Floyd R. Varney

Granville, New York – Floyd R. Varney, 83, passed away in his home on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, after a brief illness.

Born Dec. 24, 1937, in Fort Edward, New York, he was the son of Nelson and Lillian (Roberts) Varney.

Floyd was a graduate of Fort Edward High School. In 1994 he was an LPN graduate from BOCES in Hudson Falls.

He worked for Albany Engineers, Bard Catheter Co., Glens Falls Hospital and Precise Wallpaper & Wall Covering. Following his retirement, Floyd became bored and taught himself how to play the harmonica. He started testing the waters by going to open mic nights. He spread his wings and started his own band called “Big Tuna and Blues Highway.” Floyd covered harmonics and vocals.

Floyd and Cynthia Leombruno Vickers were married on Dec. 2, 2000, in a private home in Queensbury.

Some of his enjoyments in life were fishing, boating on Lake George, dog sledding, rabbit hunting, turkey hunting, skiing, camping, and he loved animals. He also was a member of the Rod and Gun Club in Kingsbury.

In addition to his parents, Floyd was predeceased by his first wife Jeannie Alice Steves Varney; his daughter Tracy Lee Varney; his stepson Shane E. Vickers; brothers Nelson “Ed” Varney and his wife Shirley Phillips Varney, Robert “Kenny” Varney and John R. Varney; and aunts Charlotte Baird, Helen Wilkins and Leona Shaw.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Cynthia Varney; children Lori Schmid and husband Scott of Fort Ann, New York and Lisa Ernst of Milton, Florida; stepdaughter Jessica Lawrence and husband Michael of Niskayuna, New York; grandchildren Darrin, Kristin, Randall, Jacob and Mikaela; step-grandchildren Cecilia “CC,” Rose and Samuel “Sam”; great-grandchildren Kenny, Robert, Michael and Nathan; his aunt Norma Brynelle; sisters-in-law Willma Varney and Pat Varney; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and his many beloved pets.

At Floyd’s request, there will be no calling hours.

A memorial service will take place on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 1 p.m., at Assembly of God Church at 18 Bulkley Ave., Granville, New York. Light refreshments will follow at the church at the conclusion of the memorial service.

The family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to High Peaks Hospice, Assembly of God Church, and family and friends for all their prayers, love and support given to the immediate family.

In loving memory of Floyd, contributions may be made to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by mail at PO Box 22324, New York, NY 10087, by calling 888-557-7177 or by visiting lls.org.

Condolences may be sent directly to Baker Funeral Home, 11 Lafayette St., Queensbury, New York 12804 or through bakerfuneralhome.com.