1947 - 2018
Short, Williamson, & Diamond Funeral Home
52 Trapelo Road
Belmont, MA
VARNERIN, Richard J. Of Watertown and Magnolia, MA and Killington, VT, passed away peacefully on June 7, 2018. Born to Amelia A. and David A. Varnerin of Watertown in 1947, Richard attended Mt. Trinity Academy, BC High School, Tufts University and Tufts Dental School, graduating with honors in 1973. He began his dental career with Dr. J. Murray Gavel; later joining Norton Dental Associated in Norton, MA and the Boston Center for Oral Health. Dr. Varnerin, or "Dr. V" as he was called by both colleagues and patients is dearly missed. His professional skill and manner, relaxed charm and easy wit were among his many endearing qualities. An avid skier, Richard enjoyed the mountain settings of Vermont and Utah, sharing the best of times with the dearest of friends. Equally at home on the ocean, he was an undaunted wind surfer, paddle boarder and kayaker, while following a routine passion for speed bike touring. His boyish enthusiasm for life, his love of photography, classical music, nature, art, theatre and "The Economist" magazine singled him out. To know him, was to only want more of him. Those of us left behind will scarce be able to reconcile his leaving. Richard is survived by his husband, Peter Mullen of Maynard, MA, his brother, David Varnerin of Chicago, IL and a lifetime of dear friends. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Richard's visiting hours in the Short, Williamson & Diamond Funeral Home, 52 Trapelo Road, BELMONT, Friday, Aug. 24 from 5-8 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Road, Concord, MA 01742, on Saturday, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. Burial will be private. Donations in Richard's memory may be made to the Vernon Cancer Center, Newton Wellesley Hospital, 2014 Washington St., Newton, MA 02462. Short, Williamson & Diamond Belmont 617.484.6900

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Published by Boston Globe from Jun. 13 to Jun. 17, 2018.
5:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Short, Williamson & Diamond Funeral Home
52 Trapelo Road, BELMONT, MA
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First Parish in Concord
20 Lexington Road, Concord, MA
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a loved one
August 20, 2018
We will so miss our dentist Dr. V! As well as being an extraordinary dentist, he led an amazing life full of activity on the water, the slopes, and in travel. He was always so interesting to talk to as we compared travel experiences. Never one to rush a patient, he always had a smile, an interesting story, and an ear to listen. A life well lived for sure but cut short way too soon.
Sharon and Michael Thibodeau
Sharonand Michael Thibodeau
August 8, 2018
It was my great good fortune to have Dr V as my dentist for so many years. Such a kind and wonderful person. Sorely missed.
Marcia Dean
Marcia Dean
July 22, 2018
Our family's deepest condolences to family and friends of Dr. V. He was our children's first dentist and a wonderful person.

Brian, Katherine, Liam & Nevi
July 21, 2018
I first met Dick when we worked together summers at Howes Leather and have had the pleasure of knowing him since I was just 16 years old. He became our family dentist and my children never feared going to the dentist - they loved seeing Dr. V. Cheers to a life well-lived. You left us much too soon. I am so thankful for your presence in my life. Hope the skiing is great in heaven.
Susan Gilmore
Susan Gilmore
June 20, 2018
Magnolia Beach will never be the same without Dick the Dentist as he was affectionately called by Andy & David. My sincere condolences to Peter and David.
Barbara Ganick
June 19, 2018
Magnolia Beach will never be the same without Dick the Dentist as he was affectionately called by Andy and David. My sincere condolences to Peter and David.
Barbara Ganick
June 19, 2018
I will miss you, Dick! My work" husband" of over 20 years. I was a fresh out of school dental assistant at Dr. Gavel's and you were the hot young dentist. We had a great bond that transcends death. Mike and I adored you. You were an artist as I still have the jewelry you made me and Mike still has the bridge! Rest in peace my partner in crime and tell mom I still have her piano cd. Much sympathy to David and Peter .Always in our hearts, Mike and Carol Hooper
Carol Hooper
June 15, 2018
Dr V ... yes, a perfect description. Meet him once and you've met him for life. He will be sorely missed.
Ted Smith
June 15, 2018
Dr. V's warmth, sense of humor and patient dedication will be missed by everyone who had the great fortune to know him.

"Sometimes life is hard to bear,
when a friend is not there"
unknown author
Shelley Hall
June 15, 2018
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