BONDI, Dr. Joseph C. age 76 of Temple Terrace, passed away from Leukemia on January 8, 2013. Dr. Bondi was born on August 15, 1936 in Tampa, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Virginia Bondi. He was a native of Tampa, later with residences in Temple Terrace and Longboat Key, Florida. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Patsy Bondi, daughters, Pam Bondi (Greg Henderson), Beth Bondi McIntyre (Rich McIntyre) and son Brad Bondi (Tandy). He is also survived by his sister, Frances Bondi Glenn and her husband Darby Glenn and six loving grandchildren, Jake Schaffer, Emma and Evan McIntyre, Rex Bondi, Brad Bondi, Jr. and Rhea Bondi. Dr. Bondi was a Navy veteran and a graduate of Hillsborough High School, where he was a member of the school's Hall of Fame. After high school he earned his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees from The University of Florida. Dr. Bondi was a pioneer in the middle school movement, organizing one of the first five middle schools in the nation. He was the author of over twenty-five leading educational textbooks and was a partner in the international educational consulting firm of Wiles, Bondi and Associates, working in all fifty states and twenty foreign countries. During his career, Dr. Bondi served as a teacher, school administrator and college professor. He also served his community of Temple Terrace, Florida as a member of the City Council from 1970-74 and Mayor from 1974-78. He was selected as the first chairman of the Hillsborough County Council of Governments in 1975. He is listed in "Who's Who in America". A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 2:00 PM at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 304 Druid Hills Road, Temple Terrace, FL 33617. In lieu of flowers, friends may make a contribution to Metropolitan Ministries.
Published in TBO.com on Jan. 11, 2013