John "Jack" C. Vargo

Born: Tue., May 30, 1944
Died: Fri., Apr. 17, 2020

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John C. “Jack” Vargo, 75, of Belfort, died on Friday, April 17, 2020 while at home where he was with his loving wife Donna.

Jack was born May 30, 1944 in New Rochelle, New York; an only child of John and Doris (Score) Vargo. He graduated from Wallkill High School and attended the Universities of Maryland and Tennessee. Jack served his country in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1966.

Jack was an Artisan, Author and Historian; he and wife Donna, owned and operated the Belfort General Store for many years, closing the store in 1997. However, they continued to operate Beaver River Trading Co. which is how they sold their artwork. In his earlier years, Jack enjoyed hiking and rock climbing, was a blacksmith and avid outdoorsman, he was a hunter, fisherman and trapper. He enjoyed and was knowledgeable about antique guns, muzzleloaders especially, and taught many how to shoot through the years.

Jack is survived by his wife, Donna (Way); three children, Kelly, John Vargo Jr., and Rebecca, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many friends and neighbors.

In accordance with his wishes, Jack’s body was donated to Upstate Medical Center, in hopes to help generations of doctors to come.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Croghan Volunteer Fire Department, 6860 Fire Hall St, Croghan, NY 13327 or to Upstate Medical University Foundation; 750 E. Adams Street
CAB326 Syracuse, NY 13210.

Memories and condolences are encouraged and may be shared online at Arrangements for John C. “Jack” Vargo are under the care of the Scanlon Funeral Home of Croghan.

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Cyril J Busch
   Posted Tue April 21, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss Donna was glad I got to see you guys last winter at Walmart that day I will miss Jack's smile he was a good man and always seem to be happy-go-lucky TV prayers for you and your family

Carol Tiffany
   Posted Tue April 21, 2020
Donna and family
I always enjoyed it when you came into the Post Office and we got to talk. My heartfelt sympathies to you all.

Wayne Moore
   Posted Tue April 21, 2020
To Donna and family. I’m so sorry to hear about Jack. He was always a good friend to me and I will always remember the good times Donna and I had visiting you two and having evening coffee while chewing the fat. We wish you the very best and pray for God to always watch over your family. He was a good man. One of the very best

Lida Perfetto
   Posted Wed April 22, 2020
The last time I saw Jack was last July at the Beaver Falls United Methodist Church ministry scholarship fair. He stopped at our used book stall that I was working at, and visited for a few minutes. He mentioned that he had not been well, but was feeling better. He was a most interesting and unique individual, with an amazing capacity to remember historic detail. The students of Beaver River Central School will very likely never forget him, and Donna also. Keep the faith Donna, I know you miss him, and always will. I can understand that. But we will all be united with the ones we love someday. Love you and hugs.

Tim Cryderman
   Posted Wed April 22, 2020
My thoughts and prayers go out to Dianna and her family. Jack was a great guy and will be missed by many.

Glenn and Nadeen Lyndaker
   Posted Wed April 22, 2020
We are thinking of you and your family with heart felt thoughts of peace and prayer,rest in peace.

Michael Whittaker
   Posted Wed April 22, 2020
Donna and Family. Terri and I send heartfelt sympathy on Jack's passing. I wish we had lived closer. Don't think I met a finer man. I carry many good memories never to fade.

Bob Downey
   Posted Fri April 24, 2020
Donna and family
My deepest sympathy at Jacks passing. I enjoyed all our visits at the Fort de la Presentation reenactments. I still look at the photos I took of both of you with fond memories. They were very memorable times. The wisdom that Jack passed along to me will be remembered and appreciated forever. In his quiet way he was a great mentor. I am eternally grateful for having known him.

richard bailey
   Posted Sat April 25, 2020
jack was my brother in law in tenn a long time ago I loved that man he taught me a lot of things will miss you jacky uncle ricky in teneessee

   Posted Mon April 27, 2020
Donna & Family -
So very sorry for your loss of Jack...
I will always cherish the time I came up to visit; and Jack gave me a wringer off a washing machine so I could do my hides...
I spent a few hours with him learning more than I can ever remember..
He was a treasure...
Prayers and warm thoughts for you and the Family..
R.I. P. Jack...
Tom Davis ("Limpin'frog")

Lance Anderson
   Posted Mon April 27, 2020

Please add our condolences for Jack’s untimely passing. We loved your store; we respected Jack’s skills and his historical awareness. Now we have your tomahawk book to remember him and you. Sincerely, Lance and Ellen Anderson, Effley Falls

Angela & Jim Burnley
   Posted Mon April 27, 2020
Dear Donna and family,
We have such fond memories of our times with you and Jack. You have been good friends through the years. Know that Jack leaves a rich legacy and will be forever missed. Sending you love and comfort at this sad time.
Angela & Jim

Karen,Rita,Connor and Lawrence Bernad
   Posted Tue April 28, 2020
Jack was an important part of our history life. He taught us all so much. Going to Fort Niagara has never been the same. He made Connors younger days filled with wonder. All we have to do is look into our corner cabinet to see all he made for us. Our love goes out to Donna and his family

Mary Earl
   Posted Wed May 20, 2020
Dear Donna,

We were so sorry to hear of Jack’s untimely death. We have so many fond memories of visiting the store in Belfort and all the time he devoted to teaching and sharing his knowledge with our son George. He was a unique individual with so many talents but always ready to spend time with others. I wish you strength in these coming days, Donna. We are thinking of you and your family. Take care of yourself . All our best, Mary and Ted Earl

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