September 9, 2019


Jocelyn (Joe) Tinaya passed away at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach on Aug. 15, 2019 after a long illness.

Joe was born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1958, the second of three children to Loreto and Luz Tinaya. Joe and his family moved to Key West in 1966, where he graduated from Key West High School in 1976. He continued his education, receiving degrees from Santa Fe Community College and University of Florida. He worked as a respiratory therapist in Gainesville before moving to Atlanta and Jacksonville. Joe moved back home to Key West in 1986 for work and to be near his family. He was a longtime employee of Florida Keys Memorial Hospital as a respiratory therapist, a registered nurse and an on-flight paramedic. Before retiring, Joe taught CPR and ACLS courses at Florida Keys Community College.

Joe is survived by his mother, Luz Tinaya of Key West, brother Romeo (Sharon) Tinaya of DeLeon Springs; sister Adelita Tinaya-Miller (Terry) of Gainesville; niece Mariko (Rachel) Tinaya of Chattanooga, Tennessee; nephews Nathaniel Tinaya of Winter Haven and Dominic DiGloria of Concord, California; twins grand-niece Sparrow and grand-nephew Elijah Tinaya; and grand-niece, LilyAnne Tinaya of Winter Haven.

Joe possessed a wealth of knowledge on many subjects. He was an avid reader, lover of music and, in his younger years, loved to sail. Always a tough taskmaster, he was always willing to help those in need. In many ways Joe was a stabilizing factor during times of family loss and need. He will be dearly missed by friends and loved ones but will always be remembered as a loving son, brother, uncle and friend.

A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m. at the Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea. Please, no flowers or gifts. Instead, please donate to your favorite charity.