John Mayer's Real Estate Blog: Cocoa Beach Tiki Mon Legend is now in Tiki Heaven

Cocoa Beach Tiki Mon Legend is now in Tiki Heaven

 A Cocoa Beach Legend went to Tiki Heaven on Tuesday, 9/5/2012 of an apparent heart attack. Wayne Coombs opened Mai Tiki Studio and Gallery in 1973 and I couldn't begin to count all the homes and businesses his art is an integral part of. I spoke with him several times at art shows and in his studio where I took the photo below. The first thing you noticed were his big hands, wide smile and booming voice. I don't know of anyone who added as much color and originality to the Space Coast. The big man will be missed!

 From his website: “Wayne Coombs began hand carving palm trees and driftwood in Cocoa Beach Florida over 35 years ago. Over the years Wayne has progressed to paintings, hardwood, stone, lava, rock, interior as well as exterior design from his studio in Cocoa Beach.”

 Mai Tiki and Wayne

Photos from his website.

 

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Comment balloon 12 commentsJohn Mayer • September 05 2012 08:16AM

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John- so sorry to hear this.   He looks like he was a generaous free spirit.  I love those carvings. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 7 years ago

Thanks Kathy - He was well liked everywhere he went.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) about 7 years ago

Sorry to hear of the heart attack,  the carvings are amazing, sorry for the loss...

Posted by Diane Daley (Caron's Gateway Real Estate) about 7 years ago

John - That's a wonderful tribute to one of your local artisans.  I'm sorry to hear of his passing! 

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 7 years ago

Caron's - He was an amazing artist and icon in the area.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) about 7 years ago

Thanks Myrl - He sure had a lot of friends around here!

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) about 7 years ago

John, I too am sorry to hear this, those were some great Tiki carvings that he did!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) about 7 years ago

Hi Tony - Yes, he was very talented. Im sure his designs will still be made by the artisans in his shop under the direction of his wife.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) about 7 years ago

Sorry to hear of his passing....and this is the first time I have seen any of his work! I would love to have one of his tiki cravings on my patio!

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) about 7 years ago

Hi Sussie - You can still buy one. His wife runs the store now. His work is pretty neat!

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) about 7 years ago

John  Very nice tribute to your friend.  I'm sure he's smiling down from Tiki Heaven

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) about 7 years ago

Thanks Karen - He was a local legend and quite a character.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) about 7 years ago

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