Robert R. Varieur
July 16, 1939 - April 9, 2015
A Graveside Service will be held later this spring at Pine Grove South Cemetery in Waterboro.
Robert R. Varieur, 75, of Blueberry Road in Waterboro, died peacefully in the comfort of his home with his family by his side on April 9, 2015.
Robert was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island a son of Harris and Evelyne (Dorval) Varieur. He was raised and educated in his home town of Woonsocket, Rhode Island. It was during his high school years that he met his sweetheart, Jacqueline Paul, and they were married on November 8, 1958.
Robert was a traditional father in many ways; he worked hard and became a pipefitter working on nuclear submarines at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for close to 18 years. Robert was multi-talented with a natural mechanical aptitude when it came to projects that needed the skills of carpentry, hanging sheetrock, painting or repairing the family station wagon. He wanted his children to have their mother home with them; he wasn’t the least bit afraid of working extra hours or an odd job here or there to keep the family well cared for.
Robert was an avid New England fan of the Patriots, the Red Sox and the Boston Bruins. He was a great athlete during his school years; and was the team goalie on the local hockey team. He instilled a strong work ethic in all of his children; his motto was simply, “No one is going to give you anything.” You make your own way in this life. The kids remember fondly the day trips, piling into the station wagon and going for a ride, and if they were lucky, they got an ice cream cone of the way home. He was an open-wheeled, modified racing enthusiast who shared his passion of racing with his sons.
Robert was a devoted to his wife of 56 years, Jackie, and loved his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren unconditionally. His personality could be shared as being, “Larger than life” – but, he possessed integrity and values that are hard to come by in today’s world. He will be dearly missed by his family and close friends.
Besides his wife Jackie, he is survived by four children, Paul D. Varieur, Michelle M. Hunt, John P. Varieur and Jacqueline C. Walker; eleven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Celeste S. Potvin and by one brother, Normand H. Varieur and by one sister, Janet I. Desilet.
A Graveside service will be held later this spring at Pine Grove Cemetery in Waterboro.
In Robert’s memory, memorial donations may be made to the Make-A-Wish Maine, 477 Congress St., Suite M1, Portland, ME 04101 or the Ronald McDonald House, 250 Brackett St., Portland, ME 04102.
The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements