Gocek, Edward “Ed” Stanley, Jr., 60, of Land O’ Lakes, passed away on August 29, 2021, at Rucki Center for Hospice. Born in Gainesville, FL, and raised in Sarasota, FL, he graduated from Sarasota High School. Ed earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration and Political Science from the University of Florida and worked for U.S. Senator Paula Hawkins in Winter Park, FL, upon graduation. He went on to work for Eastern Financial Federal Credit Union, where he started as a teller and later became a branch manager. After Ed’s initial diagnosis of cancer in 2000, he contemplated becoming a nurse. Ed left Eastern Financial after twenty years in order to attend nursing school at Pasco Hernando Community College. After graduation, he worked as a nurse at University Community Health, Florida Hospital Tampa, and AdventHealth Tampa. Ed retired from nursing in 2019 after multiple cancer relapses. Over the years, Ed enjoyed motocross, tennis, running, fishing, boating, hiking, and camping. He loved music, played guitar, and attended many concerts. Ed was a beloved husband and devoted father. His handsome smile and adventurous spirit will be remembered by all who knew him. Ed is survived by his wife, Glenda Aileen Gocek of Land O’ Lakes; children, Anastasia Gocek, Michael Gocek, and Jasmine Gocek of Land O’ Lakes; mother, Linda Emmel of Lutz; stepfather, Glen Engelbrecht of Sarasota; siblings, Jimmy Gocek (Dianne) of Indiatlantic, Terri Wonder (Ray) of Waynesboro, Virginia, and Skip Engelbrecht of Atlanta, GA. He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Stanley Gocek, Sr. Ed’s Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at 1 p.m. at Plantation Palms Golf Club, 23252 Plantation Palms Blvd., Land O’ Lakes, FL 34639. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Finally Home Christian Adoption Services, 1936 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., #121, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544, Attn: Loryn Smith; and Gulfside Healthcare Services, 2061 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes, FL 34639, Attn: Carla Armstrong.