacefully on June 7, 2018. Born to Amelia A. and David A. Varnerin of Watertown in 1947, Richard attended Mt. Trinity Academy, BC High School, Tufts University and Tufts Dental School, graduating with honors in 1973. He began his dental career with Dr. J. Murray Gavel; later joining Norton Dental Associated in Norton, MA and the Boston Center for Oral Health. Dr. Varnerin, or “Dr. V” as he was called by both colleagues and patients is dearly missed. His professional skill and manner, relaxed charm and easy wit were among his many endearing qualities. An avid skier, Richard enjoyed the mountain settings of Vermont and Utah, sharing the best of times with the dearest of friends. Equally at home on the ocean, he was an undaunted wind surfer, paddle boarder and kayaker, while following a routine passion for speed bike touring. His boyish enthusiasm for life, his love of photography, classical music, nature, art, theatre and “The Economist” magazine singled him out. To know him, was to only want more of him. Those of us left behind will scarce be able to reconcile his leaving.
Richard is survived by his husband, Peter Mullen of Maynard, MA, his brother, David Varnerin of Chicago, IL and a lifetime of dear friends.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Richard's visiting hours in the Short, Williamson & Diamond Funeral Home, 52 Trapelo Road, BELMONT, Friday, Aug. 24 from 5-8 p.m.  A Memorial Service will be held in the First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Road, Concord, 01742 Saturday, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m.  Burial will be private.
Donations in Richard’s memory may be made to the Vernon Cancer Center, Newton Wellesley Hospital, 2014 Washington St., Newton, MA 02462.   swdfuneralhome.com

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Virginia Weisman
   Posted Tue June 12, 2018
I was so very sorry to hear that Dick was ill, and now to hear that he has passed. I have many fond and fun memories of working with him at Norton Dental. He will be sorely missed.

Linda Tobin
   Posted Sat June 23, 2018
I am so sad to hear of Dick's passing. He was such a fun loving guy, smart, athletic, food lover bar none, and a joy to be around and with. I will miss his smiling presence where we have always met, laughed and had many wonderful meals and times together in Fair Haven, MA. Rest well Dick and let us know about that incredible powder in heaven :)

Lisa Judd and Al Perkins
   Posted Tue June 26, 2018
Al and I were so very sad to hear of Dick's passing, although we knew it was imminent. We hadn't seen Dick in several years, but had such fun with him in Killington and on a couple of western ski vacations. I have such wonderful memories of dancing the night away with him at a great wedding years ago... RIP, Dick.

Arthur Napolitano
   Posted Thu August 02, 2018
David:
So sad to read of your brothers passing. You may not remember me but
we went to Mt. Trinity together. I still remember you and I smoking one of your
grandfathers stogies. Cured me from smoking.
Arthur Napolitano
Formally Watertown now New Hampshire

Mary Beth Allen
   Posted Wed August 08, 2018
It seems impossible that someone as smart, vibrant, active, & funny as Dick could be gone. But I cherish the thoughts of Dick at Killington and smile at the memories of the summer weekends at Barbara Dean's admiring his wind surfing skills. Cancer sucks so much.

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