David Van Varick ’68 died on March 12, 2022, in Naples, Florida
(The following was provided by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle on March 18, 2022)
Rochester – The world was forced to bid farewell to a special man on the 11th of March, 2022. David Van Varick’s mind and body were taken by Alzheimer’s, but he leaves behind a large imprint on this world in the form of achievements, friendships, and incredible stories.
Born in 1946 in Oradell, NJ, Dave spent his adult years in Rochester, NY after attending Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME and Boston University School of Law. Van Varick’s vast array of friends and relations are the result of a diverse and impressive career path. While driving taxis in NJ and Heluva Good Cheese trucks in NY made for entertaining tales, Van Varick started his law career as the Council to the Sheriff of Monroe County and would later become Undersheriff. He ran a private practice for nearly 20 years and was an adjunct professor at RIT during part of this time. He remained involved with Monroe County as Counsel to the Republican Caucus and State Senator L. Paul Kehoe. Van Varick also served as a member of the New York State Assembly before returning to work for the Monroe County Law Department.
While appropriate pride was taken in these accomplishments, Van Varick’s true passions were friends, sports, and the combination of the two. Van Varick was a long-time member of the Country Club of Rochester where he made many lifelong friends on a course he cared for dearly. He could often be found there Sunday watching his Buffalo Bills play. Van Varick was also a Yankees fan and was lucky enough to meet many legends of the game. His stories from those encounters were shared frequently.
Dave Van Varick is predeceased by his parents Richard and Margaret and brother Rick. He is survived by his three children: Lisa Van Varick of Arlington, VA, Dr. Laura Van Varick of Naples, FL, and Robert (Erica) Van Varick of Yardley, PA. His four grandchildren, Lily, Anna, Elliot and Eliza will miss their Papa and enjoyed the moments they spent together. We will all miss his quick wit and ability to make us smile. A Celebration of Life will be held later this year in Rochester, NY. In lieu of flowers, consider donating to the Alzheimer’s Association.