Kenneth Varley

Kenneth G. Varley Jr.

Friday, January 23rd, 1948 - Thursday, May 13th, 2021
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WATERFORD Kenneth G. Varley Jr., 73, of Barley Court passed away suddenly Thursday May 13, 2021 at his residence. Born in Troy he was the son of the late Kenneth G. Varley Sr. and Monica Guire Varley.

Ken received his early education at St. Mary’s School in Waterford, graduating in 1961. He was a 1965 graduate of LaSalle Institute and a 1969 graduate of Siena College. He received a Master’s Degree from SUNY in 1972 and his Doctorate Degree in Law in 1977 from Albany Law at Union University. He served as Clerk for the NYS Court of Appeals from 1977 until 1980 when he joined the law firm of Donohue Sabo and Armstrong. In 1985 he became a partner in the firm now known as Donohue, Sabo, Varley and Huttner. He also served as the attorney for the Village of Waterford for many years. He was a member of the NYS Bar Association and the American Defense Institute.

Ken was a veteran of the US Air Force serving during the Vietnam era. He was an active member of St. Mary’s Church, in Crescent. He was a member of the Friends of Peebles Island and Shenendehowa Neighbors Connecting.

He enjoyed golfing and had achieved a “hole in one” on March 13th of this year while visiting in Florida. He enjoyed traveling, and with his wife Nancy visited 5 continents and had bicycled extensively when they traveled in Europe. He loved the outdoors, gardening, kayaking and birdwatching. An avid reader he sought knowledge in many fields including science, nature and history. He was also known as the family “Barista” and was proud of his latte and espresso creating abilities.

Survivors include his wife Nancy Bennett Varley, his children, Bridget M. Healy (Dan) of Bethseda, MD, Adam C. Varley (Kerry) of Nashua, NH and Elizabeth A. Varley (Kevin Higgins) of Milwaukie, OR. He is the proud grandfather of Saoirse, Rowan and Eva Healy, Addison and Owen Varley. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11 am at St. Mary’s Church, 86 Church Hill Rd. Crescent.

Relatives and friends may visit with his family at the Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad St. (Rte.32), Waterford on Monday from 4-7 pm.

As per pandemic regulations, masks are required and social distancing and occupancy limitations observed.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to: Catholic Charities, 40 North Main Ave., Albany, NY 12203, or Cornel School of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850 or the Canal and Towpath Society, 65 Broad St., Waterford, NY 12188.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, May 17th, 2021 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, May 17th, 2021 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home
    133 Broad Street (Rte. 32)
    WATERFORD, NY 12188
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  • Service

    Tuesday, May 18th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, May 18th, 2021 11:00am
    St. Mary's Church , Crescent
    86 Church Hill Rd.
    WATERFORD, NY 12188
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    Rev. Joseph Cebula
  • Interment

    Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery
    200 Duell Rd
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  • Siena College


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Paul F. Donohue, Jr.

Posted at 04:19pm
My condolences to the family.
Paul F. Donohue, Jr.

Larry Powers

Posted at 02:04am
Sad to hear that Ken has passed. Monica Varley' and my mother were close friends all their lives. I remember Ken from his days at LaSalle. A very nice young man. I followed him on Facebook as he biked and traveled the world. Rest in peace, my young friend. Larry and Maureen Powers, Once Waterford, now Sydney Australia.

Christine Van Vorst

Posted at 07:19pm
Nancy, we are so sorry to hear of Ken's passing. Loved chatting with Ken, such an inspiration. Our condolences to you and your family at this most difficult time.
Jim and Christine Van Vorst

Paul F. Donohue, Jr.

Posted at 03:07pm
My condolences to the family.
Paul F. Donohue, Jr.

Anne Marie McMullen

Posted at 10:01am
Very sad t o hear of Ken's passing. I worked for Ken for 15 years as his secretary at a young age and he taught me so much over the years. He was a great boss and encouraged me to strive to be the best I could be in work and in life. My thoughts are with his family whom he loved so much. Anne Marie

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