Michael Coenen, 1961 – 2017


    On Sept 30, 2017 Michael Pierre Coenen (56) left us to scout for virgin fishing and hunting grounds. Mike was the beloved husband of Tiffany Kersten, favorite son of Marcelle Coenen, son-in-law of Pat Kersten, Uncle to Gabrielle and Danielle, brother to Robert Coenen (Sonia), Marc Coenen, Martin Coenen (Christine Axel), Rick Kersten and John Soder. He is survived by numerous Aunts, Uncles and Cousins in Florida, California, Canada, Belgium, Lebanon and Australia.

    Michael is preceded in death by his father Pierre and nephew Riley.

    Mike also leaves behind the close brotherhood of fellow Firefighters at The Fort Myers Beach Fire Department. Michael was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed boating, hunting and traveling to his sanctuary (Hillcrest) in Georgia. Mike courageously fought cancer over the past 14 years, while living life on his terms and chasing adventure.

    Professionally Mike started at the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department as a firefighter, then a paramedic and rose to the position of Battalion Chief during the past 19 years. During his service he had the opportunity to serve with a special group of brave men and form many special close relationships. The family wishes to extend special thanks to the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department, Moffitt Cancer Center, Hope Hospice and Gendron Funeral & Cremation Services Inc. all of whom treated Mike with dignity and compassion.

    A celebration of Michael’s life will take place at Beach Baptist Church,

    130 Connecticut Street, Fort Myers Beach, Florida on Saturday, October 7th 2017 at 11:00 am.

    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Firefighter Cancer Support Network. Phone number 786-351-3276, contact person Keith Tyson.