Arthur R. “Art” Varga, Sr., 85, died July 14, 2009 at his home in Moncure.
Mr. Varga was born in Chittenden, VT on December 8, 1923, the son of Andrew and Esther Tarsci Varga. Survivors include his wife Barbara D. McKay Varga; sons and daughters, Sandra Levesque, Judith Lamberti, Ronald, Robert, and Arthur Varga; grandsons, granddaughters, great grandsons and great granddaughters; and his step-children, Gregg E. McKay, Scott C. McKay, Lanell McKay Perkins and Kimberly McKay Sutton. He is also survived by a sister, Christine McElfish of Dallas, TX. Art was predeceased by his sisters, Yolan Potter, Emma Mandigo and Irene Peters; brothers, Andrew Varga and George Varga; and his granddaughter, Anna Veronica Lamberti.
Mr. Varga was best known as a general contractor and was self-employed until 1978. He became a supervisor with The Sabotka Company, Inc. and in 1980 became a finish carpenter with John A. Russell Corp. He returned to self-employment in 1980 and until 1998 also became an owner, trainer, and breeder of standard bred horses. He trained on the track at his farm in Clarendon, VT and raced throughout New England as well as Saratoga and Yonkers in New York. His horses were his delight and passion. In 1998, along with his wife Barbara, he came to Moncure, NC where they have resided with daughter Kim and her husband Terry Sutton.
Art was a member of the National Rifle Association, Vermont Horseman’s Association, Vermont Trotting Association, and the Connecticut Valley Horseman’s Association. Together with his wife, Barbara, he founded The Rutland Reinsmen that remained active until his departure to North Carolina in December, 1998. He became a member of Chatham United Methodist Church in Moncure after his arrival in North Carolina.
The funeral service for Mr. Varga will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, July 18, 2009 from Chatham United Methodist Church, with Rev. Patrick Sinclair presiding. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 6:00 – 8:00 pm Friday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Griffin Chapel, in Pittsboro. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Chatham United Methodist Church, 1826 Chatham Church Road, Moncure, NC 27559, or to Community Home Care and Hospice, 1414 East 11th Street, Siler City, NC 27344.
Online condolences to: www.hallwynne.com, Select “Obituaries”.
Arrangements are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Griffin Chapel, Pittsboro, NC.