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Alex Varakuta

November 22, 2018

Alex Varakuta, 71, of Norfolk passed away at Upstate Medical Center after a lengthy illness on Thursday, November 22, 2018.

A celebration of his life will be held on Monday November 26th from 7:00-9:00pm at the Amvets Hall on 12 Andrews Street Massena. All are welcome to attend. There will be no funeral service and burial will be at the convenience of his family.

Alex was born in Germany on October 26, 1947, son of Stefan and Anna Powlowski Varakuta. He left Germany with his family when he was just 3 years old and came to the United States. He attended high school in Massena and graduated from Canton ATC where received his Associates Degree in Business and Accounting in 1967.

Alex began his career working for Alcoa where he was a technician in the research lab on Willow Street. After several years there, Alex resigned and took over the running of S&A Auto Sales, a business founded by his father 15 years before. He has been actively running this business ever since.

Alex was well known as an entertainer, singer and guitar player. He has been a regular performer at various events in a musical career spanning over 50 years. He loved animals, cars, fishing and games of chance.

He is survived by his long time partner Sandra Noyes, Norfolk, a brother Russell, London, England, two nieces Shelby Morgia, Black River, Nicola Varakuta London, UK and two nephews Steven Wilson Holly Springs, North Carolina and Tristan Varakuta London, England; one great nephew Bailey Wilkinson, Syracuse and one great niece Kendall McDaniels, Holly Springs, NC. He also leaves behind his dog and cherished pet Missy.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Irene V. Wilson Scholarship Fund, c/o the Northern New York Community Foundation, 131 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601 . This charity was founded after his sister Irene’s death earlier this year. Arrangements have been entrusted to Cummings Funeral Service, Inc.,Watertown, New York. Online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#5 Bonnie Frary ,Terry 2018-11-29 13:34
We have known Alex for numerous years. He played in different places and i had the fortunate opportunity to sing with him and his band. We knew he was ill but what we did not know was he would leave us so soon. We have regrets....One is we never had the opportunity to go visit him due to working all the time. We never had the opportunity to tell him what a wonderful person he was and never got a chance to give some advice to him on his illness . He always told my husband of the many places he would be playing and asked my husband to tell me so i could go and sing with his band and him.. I am so heart broken at this loss and my husband Terry as well. We just learned of this news today at one thirty from a neighbor . She happened to see my husband and told him . We feel so bad that we never got to say good bye but in our hearts he will always be alive and singing and playing.
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#4 Jimmy Tyo 2018-11-26 14:58
Hi Russell so sad to hear about Alex and I leaving us so soon I am in Florida now have been for about four years full-time haven’t been home in about 3 1/2 years that was the last time I seen Alex said he was having problems then looks like you’re the only one left in the family maybe we can get a chance to see each other someday Before all ends I’ll keep you in prayer hope things are going well with you and the family you’re all neighbor friend, Jim...
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#3 Kevin & LaurieToomey 2018-11-25 08:51
We are so sad for the passing of Alex and very sorry for your loss. He has been such a great friend and wonderful man to Kevin for so many years and to us as a couple for the past 20+ years. It's obvious he will be missed and remembered by so many in our community.
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#2 Laurie Kelley Lowens 2018-11-25 01:34
So sorry to hear of the passing of your brother and sister, Russ. I learned a a reunion a few years back that you were in London. I will try to make it to the celebration of life on Monday - may be a little late getting there after work. While you may not think of me, I remember you fondly. Hope all else is going well for you. Laurie
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#1 Ray and Barb Waters 2018-11-24 19:51
I have known Alex since 5th grade. I lived on Cook St MasseMassena and rode the same school bus.He always called my middle son Little Barbara. He also took Ray's Mom's cat as she couldn't keep anymore.He loved his animals .We are do sad over losing Alex. Can't believe you are gone so soon. Will miss you. I am so sorry to hear of Irene's passing also Russell. I remember both your parents and your sister Irene. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Also to Sandy
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