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VARRONE, JOHN CHARLES, JR. Lifelong New Haven resident John Charles Varrone Jr. passed away at his Orange Street home on the 30th of April, 2014. He is the son of the late Dr. John Varrone and Anna Varrone. John was born on December 10, 1943. John graduated from Cheshire Academy and later the University of New Haven with a Masters of Business in 1968. He worked for Olin Corporation in the Winchester International Division for 10 years. He also worked for the City of New Haven in the Assessor’s Office for 21 years. John was a member of AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) Local Union No. 884 and an elected member of the City of New Haven Pension Board. He was a Justice of the Peace and a wedding photographer. A member of the Society of St. Mary Magdalena, John was a devoted parishioner of St. Joseph’s Church who served as an elected member of the Parish Council, a member of the Holy Name Society, and a collector every Sunday at the 8:30 morning mass. John’s enduring passion was Olympic lifting and powerlifting, holding many records over the years, including six state records. He was a Connecticut State Champion 15 times. He won the New Englands, the Regionals, the East Coast Open, and the North American Championships in both Olympic lifting and powerlifting. At the time of his passing, he held eleven World Master and two State Master records in powerlifting in different age groups and organizations. John competed in powerlifting for over 50 years and was inducted into the Connecticut Hall of Fame in 2012. John is survived by his brother Robert Varrone (Verna); nephews Zed Varrone (Jennifer) and John Varrone (Amanda); nieces Alaina Varrone, Cheryl Varrone and Anne Lederle; as well as beloved grandnieces Mathilde and Beatrix Hufford-Varrone, Arianna and Isabella Varrone, and Elizabeth Lederle. He was predeceased by his brother James E. Varrone. John attended mass every day for over 25 years following his brother Jim’s passing in 1989. John will be remembered for his generosity, his vibrant spirit, his devotion to church and the Lord Jesus, and his love for family, friends, his weightlifting “family,” and the East Rock neighborhood and New Haven. His funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue, Monday morning at 8:45. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30 am in St. Joseph’s Church, New Haven. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery. The visiting hours will be Sunday from 2 to 6 pm. Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Church 129 Edwards Street, New Haven, CT 06511. www.northhavenfuneral.com

Published in The New Haven Register on May 3, 2014
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