GEORGE EDMUND NUNEZ, II – 78 - CPA, Lt. Col. U.S. Army Reserves, Retired
WINTER HAVEN - George Edmund Nunez II, 78, passed away on February 8, 2013, of complications from cancer at Winter Haven Hospital.
Edmund was born in Ocala, FL, to George Tierso Nunez and Helen Josephine Stringer Nunez on November 12, 1934.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Sara Barbara, first wife and mother of his children, Clara Hines Nunez and son, Philip.
He is survived by his wife Lydia Baker Nunez, son George Tierso Nunez II (Andrea) Haines City, FL, daughter Suzanne Marie Hood, Bonifay, FL, and stepson Webster Byron Baker, St. Leo, FL, eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and his brother Charles Tierso (Rhona), Lakeland, FL.
Edmund attended schools in Lakeland and Bartow, graduating from Summerlin Institute, Bartow, class of 1953. He was a gifted athlete, lettering in four sports: football, track, basketball and baseball. He was President of his senior class. He also excelled in voice in high school with the glee club, singing the tenor lead in several operettas and the Messiah at Summerlin.
He graduated in 1957 from Florida State University, where he was in Kappa Alpha Fraternity, with a degree in accounting. He joined his father in the accounting firm of Nunez and Nunez in Bartow when he received his CPA license in 1958. Later the firm began a series of mergers to become the NCT Group CPA's with offices in Lakeland, Winter Haven and Sebring, FL. Edmund managed the Winter Haven office. In 1987 he formed Nunez & Co, CPA's, with his wife and partner, Lydia. He remained active as a CPA until his recent illness.
Edmund was active in serving his community. He was a volunteer fireman in Bartow, a member of the Rotary Clubs in Bartow and Winter Haven, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and the Junior Chamber of Commerce, holding both State and National offices, as State Vice President and National Jaycee treasurer. He retired from the Army having achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Edmund was an avid outdoors man. He loved hunting and fishing with his lifelong friends. During deer season he spent weekends at a Georgia hunting camp with his friends and sitting in a tree stand waiting for the next trophy buck. In the spring time he spent his best time fly fishing with friends for the big bream in the Lake Hatchineha Chain. Summers were spent in the North Georgia Mountains in Blairsville. GA, enjoying time with his wife, dogs and friends.
A celebration of his life will be held at St. David's Episcopal Church, 145 E. Edgewood Drive, Lakeland, FL on Saturday, February 16, 2013. The Rev. Timothy Nunez and the Rev. Leslie Nunez Steffensen, Edmund's nephew and niece will officiate.
In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to the Moffitt Cancer Center, Good Shepherd Hospice, or the local Humane Society or Polk County Animal Control, in his memory.
Ledger, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013