Michael R. Waite

Michael R. Waite, affectionately known as “Cornbread,” passed away Aug. 24, 2013, in Seagrove Beach, Fla. 

Cornbread was born in Madrid, Spain, March 15, 1960.  Shortly after his birth, his father, Ray Waite of the U.S. Air Force and his mother, Phyllis Waite, settled in Fort Walton Beach. Cornbread would spend the rest of his life along the Emerald Coast.  He attended Choctawhatchee High School and soon after began his life long occupation as a fisherman. 

Other than his two children, Michael Ryan Waite and Ann Caroline Waite, his greatest love was being at sea. He was an avid outdoorsman. If he wasn’t fishing, he was hunting or simply walking in the woods. Also, while hunting it was the rare opportunity that you could find him wearing shoes other than flip-flops. His beloved mother, Phyllis Waite, was a member of the Chippewa Indian Tribe, and he had the same true spirit of an American Indian as his mother did. He was a kind soul and a strong man. He had a smile for everyone he met. Although he was a rugged man of the sea, he was also the consummate gentleman. He was much loved and he will be missed. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Debrah Persons and Vicki Waite, and his beloved dog, G-Dog. 

He is survived by his son, Michael, who is also a fisherman and boat captain; daughter, Caroline who just graduated from L.S.U.; sister, Joni Powell and her husband Barry and their children, Brian and Elizabeth; niece, Heather Jernnigan and her husband Brian and their children Brandon and Caleb;  and his long time love, Aimee Alderson.

Cornbread’s life will be celebrated at 6 p.m. Aug. 30 aboard the New Florida Girl in Destin Harbor.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Michael R. Waite’s name to the Coastal Conservation Association of South Walton at http://www.ccaflorida.org.

Patricia A. Reardon

Patricia A. Reardon, 82, went to be with the Lord Aug. 24, 2013. She was born in Providence, R.I., where she lived for 60 years. She moved to New Port Richey, Fla., for 20 years before moving to Fort Walton Beach to be close to family.

During her high school years, Patricia wrote a paper, “I Stand for Democracy,” which caught the attention of First Lady Eleanor D. Roosevelt. They developed a pen pal relationship for years.

Patricia attended Lesley College in Boston, Mass. She earned her B.S. degree in early education. After graduation she took a job with the Department of Defense, teaching on U.S. bases overseas. Her career took her to many locations. She taught in Newfoundland, Germany, Hawaii, Philippine Islands, and Japan. As a young single teacher she traveled the world visiting Europe, France, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Spain, Italy and Portugal. Her final base was Quantico, Va.

She fell in love with a Navy aviator, Lt. Cmdr. Lester L Reardon. They married on Aug. 26, 1961. They raised five children together and have numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Patricia was surrounded nonstop with love and support from her daughter, Mary Alice Daigneault, and grandchildren, Kelly and Bryan Burch of Destin. She will be truly missed but always in our heart.

The service will be at Emerald Coast Funeral Home Aug. 27. Viewing from 10-11:30 a.m. Mass will immediately follow at St. Mary Catholic Church, Fort Walton Beach.