Friday, August 22, 2014
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On July 20, Michael R. Joiner, "Mike," age 51, passed on from this earthly realm in the city of his birth, Charleston, S.C.

Mike loved and lived in the Florida Keys from 1973 to 2004 when he moved to the mainland. He was most at home in or on the sea. He spent his childhood collecting shells at Bahia Honda and his nickname was "Jacques Cousteau." Throughout his life he had many sea adventures scuba diving and fishing in the Florida Keys and the Bahamas. He loved camping at Marvin Keys, eating mangoes and seafood. He was a talented chef who had worked at The Pier House, Louie's Back Yard and Kyushu where he prepared gourmet meals for the rich and famous who visited Key West. He loved classic rock music and was an avid fan of the Miami Dolphins. Win or lose he bled aqua and orange every football season. Mike would never know how much he was loved and respected in this life and how much he will be missed by his friends and family.

"So now we mourn for Michael, and our tears fall down like rain. We would cry for him an ocean full to swim back home to us again."

Mike is survived by his mother, Lorine Fernandes and stepfather Louis, formerly of Key Colony Beach and now of Charleston, S.C., and his brother Mark Joiner and Leanne Silverman of Cudjoe Key; his beloved daughter, Emily Joiner, and estranged wife, Stephanie, as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.