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Edward M. Kay

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Kay, Edward M. of Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. passed away at home early on November 2, surrounded by family and loved ones. Born in Jersey City on March 24,1942, Eddie grew up in Hollywood Florida ultimately becoming a double Gator, graduating the undergraduate school in 1961 and the law school in 1965. Eddie bled orange and blue and was aware that his beloved Gators beat Georgia before he passed away. Eddie joined the legendary criminal law firm of Varon and Stahl and quickly became a rising star around the courthouse and local legal and shall we say social scene. Eddie gained national recognition as the lead lawyer on the Sharon Brown murder acquittal. Known by his friends and admirers as "Fast Eddie " he was a force of nature. In 1979, Eddie left Varon and Stahl and formed a new firm with his colleague David Bogenschutz. More recently, Eddie shared office space with his colleague and friend, Kevin Kulik. At the same time his legal career took off, Eddie became a force in Broward County politics. Having served as President of the Florida Young Democrats in the early 70's he became the reforming, young Chairman of the Broward County Democratic Party. Eddie was an early supporter and confident of Congressman Alcee Hastings, Governor Lawton Chiles and a whole host Broward judges too numerous to list. As Eddie's health started to decline 8 years ago, he was fortunate to having the unselfish and inspiring support of his wife Patricia. All his friends were in awe and grateful for Patricia's presence. He loved Patricia very deeply. Edward M. Kay, a Broward County original, is survived by his wife Patricia, daughter Ashley, brother Richard Kay and his wife Claire, niece Rachel and nephew Jeffrey, daughter Kara and son-in law Owen Henderson, grand-children Kirsten, Kate and Megan Henderson, and 1000s of friends he left laughing and crying. A celebration of Eddie's life will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 5th 11AM at St. Sebastian 2000 Marietta Dr., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316.

Published in Sun-Sentinel from Nov. 3 to Nov. 4, 2014
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