Joseph Vargas

Joseph A. Vargas

Sunday, February 28th, 2021
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Joseph A. Vargas, 62, beloved husband for 36 years of Sharon (Gentile) Vargas, of Flanders Road, Stonington, passed away suddenly at The Westerly Hospital on Sunday, February 28, 2021.

Born in Indonesia, the son of the late Austin and Patricia Vargas.

Joseph was a 1977 graduate of Stonington High School. He served in the US Army and was employed for many years as an Electrical Technician for Tower Laboratories.

He will be dearly missed by his two daughters, Andrea Vaughn and her husband Fred IV and Amanda Magliari and her husband Saverio, all of Westerly; two brothers, David Vargas, his wife Cathy Vargas, and Michael Vargas, all of Stonington; two grandchildren, Elias and Lia; and many nieces and nephews.

His family will fondly remember him for being a kind, loving, and selfless person who had an unquenchable thirst for life. Joe was a family man who loved the outdoors, sports, and family game nights. His greatest joy was his family, especially his grandkids. He affectionately called Eli his best friend. Joe famously always told people as his farewell before departing to “be good.” In honor of Joe, the family urges you to be good and do good, just as Joe always did.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am on Friday at St. Pius X Church, 45 Elm St., Westerly for family and close friends with Full Military Honors immediately following at the church. Burial will be private. Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly is in care of the arrangements. The family asks you to please consider making a donation in Joe’s name to the Westerly Youth Soccer Association at WYSA, PO Box 547, Westerly, RI 02891. As many of you know, one of Joe’s great joys in life was coaching his daughters in youth soccer, and watching them play from a young age to high school Varsity and premier soccer. He never missed a game. For online condolences please visit
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  • Service

    Friday, March 5th, 2021 | 10:00am
    Friday, March 5th, 2021 10:00am
    St. Pius X Church
    45 Elm Street
    WESTERLY, RI 02891
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    *Please Note: Funeral Mass will be conducted with Military Honors immediately following at the church.
  • Interment

    Private, --
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Pam & Joe Fish

Posted at 08:09am
Joe's kindness, his smile & quick wit will be remembered always. Sharon, our love and prayers are with you, Amanda & Andrea and their families.
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Posted at 04:36pm
So very sorry to hear of Joe’s passing.My condolences to all of his family and friends. A good man gone too soon. J Fitts

Joyce Ann Ptak

Posted at 02:06pm
David, may the fondest memories of wonderful times spent together get you through the time of loss and sorrow. Sending you virtual hugs for now, and real hugs when at a time we can do so in person. To you and your entire family, my heartfelt condolences. Joyce Ann Ptak

Mark Ansley

Posted at 10:38am
Let this tree grow and signify how special life is, and give breath to many generations to come. Many prayers to the Vargas family
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Mark Ansley

Posted at 10:34am
As a friend to Andrea and Fred, I send my prayers to you and your family. May ever sunrise and sunset remind you of the person that was and still is. He will always be apart of you and you of him, and let's not dwell on the loss from this plane of existence, but instead today, tomorrow, and the beyond cherish his memory each and every day .

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