Roy Varney , son of Gregg and Gloria Varney passed away unexpectedly earlier this month on Tuesday, July 2, 2019.

The essence of Roy was laughter, being a shoulder for a friend to lean on, lifting everyone up, figuratively and literally, and bringing energy into any room he entered. Roy lived life to the fullest. He accomplished so much in the short amount of time that he was with us. From winning the state championship for cross country skiing, competing in the National Biathlon Championships, traveling, graduating from high school and being accepted into college.

Roy was enrolled at UNH for the fall and was on his way to train at the National Biathlon center in Jericho, VT. Skiing was Roy’s true passion and he trained year-round to always be the best he could be. Roy’s senior quote best reflects how he lived his life and trained, “If you aint first, you’re last”.

While Roy’s passing has deeply affected his family, they know that it has also been felt by all who knew and loved him. They are overwhelmed by the amount of support and love that the community from around the world has shown them and the kind words and memories that they have shared.

The Maine Outdoor Wellness Center at Nezinscot’s  North Farm was a dream of Roy’s, a place where he could continue to train for nordic skiing and biathlon year-round, all while continuing to help out on the farm.

The Center seeks to preserve the memory of Roy Varney by providing opportunities to access the outdoors for all Turner and surrounding residents of central Maine and New England. The Center plans to provide an extensive cross country trail system on its 300+ acre farm that can be utilized year round for hiking, skiing, biking, and running. Additional space for events and additional activities will be added as development progresses.

The Center will be incorporated as a non-profit by end of the year and managed by a board of family members, Roy’s fellow ski mates, coaches, and friends. Others interested in volunteering or participating in any way can reach the family.