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Edward Norbert Gongola

July 14, 1936 — May 14, 2023



Edward Norbert Gongola, age 86, passed way peacefully Sunday, May 14, 2023, surrounded by his loving family in Hudson, Florida. He was born on 7/14/1936 in Chicago, Illinois to Florence and Edward Gongola. He joined the US Army in 1958 and served our country proudly. He married the love of his life, Sharon Ann Waters on February 1, 1961. Together they had 4 children, 3 girls, 1 boy. His career was diverse. He started as a police officer in Algonquin, Illinois. Afterwards, he worked at Bob’s foreign cars, before becoming an independent truck driver where he spent many years traveling over the road, and best known as the “ Bandit”. After many cold winters, he persuaded his wife and children to give up snow shovels for beach shovels, and relocated to sunny Florida. He began a career in Florida, at Pasco County Utilities, moving up to management over the years and later retiring after 15 years. Post retirement, he became an active member of “ Our Lady Queen of Peace “ church in New Port Richey, Florida, where he found his passion for serving God. Through his passion, he became Grand Knight with the Knights of Columbus. Due to his love for cooking, he and his wife Sharon founded “St. Lorenzo’s breakfast”, with Father Sebastian’s blessing. In addition, he was a chef at the monthly dinners. This, led he and Sharon, to form precious lifelong friendships and relationships. 

Ed thoroughly enjoyed Tampa Bay sporting events especially live Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tampa Bay Rays games. He enjoyed them best when shared with family and friends. The games were never quite complete without tailgating at least 4 hours before, enjoying Publix Subs and a cold beer. 

His social side was always evident, even at home. He enjoyed the outdoors immensely and was always found sitting outside in front of his home daily, reading the paper, drinking coffee, and providing a friendly hello to all that passed by. He became well known for being the “Mayor of Warren Avenue”. 

While we are all deeply saddened by his passing, we also feel very blessed to have been loved by an amazing father. We will miss him dearly. 

He is survived by his beloved wife, Sharon of 62 years. His 4 children: Kathy Gongola, Lori Springer (spouse, Robert Britt Startsman), Diane Leonard (spouse, Casey Leonard), Michael Gongola (spouse, Carol Gongola). His brother, Leonard Gongola, sisters, Marilyn Golz and Janice Gongola. His grandchildren: Matthew Pescinski, Kristina Pescinski, Jessica Leonard, Emilee Hinson, Samantha Gongola, Meghan Leonard, Jamie Gongola. His great grandchildren: Dakota, Maggie, Eliana, Avery, Ophelia, and Christopher. 

Services to be held on Monday 5/22/23 at Our Lady Queen of Peace church in New Port Richey, Florida at 10am. Followed by burial services at the Bushnell National cemetery at 12:30.

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Monday, May 22, 2023

10:00 - 10:45 am (Eastern time)

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Monday, May 22, 2023

12:30 - 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

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6502 SW 102nd Ave, Bushnell, FL 33513

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