GONZALEZ, Edward Manuel, 80 of Tampa, was called to our Lord on April 7, 2013. He was surr-ounded at home by his loving family. A native and lifelong resident of Tampa, Eddie attended Plant High School and was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. He graduated from the University of Florida Pharmacy School in 1956 where he played baseball. His passion as a Florida Gator Sports Fan was born. He was the Director of Pharmacy Services at Plant City Baptist Hospital for 7 yrs. Thereafter, was hired and fell in love with Tampa General Hospital where he worked in various capacities including Chief Pharmacist of the Rehab Center, Pain Management Center and Psychiatric Center. Tampa General Hospital was truly his second family. He served on various boards including being appointed by the Governor to the State Health and Human Services Board. Eddie retired from Tampa General Hospital after over 42 years of dedicated service. He is preceded in death by his parents Edward M. Gonzalez, Sr. and Dahlia Castro Gonzalez and his best friend "brother" Vincent Giglio. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Jeannette Gonzalez; son, Brian Gonzalez and wife Kathy; daughter, Lisa Gonzalez Finn and husband, Jeff; grandchildren EJ and Matthew Gonzalez and Peyton Finn; sister and brother in law: Joyce and Jesse Roger; nephew Kevin Roger (Scarlett) and niece, Karla Brewer (Joel). Catholic Funeral Services will be held on Friday afternoon, April 12, at 1 o'clock at St Lawrence Catholic Church, 5225 N. Himes Ave., with Monsignor Laurence E. Higgins, PA, Pastor Emeritus, officiating. Interment will follow in Centro Asturiano Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Friday morning, April 12, from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at the church. Pallbearers include: Brian Gonzalez, EJ Gonzalez, Matthew Gonzalez, Jeff Finn, Jesse Roger, Kevin Roger and Joe Trumbach. Honorary pallbearers included Andrew Massaro, Dominic Castellano, Dennis Alvarez, George Levy, and Vincent Giglio, posthumously. Flowers will be accepted or contributions may be made to USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute, 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC70, Tampa, Florida 33612 in memory of Eddie Gonzalez on behalf of Jeannette Gonzalez. He was happiest when surrounded by family and friends. "Papa", we love you and will miss you! Please send online condolences to: www.jgrfuneralhome.com
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Published in TBO.com on Apr. 10, 2013