Attorney General Pam Bondi issued the following statement regarding the passing of her father, Dr. Joseph Bondi.
"My beautiful Daddy went to heaven yesterday. He was surrounded by all his family. He fought a great fight with leukemia.
Thanks for all of your prayers and support.
Attorney General Pam Bondi
We are so heartbroken but comforted to know he is with our Lord. Please continue to pray for my family during this most difficult time in our lives," said Bondi.
Dr. Joseph Bondi passed away from leukemia Jan. 8.
Born Aug. 15, 1936, he was a Tampa native later with residences in Temple Terrace and Long Boat Key.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Patsy Bondi; daughters, Pam Bondi (Greg Henderson) and Beth Bondi McIntyre (Rich McIntyre); and son, Brad Bondi (Tandy). He is also survived by his sister, Frances Bondi Glenn, and her husband, William Glenn, and six loving grandchildren Jake Schaffer, Emma and Evan McIntyre, Rex Bondi, Brad Bondi Jr. and Rhea Bondi.
He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Virginia Bondi.
Dr. Bondi was a U.S. Navy veteran and a graduate of Hillsborough High School where he was a member of the school's Hall of Fame and earned bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Florida.
Dr. Bondi was a pioneer in the middle school movement organizing one of the first five middle schools in the nation.
He authored more than 25 educational textbooks and was a partner in the international education consulting firm of Wiles, Bondi and Associates, working in all 50 states and 20 foreign countries.
During his career, Dr. Bondi served as a teacher, school administrator, and college professor. He also served his community of Temple Terrace, Florida as a member of the City Council from 1970-74 and Mayor from 1974-78. He was selected the first chairman of the Hillsborough County Council of Governments in 1975. He is listed in "Who's Who in America."
In lieu of flowers, friends may make contributions at Metropolitan Ministries.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 304 Druid Hills Road, Temple Terrace.