South Tampa father dies after son's at-home graduation

Corey Varnedoe, 19, kisses his father Edward Varnedoe in the family’s living room just after his graduation from Robinson High School, as his mother Robin Varnedoe wipes away a tear. Robinson principal Johnny Bush, background, conferred the graduation at the Varnedoes’ home on May 30 because of Mr. Varnedoe’s deteriorating condition due to brain cancer.

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Corey Varnedoe, 19, kisses his father Edward Varnedoe in the family’s living room just after his graduation from Robinson High School, as his mother Robin Varnedoe wipes away a tear. Robinson principal Johnny Bush, background, conferred the graduation at the Varnedoes’ home on May 30 because of Mr. Varnedoe’s deteriorating condition due to brain cancer.

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Father saw son get diploma before death

A South Tampa father who watched his son graduate from high school in a ceremony at his bedside has died of brain cancer.

When Edward Varnedoe, 59, was bedridden just before his youngest son, Corey, was set to graduate from Robinson High School, his family arranged for a private graduation on May 30 with the principal, Johnny Bush. That day, his health started deteriorating quickly, said his wife, Robin Varnedoe.

Mr. Varnedoe, himself a Robinson graduate, worked at Napa Auto Parts for more than 35 years until his December 2013 diagnosis.

"He worked very, very hard," his wife said. "His main concern was to provide for his family. He was the kind of guy that didn't ever want anything for himself."

Mr. Varnedoe died Monday. He is survived by his wife, sister, four children and five grandchildren.

Times staff

South Tampa father dies after son's at-home graduation 06/12/14 [Last modified: Thursday, June 12, 2014 10:05pm]

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