Richard H. Varnum

December 10, 1945
- September 30, 2010

SEBEC - Richard Hill Varnum, 64, passed away Sept. 28, 2010, at a Bangor hospital. A lifelong resident of Sebec, Richard was born Dec. 10, 1945, son of Rex Lindsay and Helen Beatrice Hill Varnum. He graduated from Foxcroft Academy in 1964 and attended the University of Maine. Richard grew up working on the family dairy farm which he would help build into a business icon of the local area. In 2002 he co-founded a technical company in fiber optics with partners, Jorge Cano and Troy Veitenheimer. He served as a director of the company until the day of his death. Work often came first for Richard, who sought to provide well for his family. Always happy to help, he often made quiet unobtrusive donations of money and time to family, friends and charities. The help he offered was important to Richard, not the praise for doing so. He was a selectman in the town of Sebec for many years and was most recently chair of the budget committee and on the board of appeals. Richard was a businessman, a farmer, a husband, a father, a friend and a great man. Whether it was working the land or discussing business with his sons, he was happy. He loved a challenge and rose to meet each that came his way with dignity and ambition. Richard was known as much for his keen sense of humor as for his intelligence and work ethic. Perhaps the Richard his friends and family will most remember is the image of him leaning over, wiping his eyes, his shoulders heaving in silent, helpless laughter. He loved long, leisurely conversation with friends and neighbors. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Rinda Conner Varnum; his sister, Dorna and her husband, Tom Zilinsky, of Sanford; sister, Diane Smith of Old Town; brother, Robert Varnum and his wife, Ruth, of Sebec; brother, Ryan Varnum and his wife, Lin, of Hopland, Calif.; daughter, Maria Laning LeBerre and her husband, Tom, of Herndon, Va.; daughter, Lindsay Varnum Cano and her husband, Jorge, of Malaga, Spain; son, Dickon T. Varnum of Sebec; daughter, Ashleigh Varnum Eastham and her husband, John, of Brooks; son, Lincoln C. Varnum of Sebec; nine grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Dover-Foxcroft. Burial will be in the family lot at Rural Grove Cemetery. After the burial friends and family are invited back to the church to share refreshments and visiting. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Richard's memory may be made to American Heart Association , 51 U.S. Route 1, Suite M, Scarborough, ME 04074. Arrangements are in the care of Lary Funeral Home. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at

Published in Bangor Daily News on September 30, 2010

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