Staff Report for The Island Connection
Former Kiawah Island Mayor James Vincent Piet, 93, passed away Dec. 22, 2020, at Bishop Gadsden.
Piet was elected to the Kiawah Town Council in December 1996 and as mayor two years later. He served two terms, from December 1998 until November 2002. The town flag flew at half-staff until Jan. 4.
Born in Monroe, Michigan, on Oct. 17, 1927, Piet served in the Army at the end of World War II and earned his bachelor’s in chemical engineering at the University of Detroit. He worked for DuPont, mostly in the Textile Fibers Division, in Seaford, Delaware; Kinston, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; and Camden, South Carolina.
When Piet and his wife, Diane, moved to Kiawah Island, he joined the Kiawah Property Owners Group, holding various positions from 1993 until taking over as KPOG president from March 2004 until February 2006.
Faith was always an important part of Piet’s life, and he was a leader in raising funds for Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Johns Island.
Diane passed away in November 2008.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Church of the Nativity Building Fund or the Bishop Gadsden Resident Assistance Fund.
Piet is survived by his son, Steven James Piet; daughter-in-law, Anne Harrill Piet; granddaughter, Valerie Marie Piet and her husband, Peter Blake Lewis; grandson Alexander Thomas Piet; and great-granddaughter Harper Madalyn Piet Lewis.