VARON, Edward "Eddie" 85, a respected and much loved HCC Counselor and South Tampa Little league Coach died Thursday, October 17, 2019 after a long battle with Spinal Stenosis. Ed was born and raised in Ybor city until he went off to The University of Florida in 1950 where he became a forever Gator Fan. He then enlisted in the United States Air Force and received his Honorable Discharge in 1962. After leaving the Air Force, he continued his education at the University of Tampa where he received his Masters in Education. Brandon High School was his first teaching position then onto Plant High School, where he taught what he loved, History. In the early 70's Eddie began his 30 plus year career at Hillsborough Community College as a career counselor. He eventually landed at the Ybor campus (not a half mile from where he was born) where he worked until he retired in 2002. Eddie loved the school but more than that he loved helping individuals better their lives through education. Ed's second love was coaching little league. He began coaching in the mid-60s at the Major John Musgrove Field with the Interbay Little League. He loved the game and some of his proudest moments were on the field with his boys. Eddie was a loving, supportive, caring and spoiling father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He leaves behind to cherish memories his wife of 38 years, Bonnie Varon; sons, Michael Varon (Barbara), Ronnie Varon and Bobby Varon (DeeAnn); daughters, Cathy Varon (Neil) and Teresa Draughn (Jim); grandchildren, Crystal, Olivia (Joe), Michael, Justin, Sarah, Nathaniel, and Colton; and great-grandsons, Gabriel, Atticus, Gavin, and Archer along with many nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends. A visitation will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 2-3 pm at Gonzalez Funeral Home with funeral services beginning at 3 pm. Family and friends are encouraged to share a memory of Ed during the services. Arrangements entrusted to Gonzalez Funeral Home.
Ed was a loving and caring man who cared deeply for his family and friends. Knowing him for the last 20+ years was a blessing and my thoughts and sympathies are with Bonnie and the rest of his family....Cherish the positive memories you each have with him....
October 26, 2019
To my cousins and Bonnie,
May you find peace in this trying time of lost of my Tio Eddie. He has now gone to a much better place. He certainly was a Gentleman and a Scholar. God Bless you all !
Eddie and Pam Morera
October 25, 2019
I fondly remember the nice experiences, of knowing Ed, that many had when we worked together at the Ybor campus. Ed was always kind, helpful, respectful and considerate of the students, and of the other counselors. Our sincere sympathy is extended to all of Ed's family members for your loss; Ed always spoke with great care about his family. Blessings to all. Care and prayers, wfrenz
October 24, 2019
October 21, 2019
Dear Bonnie, 60 plus years we have done it all together. We never discussed this day to come. Stay strong. Sending love to you and the family. With sympathy, Patsy
October 20, 2019
To Mike and Cathy your dad was a great guy loved him dearly . I knew him for many years at Hcc with my dad Henry, and I appreciated that he went to my dad's wake. May he rest in peace and have a safe journey . Love to you both.
October 20, 2019
Bonnie, Ken and I are so sorry you've lost Eddie. He was a gentleman and he will be missed.