Former Canaveral Port Authority Official John Marc Varndell, 70, of Cocoa, Passed Away April 15

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John Marc Varndell passed away on April 15. Born Sept. 28, 1949 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, John was a colorful/charismatic individual who wore many hats.

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – John Marc Varndell passed away on April 15. Born Sept. 28, 1949 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, John was a colorful and charismatic individual who wore many hats.

John was a graduate of Cocoa High School as well as Warner Southern University.

He held numerous positions around the world including a riverboat purser on the Mississippi, professional card dealer in Vegas, bartender, an official for Canaveral Port Authority, and finally a licensed customs broker.

John was an avid Democrat and was sent as an emissary to Bill Clinton’s inauguration.

Notable among the many achievements attributed to John is the creation of Foreign Trade Zone 136 at the Port and filing the first-ever export declaration into space from a foreign trade zone.

John loved fishing and collecting art. He is survived by his long time girlfriend Chris Penley and brothers Dan and Jeff.

Celebration of Life to be determined at a later date.

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