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Tampa dad dies days after son’s bedside graduation


Published:   |   Updated: June 11, 2014 at 12:20 PM

A father who saw his son graduate recently from Robinson High School at his bedside has died after a battle with brain cancer.

Ed Varnedoe died Monday at his South Tampa home at age 59.

Varnedoe’s death came 10 days after a special ceremony in which his son, Corey, received his diploma. The ceremony took place May 30, three days before the school’s regular graduation, with a small group of family and friends gathered around his bed.

Varnedoe was diagnosed in December with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain tumors.

His wife of 28 years, Robin, reached out to Robinson Assistant Principal Trina Rodriguez on May 29 to see whether Corey could graduate early at home.

“His health had deteriorated a lot faster than we anticipated,” Robin Varnedoe said of her husband. “We called the school to see if they could arrange something.”

The administrators were happy to help, and ceremony was planned for the next day.

Like his son, Varnedoe was a Robinson graduate, Class of 1974.

Varnedoe worked at Napa Auto Parts for 35 years until his diagnosis.

He is survived by his wife, three sons, a daughter, a sister and five grandchildren.

No service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Lifepath Hospice.

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