Bromfield graduate, Air Force veteran
Dave Varone. (Courtesy photo)
David A. Varone, 72, died unexpectedly Tuesday morning, Sept. 22, 2020, in Heywood Hospital, Gardner.
He was born in Ayer on June 16, 1948, son of the late Reginald J. (Manchaug) and Thelma (McPhee) Varone (New Waterford, Nova Scotia, Canada). He was a graduate of the Bromfield School. He later graduated from Emerson College, where he studied to be a radio announcer.
Dave proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War, where he was a radio announcer for the troops in Turkey, Azores, and at Andrews Air Force Base. He had worked at Fort Devens as a calibrator, and for the last 10 years before his retirement, he worked as an electronics technician for the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Maynard.
Dave was an avid fisherman and photographer. He had been a member of two competitive fishing clubs and was a member of St. Denis Church. He also took pride in being the Facebook administrator for the Bromfield School alumni, and Ambrosia, a photography sharing site.
He leaves his wife of 47 years, Mary E. “Merrily” (Jorns) Varone; two sons, Eric D. Varone of Chicopee and Christopher J. Varone and his wife Rachel of Framingham; and two sisters, Kathy R. Varone of Wells, Maine, and Judith A. Varone of Falmouth.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m. at St. Denis Church, 85 Main Street, Ashburnham. Burial, with military honors, will follow at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, Winchendon.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Myositis Association, https://www.myositis.org/get-involved/fundraise/campaigns/varone-memorial/.