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RIP - Wayne Coombs
TikiHardBop
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Joined: Feb 21, 2009
Posts: 408
From: Rockledge, FL
Posted: 2012-09-04 12:45 pm   Permalink

We have information coming in from various sources that Wayne Coombs has passed. I'll post more information as I get it. A real loss to the community.

 
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TornadoTiki
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Joined: Sep 14, 2008
Posts: 15
From: Florida's Space Coast
Posted: 2012-09-04 12:47 pm   Permalink

I am very sad to report that Wayne Coombs has died. The founder of Mai Tiki, he was a huge personality and a tremendous influence on tiki art in Florida and beyond. I interviewed him several times. His importance to art on the Space Coast and the identity of Cocoa Beach can't be underestimated. All that said, personally, he was a hoot - a force of nature who loved tiki, who loved art, who loved the beach. He always had an eye for a sale, and his customers loved buying his work, because his heart was in it. I'll miss him.

 
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AceExplorer
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Joined: Apr 03, 2008
Posts: 919
From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2012-09-04 12:50 pm   Permalink

Wow, that's tragic, the gravity of this loss is not easy to comprehend... Condolences to his family, many friends, and co-workers. I have a Mai Tiki carving prominently displayed in my kitchen and will fondly remember the hours I spent with Wayne choosing "the right carving" and also discussing his initial foray into other printed art.

 
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WestADad
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Joined: Mar 31, 2009
Posts: 745
From: Tornado Alley
Posted: 2012-09-04 1:08 pm   Permalink

Very sad indeed, my condolences to the family.

Found this quickly searching.

http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20120904/ENTERTAINMENT06/120904020/Wayne-Coombs-talented-charismatic-tiki-artist-dies


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McTiki
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Joined: Aug 22, 2004
Posts: 1962
From: Sunny Florida
Posted: 2012-09-04 1:10 pm   Permalink

RIP Mai Tiki!

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TornadoTiki
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Joined: Sep 14, 2008
Posts: 15
From: Florida's Space Coast
Posted: 2012-09-04 1:43 pm   Permalink

If you want to see one of the video interviews I did with Wayne when I worked at Florida Today, go to this page and scroll down - it's fourth from the bottom. It shows him making a tiki puppet.
http://www.chriskridler.com/galleries/video/


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tiki_kiliki
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Joined: Apr 01, 2002
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From: Hamtown USA
Posted: 2012-09-04 1:58 pm   Permalink

Such a good friend and frequent contributor to The Hukilau. I'll treasure the times I had with him at his awesome compound. This years Hukilau will be dedicated to his memory.....
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Tipsy McStagger
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Joined: Nov 21, 2004
Posts: 3509
From: HELL
Posted: 2012-09-04 2:30 pm   Permalink

horrible- I just emailed him a couple weeks ago because my wife and i were planning on visiting him soon. Never was there an indication that anything was wrong and he was looking forward to our visit since i had not seen him in a few years.... I can't believe he's gone. He was a great inspiration. The first carved tiki i ever bought was from wayne..... he will be missed.


I need a maitai..... right now.


 
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Formikahini
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Joined: Aug 22, 2002
Posts: 1494
From: Houston, Texotica
Posted: 2012-09-04 4:34 pm   Permalink

Noooooo!
This is shocking!
He was SUCH a nice guy - and loving artist, meaning he loved his art. He loved creating.

This is a real loss.


 
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tikiskip
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Joined: Nov 26, 2005
Posts: 2770
Posted: 2012-09-04 4:42 pm   Permalink

He was a great guy.
RIP.






 
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TikiTomD
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Joined: Sep 20, 2009
Posts: 670
From: Flagler Beach, FL
Posted: 2012-09-04 5:30 pm   Permalink

So very sad... Wayne was the godfather of Space Coast Tiki. His works provided the thematic element in so many area establishments, extending up the coast to include even such mid-century icons as the Makai Beach Lodge in Ormond Beach. RIP, Wayne.

-Tom


 
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Matiki
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Joined: Sep 05, 2006
Posts: 53
From: The island of Michigan
Posted: 2012-09-04 5:38 pm   Permalink

Wow, very sad news. He treated me and my Family very nicely when we paid him a visit while staying at the Wakulla Suites in Cocoa Beach. Planty of his work will live on all over the state fo Florida and beyond

 
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tikivox
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Joined: Apr 27, 2008
Posts: 4
From: TN
Posted: 2012-09-04 6:35 pm   Permalink

It was just a few months ago when I last spoke with Wayne. He was a great artist as well as a person. My condolences go out to Becky and the rest of his family. He will be missed.



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sneakyjack
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Joined: May 25, 2004
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From: NYC Area
Posted: 2012-09-04 7:12 pm   Permalink

Sucky...


 
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4WDtiki
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Joined: Aug 03, 2004
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From: Omao, Kauai
Posted: 2012-09-04 9:22 pm   Permalink

Whoa, terrible!
Along with countless other beginning tiki carvers, HIS style was the look that I used as "reference" when I was starting out.
R.I.P Wayne.
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