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Richard C. Varnum

January 1, 1970 - November 17, 2009

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Richard Varnum, 83, of Hopkinton, beloved husband and father, died peacefully Tuesday morning November 17, 2009 at the Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham, Ma.

He was born on October 19, 1926 in Framingham, son of the late Olive Pearl (Jean) and Walter Sewell Varnum.

Raised in Hopkinton, he served as a 3rd class petty officer, drill instructor and squad leader in Okinawa for the Sea Bees during World War II. Known for his ambition and hard work, he was a very well known general contractor, builder and heavy equipment operator. In his spare time he enjoyed spending time with his wife, traveling, gardening and household projects.

He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Sandra E. (Colella) Varnum of Hopkinton, daughters Deborah A. Leacu of Ashland, Janet L. Robson of Hopkinton, Peggy J. Varnum of Milford, Diane O. Mercier of Upton, Susan J. Varnum of Milford, son Richard C. Varnum Jr. of Gig Harbor, WA, 2 sisters Lorraine Hunt of Tilton, NH and Marilyn Gallo of West Springfield, Ma, 6 grandchildren Carrie Rose of Worcester, Jessicca Varnum of Puyallup, WA., Amanda Micona of Gig Harbor, Wa, Alexandra and Emily Mercier of Upton, Thomas Robson of Hopkinton and 2 great grandchildren Connor and Evelyn Micona of Gig Harbor, WA, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Walter Varnum, Jean Donovan and Donald Varnum.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com Contributions in his memory may be made to Friends of the Hopkinton Seniors, 28 Mayhew St. Hopkinton, MA. 01748.