OBITUARY

Edward "Eddie" Perez

December 1, 1961August 3, 2018
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PEREZ, Edward, 56 of Tampa passed away August 3, 2018. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Jackie Perez; mother, Maria ‘Esther’ Centeno; children, Thomas Perez and wife Kristina and Amanda Perez and fiancé Ryan Green, all of Tampa; sisters, Iris Mendez and husband Angel and Nancy Perez; sister, Eileen Ramirez; mother-in-law, Carmen Cepeda; grandchildren Clive & Audrey; and all of his wonderful nieces and nephews; and extended family members, friends, and co-workers. Eddie was born on December 1, 1961 to Jose and Maria “Esther” Perez in Brooklyn, New York. He met the love of his life, Carmen ‘Jackie’ Cepeda in 1977. They married in 1980 and eventually settled in the Tampa Bay area to raise their family. He worked at Berkeley Preparatory School for 21 years (so both of his children could attend & graduate) where he also coached softball and baseball for 15 years. He will forever be a die-hard NY Mets fan! A Celebration of his Life will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, August 11 at the Blount & Curry, Oldsmar/West Hillsborough Chapel, 6802 Silvermill Drive, Tampa. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Help Eddie Beat Cancer Fund: https://dm2.gofund.me/help-eddie-beat-cancer-fund.

Services

  • Gathering Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, August 11, 2018
REMEMBERING

Edward "Eddie" Perez

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Richard Pyrczak

August 15, 2018

Eddie was a true light on even the darkest of days. From the day I met him, he always made me so glad to have crossed paths with him. Whether it was his broad smile, a quick chat about life and family, a pat on the back, or Eddie's endless patience with my teasing him about the Mets, every interaction I had with him counted for so much. I always walked away with a huge sense of warmth, gratitude, and good will. And it was obvious that it was the same for everyone else Eddie interacted with on the Berkeley campus. I will miss Eddie tremendously. He knew how to live life and really make a difference in people's lives. I can only hope to take the lessons he taught me and go forward in life with the sense of service, caring, and fortitude Eddie shared with all of us who were so fortunate to spend time with him.

Tamarah Henderson

August 11, 2018

Eddie always greeted me with a great "hello" and "good morning", with a big smile on his face. Eddie was always there if I needed something done in the classroom and taking great care whatever he did. I will miss his smile, his kindness, and his friendship.

Richie Perallon

August 9, 2018

As a mom at Berkeley Prep, Eddie was always one of my favorite staff members. He assisted me often with Lower Division Used Uniform set up, and was without a doubt one of the finest men I met at Berkeley. Eddie was always wearing a smile, and he had such a happy disposition you could not help but be lifted by his mood. When my daughter graduated last year after 14 years at Berkeley, she insisted we find Mr. Eddie for a graduation photo, as he was a constant in her years there. I adored this man, and feel privileged to have called him a friend.

Sue Rothenbusch

August 9, 2018

I remember Eddie as the nicest guy on the maintence team. Eddie always said "hello" with a smile every day and I never saw him in a bad mood. He would help you any way he could even when it wasn't on his schedule. He loved to joke with us in the office and will certainly be missed. He spoke of his family with such pride and love.

Joy Miller

August 8, 2018

Eddie took such great care of us at Berkeley. He was always helpful, friendly, courteous and had a special way of getting things done for the teachers. He made me smile every time I crossed his path. Eddie will truly be missed!

Mary Thomas

August 8, 2018

As Director of Admissions at Berkeley for many years, I was out on campus quite often. Whenever I saw Eddie, he greeted me with a big smile . He always boosted my morale. I never saw him without a smile on his face. Berkeley was fortunate to have him as a part of our school family. He will be greatly missed by all of us. My deepest sympathy to all of you. Mary Will Thomas

Hal Schaeffer

August 7, 2018

Eddie and I worked together for 10 years and shared many successes in that effort. We also shared many conversations about our families, our grandchildren, our favorite baseball teams, and shared political beliefs. I remember all of that. Most of all I remember Eddie as a friend. Prayers for his soul and prayers for his family. Peace.

Hal and Peggy Schaeffer

FROM THE FAMILY
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FROM THE FAMILY