Charles Varty

Obituary of Charles Varty

VARTY, Charles Hiram. A man for all seasons – a creative thinker, an innovative farmer, an inspiration to siblings, children, grandchildren, and his wife of 50 years, Patricia.  Aged 72, of Warsaw Ontario, Charles Varty passed away peacefully the morning of October 2nd 2018. A lifelong storyteller, his own story is one of immense bravery and integrity from a man who valued human dignity above all things. 


Born October 21st 1945  in Hungerford, Ontario to Harold and Norma (Bell) Varty, with siblings John (Myra), Elwood (Jean), Exton (Melba), Jean (Gianfranco).  On June 14th 1968 in Toronto, he married Patricia Louise Jonas, a union which he proclaimed one of his greatest successes. 


After his graduation from McMaster University, he was an elementary school teacher in Toronto for seven years.  He purchased a dairy farm in Warsaw Ontario to raise his growing family in 1974. He continued his teaching career in Peterborough until his retirement, but he never retired from farming. The will power Charles drew upon to pull in his final harvest will long be an example of what can be accomplished with enough drive and resolution. His bandwidth for absorbing knowledge and experience on a wide variety of topics bordered on encyclopaedic, and was often tapped into by his family, friends, and neighbours, many of whom may now be heard saying ‘now we’ll have to figure things out for ourselves.’


Charles believed a rich man’s paradise is found at the dinner table with his family around him.  He will be held in the hearts of his wife Patricia; children Nathaniel (Kirsten Proctor), Nicholas (Monica Coyne), Samantha (Robert Bianco) and Joel; grandchildren Ingram, Griffin, Toby, Gemma, Harry, Owen, and Brynn.  


There will be a celebration of Charles’ life Saturday November 3rd 2018 at the Canadian Canoe Museum, located in Peterborough, Ontario at 910 Monaghan Rd from 12:00 noon to 4:00pm. Condolences or donations to the Canadian Canoe Museum can be made through the funeral home at

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