Terrence Vargo

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Terrence Vargo

March 30, 1958 - February 06, 2019

Terrence Vargo Dr. Terrence Vargo passed away unexpectedly on February 5, 2019, leaving behind his spouse, Charlene; daughter, Caitlin, from his first marriage to Becky Watford; mother, Loretta; brothers, Tim and Dan; sisters, Jacquie, Mimi and Carolyn. He will be sorely missed by the many people he touched with his generosity, love for life and good nature as an employer, colleague, husband, father, brother, son and devoted friend. He is with his father Donald Vargo, who died August 5, 2014.
He earned a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry in 1989 from the University at Buffalo SUNY and worked as a research associate in the Industry-University Cooperative on Biomaterials there until 1992. Terry was a founding member and president of Integument Technologies, Inc. of Buffalo, NY. He was the author of over 30 scientific publications and is a co-author on nine fluoropolymer modification patents.
Terry grew up in Northeast Ohio, near Cleveland, which he proudly represented throughout his life as a fan of the Indians, Browns and Cavaliers. He attended Saint Francis De Sales grade school in Parma, where he served as an altar boy. He graduated with honors from Padua Franciscan high school.
A life-long athlete, Terry was a golfer, a pool player, a wrestler, cross country runner and was called "Tito" for his skill as a baseball player. An avid sportsman and member of the Fin, Feather and Fur club of Lewiston, NY, he hunted wild boar and deer with a compound bow and fished the oceans and Great Lakes. He was also an accomplished guitar player, loved 60s and 70s classic rock and was a gourmet cook.
He met his love, Charlene McDonald, in 1989. They traveled the world together and made their home in Lewiston, NY. Terry was popular and active in the establishments and clubs throughout Lewiston. His larger-than-life presence will be missed by all. Godspeed, Terry. We will see you on the other side.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to The Heifer Foundation, heiferfoundation.org. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Francis DeSales Church, Monday, February 11, 2019, at 10 AM. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends received at THE RIPEPI FUNERAL HOME, 5762 Pearl Rd., Parma, OH, Sunday 2-6 PM. ripepi.com
Published on February 7, 2019
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James Douglas
Feb 09, 2019
I did not know Terry very well but just the few hours on Friday afternoons at "Somewhere's" I know that he will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Jim Douglas
Capt. Hook
Feb 08, 2019
Only knew Terry for a year, but a great conversationalist and eager to great you.
Feb 08, 2019
I can never express the sense of loss that I feel. Terry was always there for me in my darkest hours, as well as the bright times. My deepest Sympathy to Charlene, all of Terry's Family and friends, the "Knucklehead Crew" that I had the pleasure of meeting at the Indians Games. There is a hole in my heart for all that truly knew and loved Terry for the very kind man he was. Rest in Peace My Dear Friend.
Andy and Lisa Dalgleish
Feb 08, 2019
We are sad to hear of Terry’s passing. I spent many great days with Terry, either working, hunting or fishing. Terry was a wonderful person.
Andy and Lisa Dalgleish
Feb 08, 2019
We are sorry to hear about Terry.s passing. I enjoyed many days with a Terry, either working, fishing or hunting. Terry was a wonderful person and will be missed.
Donald Kirchberger
Feb 08, 2019
Great individual, businessman.and person. He started me in my business, Patch-N-Go with many great ideas.We have been in business for 16 great years.
He will be greatly missed.
Maria & Pete Knack
Feb 08, 2019
We will miss Terry, he was a great conversationalist. Friday afternoons won't be the same for my husband Peter. Rest in Peace Terry. Our deepest condolences to his family.
Joanne Pearl-Barbati
Feb 08, 2019
I am so sorry to hear about Terry, what a sweet, loving and kind man. Char, I know that you were the love of his life and my heart breaks for you and his beautiful family. Jim and I are sending love and prayers. God Bless you.
John Mayhue
Feb 07, 2019
I’m sorry to hear about the passing of Terry. My thoughts and prayers are with all his family. I enjoyed talking with Tarry a good friend . He will be missed by everyone.