Renée Paley-Bain, 71, of Danbury, CT, died at Danbury Hospital on Jan. 8, 2016, following a three-week battle with the rare blood cancer Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia.
A talented writer, she collaborated with her husband Donald Bain on dozens of novels in the “Murder, She Wrote” series of books based upon the iconic TV series. Prior to applying her literary talent to fiction, Renée was a public relations executive with the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP).
A member of Mystery Writers of America, the Authors Guild, the Romance Writers of America, and the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, she was a frequent presenter at myriad writing conferences including Killer Nashville, Malice Domestic, Deadly Ink, Left Coast Crime, Love is Murder, and other gatherings devoted to the murder mystery publishing genre.
The daughter of William and Eleanor Eisnitz, Renée attended Antioch College for a year before transferring to New York University where she obtained her teaching degree. She taught English before her first marriage but left teaching to become a full-time mother to her two children, William and Marisa. After rejoining the workforce she became editor of the Roslyn News and went on to edit the parent company’s flagship newspaper, the Glen Cove Record Pilot.
She and her husband Donald Bain met in 1983 and enjoyed being a loving couple for ten years before marrying in 1993. After leaving Roslyn, NY, they lived in a converted farm house in Purdys, NY, for 13 years until moving to Danbury where they’ve lived and worked together for the past 10 years.
Renée was an intensely loving wife, parent and grandparent. Her daily phone conversations with Marisa and Billy brightened her day, and her pride in grandchildren Abigail, Sylvan, Eleanor and Gray was written all over her. She took great pride in her stepdaughter, Pamela, and Don’s grandchildren Zachary, Alex, Jacob and Lucas. In her 71 years Renée Paley-Bain touched and inspired a legion of people, whose lives were richer for having known her. She was a supporter and believer in such organizations as Compassion & Choices, the United States Humane Society, and the ASPCA. An inveterate animal lover, and a dedicated bird watcher, she left instructions to be cremated, her ashes to be strewn over a bird sanctuary, and wanted a party to be held sometime in the future to celebrate her life. There will be no formal funeral.
As journalist Stewart Alsop wrote when he was dying, “A dying man needs to die as a sleepy man needs to sleep, and there comes a time when it is wrong, as well as useless, to resist.”
Renée could no longer resist and is now at peace, knowing that her days on this earth made it a better place for all.
Thank you Renée! We love you!