PAYNE—Derek Payne, 76, of Florence, passed away April 10, 2013, after a long battle with lung cancer.
Derek was a “champion” because the doctor thought he would only live for six to eight weeks after diagnosis, but he lived two years longer than expected.
Derek was born at Waltham Abbey, Essex, England, to Edith and Robert Payne. At age 2, he moved with his parents just two miles away to Waltham Cross, Heartford Shire, on the border of London. They lived there throughout World War II.
Then he moved to a small country town called Haslemere, in the country of Surrey, 45 miles southwest of London.
From 1955 to 1960, he served in the Royal Air Force in the photographic division.
Derek was married and had a son named Stephen. Later, Derek was remarried to LeAnne and helped raise her four children. In 2001, the couple retired to Florence after living in Australia for nine years, as well as San Francisco, Calif., for several years.
While in Florence, he enrolled in a watercolor class and enjoyed his new adventure. Branching off into some of his very own techniques, he created detailed paintings that resembled photographs. Soon, he was entering local contests and winning ribbons and selling many paintings. He found his form of art to be very satisfying and relaxing.
“Thank you, Derek, for making us our very first cup of proper English tea so that the spoon stands straight up in the middle.” We will miss your clever wit, wonderful sense of humor, and first-hand detailed history lessons. You’re a fantastic and prolific watercolor atist, and we’re sure you’ll be using that gift to create masterpieces in heaven with colors not yet seen down here.
Your examples of kindness, generosity, gentleness, quiet determination and faith will always be an inspiration and a treasured memory.
In fond memory of Derek, donations to the Florence Area Humane Society are greatly appreciated.
Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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