WATERTOWN — Herbert Wayne Painter, known affectionately by his family and friends as “Herb,” was born on October 6, 1942, in Waterbury. He was the son of Evelyn and Herbert A. Painter.
Herb passed away peacefully on April 19, 2022, after a long illness.
Herb spent his childhood years living in the small town of Plymouth. In his youth, he was an avid swimmer and skier. He attended Terryville public schools. After high school, he joined the Air Force. Due to a medical honorable discharge, he returned home.
He worked for Highland Manufacturing and EFI Industries where he transitioned from a tool maker to a CNC machinist. He also owned and operated a cleaning business, The Dusty Cloth, with his wife, Carole.
Herb met the love of his life, Carole Frances Marinaro, through a dear friend in 1962 and the attraction was imminent. Carole and Herb fell madly in love, married in 1964 and were inseparable. Together, they loved traveling throughout all New England, especially to Cape Cod. They had many memorable trips with their children and jokingly quipped they are the “Griswolds” when things would go comedically wrong during their adventures.
Herb was close with his son Scott and daughter Deana. They shared the infamous “Croaker” trip, and many memories on Grandpa Marinaro’s Watertown farm. He also enjoyed Scott’s numerous pranks, except when he would take his canned mushrooms and ice-cream.
In retirement, Herb loved traveling with his wife Carole, especially to Saratoga, N.Y., where they enjoyed visiting unique coffee shops, dining out on the town, antiquing and sightseeing.
His daily retirement routine included religiously reading the newspaper, watching “Antique Roadshow” and doing word searches.
Herb raised his first grandchild, Andrew. From the moment Andrew was born the two became inextricable. He loved Friday night movies and making his special Saturday morning pancakes. Together, they enjoyed hiking at Black Rock State Park, listening to The Eagles on car rides and watching Yankees baseball games.
Herb always wanted to see Andrew “put his name on a shingle,” and although he won’t be there, Andrew will be graduating law school on May 20, 2022, and will make sure his grandfather gets his wish.
Herb had a special bond with his “little pumpkin seed” and youngest granddaughter, Sophia. They enjoyed playing cards, reading the comics, doing word searches and simple conversations.
Herb was a commanding presence. In his prime he was 6’ 10,’’ had piercing blue eyes and a charming, genuine smile. Despite his stature, Herb was very gentle, patient and easy going. He had a magnetic charisma and was a true gentleman, someone who invariably showed respect, appreciated life and exemplified kindness.
He is survived by a loving family, his wife Carole of 58 years, and two children, his son, Scott, and daughter, Deana; his three grandsons, Andrew, Curtiss and Zachary; his four granddaughters, Daniella and husband, Tony, Nicole, Carolynn and Sophia; four great-grandchildren; step-granddaughter, Brittany; his cousins, nieces, nephews and the countless friends and lives Herb has touched throughout his life.
Herb’s family would like to thank Dr. Stephen Rubinstein, Dr. Paul Kelly and Dr. Mark Schoenfeld and their staff, as well as Yale New Haven Hospital and VITAS at St Mary’s Hospital for their exceptional care.
“To die, to sleep; To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub; For in that sleep of death what dreams may come.” “Hamlet,” Act III, Scene I.
A celebration of Herb’s life will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, at the American Legion, 62 Bunker Hill Rd., Watertown.
For additional information or to leave an online message of condolence, visit www.hickcoxfuneralhome.com.