OBITUARY

August Michael Van Eepoel

May 30, 1948May 16, 2020

August Michael Van Eepoel, 71, a fourth-generation Tampa native and a follower of Jesus Christ, died on May 16, 2020.

He deeply loved his wife, Kathi, sharing life with her for 35 years. He cherished each of his daughters, Amy Valentine, Laura Connolly, and Erin Hamilton, and embraced their husbands, Stephen Valentine, Brian Connolly, and Dieter Hamilton, as sons. He had six grandchildren who filled him with joy: Hunter Valentine, Chloe Valentine, John “Jack” Connolly, Henry Connolly, Ella Hamilton, and Emilia “Millie” Hamilton. The oldest of nine children, Gus will be greatly missed by his siblings: James, Catherine, Michael, Mary, Richard, Jane (Rayborn), and Thomas Van Eepoel. Gus was preceded in death by his parents, August and Betty Van Eepoel, and his brother, William Van Eepoel.

Always living life to the fullest, Gus balanced his family, spiritual life, and work with memory-making activities with his family, including snow skiing, sailboat racing and cruising at Davis Island Yacht Club, hiking and camping in the North Carolina mountains, and special family cooking events and annual beach vacations.

Gus practiced law in Tampa throughout his 47-year career, focusing on family estate planning and related family business. With his background as a Certified Public Accountant, he guided his clients with legal advice from a financial perspective. He highly valued his client conferences and used them as opportunities to educate as well as learn from his clients. His experience as an adjunct tax professor at the University of South Florida taught him the value of asking questions and actively listening to better understand his clients’ needs.

Gus was an active member of Bell Shoals Baptist Church, teaching a weekly adult Bible class for many years. He recently joined First Baptist Church of Tampa after moving nearby. Friends and family are invited to attend a Celebration of Life service at First Baptist Church of Tampa, 302 West Kennedy Avenue, on Saturday, May 23, at 11:00 a.m. The church will abide by COVID-19 guidelines for seating in the 800-seat sanctuary. There will be no visitation prior to or following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Gus’s memory may be made to Bible Study Fellowship International. https://www.bsfinternational.org/support/give/?source=bsfinternational.org&fund_id=1&category_id=3

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, May 23, 2020

Memories

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Hallie Evans

May 22, 2020

Gus was an inspiration for those at Akerman who were his neighbors on his corner on the 17th Floor. His enthusiasm for his clients, friends, family, for the practice of law, and for life in general was refreshing. We were always happy to see Gus. We have missed him and will miss him still. Gus shared his faith as freely as he shared his enthusiasm, and surely he rests in peace.

Robin Walker

May 20, 2020

What can be said about this great guy.
Happy
Never saw a stranger
Loved his family, friends, church and all he met
You will be missed greatly
Save a spot up there for us

Eva Weathers

May 20, 2020

Needless to say that we lost a jewel. Every time i spoke with Gus was a happy time. Never was he not in a good mood. Not to say that he didn't have them, but never with me. I feel a loss of a friend and want all his family to know that the world was blessed with such a fine husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. We can all rejoice that he is now in peace.

Gary Laursen

May 20, 2020

Gus was a professional friend of mine for most of my legal and teaching career. I was able to get him to teach Advanced Corporate Taxation in the USF MAcc program many years ago. I had Gus speak to many of my classes on Estate Planning, value added accountants contributions to mergers and acquisitions, and many other topics. I usually asked him to speak on whatever he wanted to talk about. His legal knowledge was outstanding.

Gus had an amazing mind, and his sense of humor was the best. I will miss my friend.

Best wishes to Kathi and family.

Gary Laursen

James Jimenez

May 20, 2020

Gus affected the lives of many people; family, friends and associates. He was always genuinely concerned about those around him, and he influenced them much more than he realized both in life and in business. I will miss my friend very much.

Jim Jimenez

Jorge Viso

May 19, 2020

Gus always had a smile and a kind word.
Always

Joe and Susie Jamsky

May 19, 2020

Gus presented me (Joe) with my first Bible. I will ,forever ,cherish his many wisdom filled, encouraging words.
Gus was an incredible mentor and always willing to offer help in anyway he could. You will be missed by so many.

Jim Fernandez

May 19, 2020

Gus was a scholar, teacher and mentor to so many, not only on legal matters but spiritual teachings. He was loved and respected by all who were fortunate to know him. We will miss him dearly.

Richard Anello

May 18, 2020

The credo for the Society of Jesus is "a man for others". If you knew Gus, you know what that implies. You will be missed, good friend, but you will not be forgotten.

Rick Anello
Jesuit Class of '66

Jeanette Friedheim

May 18, 2020

We were privileged to know and work with Gus over the past 20+ years. He was always accommodating, sincere and greeted you with his infectious smile. You knew he loved his work. It was difficult to witness his pain recently, but he made every effort to listen, give sound advice in spite of his own obvious difficulty.
Gus, May you now enjoy the peace promised to you!
We will miss you, but we know you suffer no more. You have finished the race, you have won eternal peace!
Jeanette Friedheim & Mary Sid & Jeannette Twachtmann

FROM THE FAMILY

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