Howard Varney

Jan 02, 2020

Belmont — Howard “Bud” Varney, 88, died Dec. 31, 2019, in Belfast.

Born Feb. 15, 1931, to Verna (Palmer) and Archie Varney in Pittsfield, Bud was educated in Rockland schools. Bud joined the United States Army where he served during the Korean Conflict and attained the rank of corporal.

He married Marion (Lane) in June of 1951. They made their home in Camden for a few years and then eventually settled at Marion’s family home on Richard Hill in Rockport.

Bud spent the majority of his working life at Knox Woolen Mill in Camden until its closure, and then was employed by Vision Inc. in Rockport.

In 1997, Marion and Bud moved to Belmont where he loved maintaining the gardens, grounds, and buildings on their property and family time at the cottage on Norton’s pond.

Bud had a love for animals, especially horses, and his bird, Joe-Joe. He even had a small monkey named GI Joe when he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He enjoyed working on and showing off his antique cars, but most of all loved spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents, Bud was predeceased by Marion, his wife of 54 years, in 2005, and by his youngest daughter, Esther Davies, in 2016, as well as his sister, Helen Cross, and brothers Henry, Harold and Harvey.

Bud is survived by his daughter Arlene Harriman and husband Tracy of Belmont, his daughter Susan Willey of Old Orchard Beach, son-in-law Chris Davies of Londonderry, New Hampshire, and nephew Richard Eaton of Waldoboro; grandchildren Traci, Debbie, Laurie, Jeremy, Rhiannon and Megan; great-grandchildren John, Colby, Tasha, Audree, Trevor, Angel, Trenton and Tanner, along with several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Arrangements are under the care of Riposta Funeral Home, Belfast. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family online at

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Comments (1)
Posted by: from the kitchen | Jan 07, 2020 05:26

Had a crowd around him showing off his Model T at one of the Renys cruise ins a couple years back. Said he got stopped for a tail light out. “I lit it when I left” he said. He will be missed.

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