June 3, 1939 - November 6, 2018

Modena, NY

Robert Varela, age 79 of Modena, NY, died Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at The Pines at Poughkeepsie, NY. He was born June 3, 1939 in New York City, the son of the late George and Stella (Klucharich) Varela. He married Genevieve Smith on July 1, 1961 at the Plattekill Methodist Church.

Bob was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1963 to 1965 during the Vietnam Era.

He was a life member of the Modena Fire and Rescue and was a former Fire Commissioner at Modena Fire and Rescue. He was also a Constable for the Town of Plattekill. He had been a partner in Varwin Enterprises and at one time, opened graves at Modena Rural Cemetery for Tommy Dawes. Bob also was a member of the Assessment Review Board for the Town of Plattekill, and was a member of the Hudson Valley Draft Horse Club.

He was the owner and operator of Ardonia Refuse Service in Ardonia, NY until his retirement.

Besides his wife, Genevieve, he is survived by a daughter: Michele Wilson and her husband, Steve, of Modena, NY and a son: Robert David Varela and his wife, Darla, of Winterhaven, FL; his grandsons: Dillon Varela of Winterhaven, FL and Kyle and Tyler Wilson of Modena, NY.

Services will be private at the discretion of the family.

Copeland Funeral Service is honored to assist the family with the arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family of Robert by visiting www.copelandfhnp.com