Joseph Vara, Sr.

Joseph Vara, Sr., 78, of Pearl River, formerly of Blauvelt, passed away suddenly on Friday, July 5, 2019. Beloved husband of Lorraine (nee Narcisse). Cherished father of Tracy Garro and husband Marc of Blauvelt and the late Joseph Jr. Proud grandfather of Alyssa, Anthony, Joseph, Taylor and Nicholas. Dear father-in-law of Angela Vara. Loving brother of Barbara Vara Fleming and the late John and James. He is also survived by his beloved horse, Major.

Joe was a US Army veteran. He was an operating engineer for Local 14 for many years. Joe adored his horse, Major, was an avid golfer and enjoyed riding motorcycles, on-road and off. He will be dearly missed.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday 11 AM at St. Aedan’s RC Church, Pearl River. Visiting hours are Monday 4-8 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale, NJ (201-767-3050).

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe’s memory may be made to Hi-Tor Animal Shelter,


  1. To Lorraine and Family:
    Though I only knew Joe briefly, it was clear from the first conversation I had with him that he was a wonderful, kind, intelligent, and most interesting man. You were both so kind to me when I came to Eagle Ridge, a widow who was stepping out of my comfort zone and feeling a little lost. But, you and Joe made me feel welcome.

    I send you my sincerest condolences at Joe’s passing. The sudden loss of such a fine and loving man has to leave an ache that cannot be eased. I am so sorry and send my sympathies. I know that as you talk about Joe and remember him, you will be comforted by his loving memory.

    Sincerely, Laura Perrotta Ross

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