James Richard “Butch” Varno, 75, Middlebury


MIDDLEBURY — James Richard “Butch” Varno 75, of Middlebury, Vt., passed away peacefully on October 14, 2022, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury.

Butch was born November 29, 1946, in Middlebury to Helen Varno.

Butch was a long-time resident of Middlebury, he spent a better part of 50 years on Seymour Street, with his mother and Rita Brown. His remaining years were spent at Helen Porter Nursing Home.

Butch was a long-time fan of Middlebury College sports. He was known to attend and cheer on basketball and football games. Butch especially enjoyed visits from his college friends.

The Family would like to thank Roger Ralph, Russ Reilly and Jeffery Brown for all the time, support and love for Butch over the years.

Butch leaves behind his very close cousin Rita Brown and cousins Joan, Jerry, Mickey and Jody. He also leaves behind nieces Darcie and Marlie, nephew Willis and many other family and friends.

Butch was predeceased by mother Helen Varno, brother Paul Varno, cousins Jimmy and Janice.

The family would like to say thank you to the Staff at Helen Porter Nursing Home for all the Love and care for him over the years.

There will be no calling hours.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, at 9 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with the Rev. Luke Austin as the Celebrant.

Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven. A gathering will follow the graveside, a location will be announced at the service.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home.

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