Henry Vara Obituary, Death – Holbrook, who had previously lived in West Newton and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, passed away on April 18 at the age of 86. Born in Brookline, He received his diploma from Michael Driscoll Elementary School, and up to the time of his death, he remained acquainted with the students who attended that school. Henry earned degrees in business administration from both the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and Boston University. When he was a younger guy, he already had an entrepreneurial mentality.
As the proprietor of Rocky Point and Crescent Park, two amusement parks in Rhode Island, he got his start in the real estate and development industries through investing. He began his career in the media industry by establishing a number of television and radio stations across the United States. Some of these stations include KKCO in Boulder, Colorado, which is an NBC affiliate; WJTC in Pensacola, Florida; WRCC in Fort Myers, Florida; WKGR in West Palm Beach, Florida; and KSKI in Vail, Colorado. Henry served as the head of the Boston Charitable Society in his role as President. He was the proprietor of several clubs in New Hampshire, Texas, and California, as well as the renowned Studio54 in New York City.
Other clubs that he owned include The Kenmore Club and Jacques in Boston’s Bay Village. He formerly held the record for the most liquor licenses in the City of Boston that he possessed. He was the owner and operator of several establishments, including the Crown and Anchor Motor Inn in Provincetown, the Mill Hill Club in West Yarmouth, MaryAnn’s in Brighton, the Beacon Hill Pub, and Fathers 1-4. His passion was vintage automobiles, and he owned a 1937 Packard Super, which was one of just ten in the world at the time. Despite all of his business endeavors, Henry’s top priorities were his family and cultivating enduring, meaningful relationships with his friends.
Husband of Patricia Nee and the late Virgina “Gini” (Gangi) Vara. Beloved by both of their families. My deepest condolences go out to the family of the late Henry Dante Vara and Angelina Riccio Vara. devoted father to Holli Pauline Vara and her husband Tom Donnelly, Henry Dante Vara III and his wife Ellen, Christian Dante Vara and his wife Ellen, as well as the late Lisa Ann Vara. Respected grandfather of Lisa McAuliffe and Zachary McAuliffe, Nicholas, Mitchell, Jack-Henry, Scott-Christian, Eliza, and Isabel Vara. Respected sibling of the late Carmine A. Vara. My sincere regards go out to Louis P. Gangi and his wife Vincenza M., as well as to Lawrence P. Gangi and his wife Jesse. On Saturday, April 22, at 11:00 a.m., a funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Bernard’s Church, located at 1523 Washington Street in West Newton. Newton Cemetery was chosen for the interment. Visitation will be held on Friday from 3 to 7 pm at The Burke and Blackington Funeral Home, located at 1479 Washington Street.