Rest in Peace

Members and Auxiliary Members of Cary VFW Post 7383

John Alvin Varnum
1931 – 2017
Thomas Matthew Breslin
1955 – 2017
Bill Szymanski
1938 – 2015






John Alvin Varnum

April 26, 1931 - August 3, 2017

Member since 2008

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John Alvin Varnum, age 86, died on August 3, 2017. John was born on April 26, 1931 in Robeson County, North Carolina to John Washington and Nellie Almond Varnum. John retired as a Master Sargeant in the North Carolina National Guard. He will be missed by all who knew him.

John is survived by his wife Sarah "Lib" Varnum; two sons: Alvin Rodney Varnum and David Timothy Varnum (and his wife Lorri); daughter Monica Lynne Smith (and her husband Eric); five grandchildren: Virginia Kay Harris, Michael Varnum, Carlie Varnum, Jonathan Smith, and Matthew Smith; four great grandchildren: Nolan Harris, Landon Smith, Sydney Harris, and Bradley Harris; two sisters: Virginia Johnson and Helen Fuller; and one brother: James "Mac" Varnum.

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A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am Monday, August 7, 2017 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home in Cary, North Carolina. Burial will be held at 3:00 pm at Alloway Cemetery in Red Springs, North Carolina. The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 10:45 am prior to the service at Brown-Wynne.

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Thomas Matthew Breslin

December 28, 1955 - April 27, 2017

Member since 2009

Thomas Matthew Breslin, 61, passed away suddenly at his home in Cary, North Carolina on April 27, 2017.

Tom Breslin
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Born on December 28, 1955 in Albany, New York, Tom always had a great love for life and leisure. He graduated Cardinal McCloskey High School in 1974. He worked for Chart Industries after graduation, spent a year living in California, and then returned to the Capital Region before taking a job with IBM in the early 1980s and relocating to Monmouth Junction, New Jersey. After a decade in New Jersey, Tom moved to Cary where he lived for 25 years. He retired three years ago to indulge his passions for golf, auto racing, horse racing, college football and basketball, the San Francisco Giants, and the Miami Dolphins. He greatly enjoyed golf weekends and card games with beloved friends and bartending part time at his VFW Post.

Tom will be met at the Gates by his brother Danny Breslin. He is survived by his parents, Thomas and Clara Breslin of Colonie, New york; siblings Anthony Breslin (and his wife Tina) of Syracuse, Terry Breslin (and his wife Linda Kern) of Lansingburg, New york, Timothy Breslin of Rotterdam, New York, and MaryLou Darling (and her husband Joseph) of Niskayuna, New York; several nieces and nephews; and many dear and wonderful friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Tom’s family on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the McVeigh Funeral Home at 208 North Allen Street, Albany, New York, and the memorial service to be conducted at 7:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Tom’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation (Arnold Palmer’s charity group), or the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7383 in Cary, North Carolina.

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Member since 2008

Bill was born on January 1, 1938 and passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2015.

Bill Szymanski

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

~ Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, Canadian poet, physician, author, artist, and soldier during World War I.



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522 Reedy Creek Rd.
Cary, NC 27513
Lat. 35.7974
Long. -78.7666


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