Terry W. Painter, 71, of Richmond, VA, peacefully transitioned to Heaven on Friday, August 13, 2021. He was born December 17, 1949, to Ancel and Marian Painter in Braddock, PA. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Henry Painter; and brother-in-law, Thomas Smetanick.
Terry is survived by his best friend and wife of 49 years, Joyce Painter; his children, Lori Pica and husband Taj of Richmond, VA, Carey Beth McMahan and husband Matthew of Raleigh, NC, and Michael Painter and significant other Elisa Vilorio of Miami, FL; a brother, Jeffrey Painter of Derry, PA; and grandchildren, Carly, Ryan, Delaney and Anna.
Terry was a self-professed academic, beginning his lifelong commitment to learning at the University of Pittsburgh (Hail to Pitt!), where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. This led to a forty-three-year career as a pharmaceutical Medical Science Liaison where he developed clinical studies to treat CNS related diseases. During his career, Terry earned numerous awards, the most prestigious being the W.E. UpJohn Award, the highest recognition given to an employee.
Terry had many interests, including hiking, skiing, working in the yard, and making annual trips to the Outer Banks. Above all, he valued spending time with family, especially his four grandchildren. He was an amazing friend to everyone he met. Terry was compassionate and genuine in his interest in others and enjoyed listening to their life stories. He was a faithful member of River Road United Methodist Church and served as Stewardship Chairman and church Treasurer. He loved his church family, Contemporary Christian Sunday School class, his prayer group, and the Holy Spirit. Terry was a loving husband and confessed he had a crush on Joyce since the seventh grade that continued throughout his life. He was also a dedicated father, who always put family first. His children’s hobbies became his, and he adored his grandchildren and made every effort to be as involved with them as he was with his own children. Without a doubt, family meant everything to Terry.
A service of remembrance will be held on Friday, August 27 at 11:00 AM at River Road United Methodist Church located at 8800 River Road, Henrico, VA 23229. A visitation will follow the service in the church Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Terry Painter to the Duke Cancer Institute Center for Prostate and Urologic Cancer atwww.gifts.duke.edu/dci or to River Road United Methodist Church missions at https://riverroadumc.org/our-missions/.