Alan Varney

A photo of Alan Varney


Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Saturday November 4, 2017
2:30 p.m.


A time of visitation and sharing of memories will take place following the Funeral Service.

Charles Alan Varney

(1938 – 2017)

It is with great sadness that our sharing the news of the passing of Alan will touch so many hearts of those who he came in contact with during his journey through life. His passing leaves behind the love of his life Audrey, his wife of 53 years, his beloved sons Kyle (Tammy) and Dale Varney and the second love of his life, his granddaughter Samantha.

Alan was born in Duart, the only son of Charles and Jean Varney. His remaining siblings are Jessie Welch Cutler, Shirley Kennedy and Mary Helen Wilson (Bill). His extended family includes his sister-in-law Kathyrn Young, brother-in-law Rev. Roger Millar (Nancy) and brother-in-law Bob Wilson (Lynn). His nieces and nephews are Mary Jean Hornick (Stu), Paul Welch (Laurie), Mark Welch (Michele), Tim Welch (Karen), Anne Darby, Jim Kennedy, Peter Jon Wilson, Graham and Christopher Millar and Laura Van Berkum (Ryan).  He was predeceased by three brother-in-laws; Dr. Walter Welch, Bill Cutler and Kyle Kennedy, his nephew Richard Young and two very dear friends Keith Sambell and Vic Knight.

Alan was born to be a teacher. He ruled with a strict hand but with a compassionate heart. His teaching began in a one room country school in Sombra and ended at Blenheim District High School. As he aged and many of his students hair began to turn grey, that warm teacher/student relationship was always reaffirmed when they met one another.

Alan’s greatest success was just being a good human being. For those who knew him, his love and his great pride of family was evident in his every word and action. His love was unconditional. Alan looked after all of his family and tried to protect each of them from the storms in life. His strong work ethics were undeniable and his steadfast belief in honesty awarded him integrity. There was one thing that Alan despised and that was injustice. While others whispered their thoughts behind the scenes, Alan stood up and used his voice for justice. Often his voice was the only one heard in the room.

Alan did not define gifts wrapped up with big bows as acts of generosity but rather the gifts people gave of themselves. He admired that trait in others and he himself bestowed that generosity to so many in his lifetime. He cherished his friends and he proved to them throughout his life that he would be a presence in their lives when they needed someone the most. What a wonderful legacy Alan leaves behind. Hopefully, we, his beneficiaries, will be able to follow in the footprints he so skillfully carved out for each of us.

This beautiful, Irish life-affirming poem tells us where our dearest love Alan is now:

He is not lost our dearest love,

Nor has he travelled far,

Just stepped inside home’s loveliest room,

And left the door ajar.


Please join us at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Saturday November 4, 2017 as we celebrate Alan’s life. A formal service will begin at 2:30 p.m. and will be followed by a time of visiting and sharing memories.  Friends wishing to remember Alan with a memorial donation are encouraged to consider Prostate Cancer Canada or Movemeber Canada.


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Family: So sorry to read of the passing of your father. May his beautiful memories travel through us all. He taught us at Harwich Public School ! A fine teacher ! Linda & Garry Muckle

I remember him in Blenheim High School as my wood shop techer he will be missed by me and all of his former students may he rest in peace

Dale, It is terrible to hear about your loss and I wish to express my sincere sympathy to you and your family. In this tough time, may the many heartfelt condolences you receive bring you comfort. Jill

I was one of Alan's students in BDHS. I always spoke well of Alan and was my favourite wood Working teacher teacher. Even when we Came from HRPS. When ever I met him he always had a good word or two for Me. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Keeping your entire family in our Thoughts & Prayers during this very difficult time. Just always remember to hold all of your precious memories near in your heart. God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, nor sun without rain but he did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and light for the way. Take Care, Todd, Lesa (Rumble) Natasha & Kyle

heartfelt wishes to all the family

We want to send our condolences on the passing of Alan. Our thoughts are with the family at this time.

Audrey & Family So sorry to hear of Allan's passing. Our deepest sympathy to you & your family. Pat & Doug Taylor

Please accept our sincere sympathy in the passing of Alan. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very difficult time.

Dear Audrey, Kyle, Tammy, Dale and Sam I am so sorry for the immense loss to your family. Sending my heartfelt condolences to you all. May Alan externally rest in Peace.

We would like to send our condolences to Audrey ,Jessie, Shirley, and Mary Helen and Bill and family. We pray that God will surround you in his love and bring you comfort and peace, in the loss of your loved one. Alan will be missed by many who have known the kind of man he was. I send hugs and kiss to Audrey and all of Alan sisters, I enjoyed working with you all.

Very Sorry

Kyle, Tammy, Samantha -- our deepest sympathies to you and your family on the loss of your dad, father in law and grandfather.

AUDREY, KYLE, DALE and FAMILY , My Thoughts and Prayers are with you at this time. Memories Last For Ever

Words are not enough to express how sorry we are for your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathies for you and your family.

Our daughter Marcie was one of Alan's students in BDHS. She always spoke well of Alan and she said he was a favourite teacher. When ever we met him he always had a good word or two for Marcie. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. ....Don, Anne and Marcie Gammage

Dear Audrey,Kyle,Tammy,Sam and Dale, I am so very sorry to hear the Death of My Friend Alan (cause once he became your friend, He was True Till the End) I will always Remember Him as a Kind Generous Sole with a Great sense of Humor, (well at least he understood mine)! For that I am left with Great Memories... Please know that my Heart is with you all during this Sad time....Big Hugs

Sincerest condolences to Audrey, Kyle, Dale, family and extended family. My thoughts and prayers go out to you in the loss of a husband, father, grandfather and friend. Darleen

Sincerest condolences to Mrs. Varney, Kyle, and Dale, as well as their thoughts are with you.