Joseph A. Vargas
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Joseph A. Vargas, 62, beloved husband for 36 years of Sharon (Gentile) Vargas, of Flanders Road, Stonington, passed away suddenly at The Westerly Hospital on Sunday, February 28, 2021.
Born in Indonesia, the son of the late Austin and Patricia Vargas.
Joseph was a 1977 graduate of Stonington High School. He served in the US Army and was employed for many years as an Electrical Technician for Tower Laboratories.
He will be dearly missed by his two daughters, Andrea Vaughn and her husband Fred IV and Amanda Magliari and her husband Saverio, all of Westerly; two brothers, David Vargas, his wife Cathy Vargas, and Michael Vargas, all of Stonington; two grandchildren, Elias and Lia; and many nieces and nephews.
His family will fondly remember him for being a kind, loving, and selfless person who had an unquenchable thirst for life. Joe was a family man who loved the outdoors, sports, and family game nights. His greatest joy was his family, especially his grandkids. He affectionately called Eli his best friend. Joe famously always told people as his farewell before departing to "be good." In honor of Joe, the family urges you to be good and do good, just as Joe always did.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am on Friday at St. Pius X Church, 45 Elm St., Westerly for family and close friends. Burial will be private. Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly is in care of the arrangements. The family asks you to please consider making a donation in Joe's name to the Westerly Youth Soccer Association at WYSA, PO Box 547, Westerly, RI 02891. As many of you know, one of Joe's great joys in life was coaching his daughters in youth soccer, and watching them play from a young age to high school Varsity and premier soccer. He never missed a game. For online condolences please visit

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Published in The Westerly Sun on Mar. 3, 2021.
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March 27, 2021
David, Mike and family,

Please accept my deepest and most heartfelt condolences. Went to high school and played football with Joe . . . many great times whether in school, football, or out and about in our area. Had an even greater honor . . . teaching both Andrea and Amanda in elementary school.

Joe was "wonderful" person who as great to be around. He always had an interesting take on things.

Hold the memories of Joe/Dad near and dear . . .let these guide you and be your strength moving forward.

Kevin Kelliher
Kevin Kelliher
March 10, 2021
Sharon and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We were so saddened to hear of Joe’s passing. He was a great guy.
May he Rest In Peace.
Gary and Rosemary Federico
March 6, 2021
So sorry fir your loss, prayers and sympathy! Did not know Joe but did know his father and grandfather! All distant cousins only Fathers side, Manuel Amaral
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March 5, 2021
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March 3, 2021
Sharon and family
We are so saddened to hear of Joe’s passing, far too young and far too soon! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family .
Tony snd Cheryl Spino
March 3, 2021
Dear sharon,
I just wanted to pass on my sincere condolences at the loss of your husband. I am so saddened to hear that he was taken from you so young and so suddenly. You are truly in my thoughts and prayers.
Maryellen Henderson
March 3, 2021
You said it all in your wonderful obit. Joe was the straightest, nicest guy in the repair shop, an all round great person. It was an honor to know him and work with him at RRD. You already know half the shop followed him to Tower Lab. My heart goes out to his family, he touched so many lives.
Jonathan Kisselbrack
March 2, 2021
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