With heavy hearts, the family of Peter Roberts Payne announces his passing on June 2, 2018. He died peacefully in his home surrounded by love. He is survived by his adoring wife of 60 years, Barbara Ransom Payne, his four grown children Steve, Sue, Charlie and Elizabeth, their spouses, Tamera, Susan and Kurt and ten beautiful grandchildren ranging in ages from 10 to 25 and living around the world. Barbara and Peter cherish their community at the Parish Church of St. Helena where a service will be held to honor his life on Friday, July 6, 2018 at 10:00am when his entire family can be in attendance. Peter was born to Marjorie and George Roberts Payne on April 24, 1934 in New Jersey, just one mile away from Barbara Ransom's family. They met when Barbara entered kindergarten and married on July 12, 1958 at Calvary Church where they had also both been baptized and confirmed. They raised their children first in New Jersey, then Connecticut and eventually Rhode Island before settling on Dataw Island in January, 2000. Peter was a marketing and business development executive who spent most of his professional career with American Can Company, departing as Vice President, and later retiring as General Manager from Dryvit. He attended Colgate University and Harvard Business School's Executive MBA program. His faith was his constant companion and at St. Helena's he first served as an usher and lector before becoming a Lay Eucharistic Minister in 2003. He served on the vestry, was a Stephen Minister, worked on the tricentennial celebration and co-chaired St. Helena's Mission for Administration & Planning. Peter was a strong advocate of the Church's small group ministry. He participated in the broader Beaufort community as the elected president of the Dataw Island Owners Association Board and as a volunteer with many local outreach groups from youth associations to roadside cleanups. Peter truly loved his family and shared colorful stories about his loved ones with anyone who would listen. With his family he shared the stories of everyone else he knew; he made a point to learn the name and narrative of each person he met from nurses to airplane seatmates. His ability to connect, to light up someone's day with his charm and entertaining spirit, allowed him to touch many lives. Peter will be remembered for his ready smile, his ever-present optimism and a sense of humor that brought joy to all. He will be dearly missed.