Charles Arthur Bayne, 89, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on May 2, 2022, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Ella Carter Bayne, his daughter and son-in-law Carole and David Levy, daughter and son-in-law Katherine Bayne Ruxton and Alan Shearer, and his four grandchildren, Jacob and Sarah Levy, and Jonathan and Colin Ruxton. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Katherine Bayne, and sisters Anne Bayne Jones and Sister Marie Angela, SSND (Katherine Bayne).
A man of great faith, Charles was a third-degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a long-time parishioner of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church of Rockville, Maryland.
Charles was born on February 2, 1933, in Baltimore, and was the youngest of the three children. Upon graduation from high school, he entered the seminary and was a Jesuit scholastic for over 10 years, earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Classics from Fordham University.
He met Ella Virginia Carter while taking a summer course at Georgetown University. They married in June 1961, settling first in Silver Spring, then Rockville, Maryland, to raise their family and work for Montgomery County Public Schools. Charles was a popular teacher at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington, where he taught English and Latin. His students often stayed in contact with him over the years after graduating. He became a Media Specialist at Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville until his retirement.
Together with Ella, Charles enjoyed spending his time gardening and landscaping around their home to create a beautiful space, lush with a variety of gorgeous flowers, trees, shrubs, and koi ponds. Their yard was his pride and joy and provided the backdrop for years of happy moments with Ella and their family and grandchildren. He also had a passion for growing orchids, and volunteered at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton. He had a wide range of interests that he shared with his family, including books, movies, and music that they will always cherish. He had a great talent for woodworking and created many pieces of furniture that his family treasures.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 10, 2022, from 11:00 to 11:30 am, immediately followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 am, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 4101 Norbeck Road, Rockville, Md. 20853. Interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 13801 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Md. 20906.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Charles’s memory to The Nature Conservancy (website Nature.org). http://Nature.org