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Clarement memorial service planned for teen who died in Sunday's crash in Unity
Calling hours for Jonathan Michael Varnum Jr., 17, are planned from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Stringer Funeral Home on Broad Street in Claremont. (Stringer Funeral Home)
Calling hours for Jonathan Michael Varnum Jr., 17, are planned from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Stringer Funeral Home on Broad Street in Claremont.
A Stringer Funeral Home representative said Wednesday that the funeral home is also handling arrangements for the other crash victims, but the plans are not yet final.
Varnum was born in Claremont, according to his obituary.
He was a senior at Stevens High School in Claremont, where he was named student of the year, and was an aspiring machinist.
“It’s not something we’re going to heal from easily,” said Jack McClay on Wednesday.
McClay’s wife, Jodie, is a cousin to Brandon Rock’s mother. He was also Varnum’s boss as owner of Out of the Ordinary pizza restaurant on Pleasant Street.
Survivor in fair condition
Everyone in the community is wishing the lone survivor of the car crash, 17-year-old Selena Carrier of Claremont the best, McClay said, and are glad to hear she is now in fair condition.
Still hospitalized, Carrier was listed in fair condition on Wednesday, a Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center spokesperson said.
State police responded to the crash at 2:10 a.m. Sunday.
The collision also brought down the 150-year-old oak in the front yard of Larry and Diana Owen’s home at 758 West Unity Road.
McClay said he was visiting with Rock’s family when the teens came for a visit.
“It was just a total surprise,” McClay said. “It was heartfelt from the kids. It helped the parents, for sure, to know that they had that many people that loved them.”
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