Joseph Alexander Payea, Sr., 83, passed away at Birchwood Nursing Home in Burlington on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. He was born in Burlington on March 19, 1936, son of the late Frank and Loretta (Hammond) Payea.
Joe attended Cathedral School where he met his sweetheart Theresa (Myers) Payea. Joe and Theresa have celebrated 66 years of marriage. Joe was also one of 16 children.
Joe started his own business Payea’s Drywall. After his children were born, he chose to begin a career in car sales. Joe worked several years at Nordic Ford, as well as Cobb Chevrolet/Oldsmobile, and retired from Fitzpatrick Lake Buick in 1999.
Joe’s second love in life was golfing. He finally achieved his Hole-in-One in August of 2001.
Joseph is survived by his wife Theresa; seven sons including Steve (Joanne) Payea of Florida, Joe Jr. (Laurie) Payea of Pennsylvania, Greg (Karen) Payea of Vermont, Jim (Wendy) Payea of Vermont, John (Denise) Payea of Florida, Brian (Jenna) Payea of Maine, Bruce (Tracy) Payea of Vermont; and his daughter Jeannie St. Peter of Vermont. Joe also leaves behind 27 grandchildren, as well as 31 great grandchildren. Joseph was also predeceased by his daughter, Brenda Lee Provost.
Visiting hours will be held on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 from 5–8 p.m. at A.W. Rich Funeral Home, Essex Chapel. A graveside wake service will be offered by Reverend Charles Ranges, S.S.E. in the family lot in Holy Cross Cemetery, Colchester, on Tuesday Sept. 17 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society of Chittenden County, 145 Kindness Court, S Burlington, VT 05403.
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