Paul A.'s Story

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Paul Arthur Payne passed peacefully in his sleep on June 11, 2017, at the age of 59. Paul was born on April 3, 1958, to parents Pauline (Smith) (Wlodyka) Payne and Arthur Tinsley Payne, Jr., of Scottish and English descent, in Lawrence, Mass., and was raised as a boy in Pleasant Valley, Methuen, Mass. He was a fun-loving, brave, inquisitive boy with beautiful strawberry blonde hair and bright blue eyes, who loved adventure, toy soldiers, his family dogs, walks along the Merrimack River, the tree swing along the bank of the river, dirt bikes, cars, shooting, hunting, fishing, and reading, among other interests. He tragically lost both his parents as a child: his father at the age of 9 and his mother at the age of 13, after which his second oldest brother, Craig K. Wlodyka, left University to assume legal guardianship of Paul and his two siblings, along with the help of Craig's future wife, Gaile (DiSimone) Wlodyka. He was also "adopted" by his 8th grade social studies teacher, Vivienne Mazzoni (who passed in 2014) and her husband, David Mazzoni, of Methuen, Mass., who became family to him. Paul attended Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H. His love for education and gardening grew at PA, and there he met his future wife, Brenda Lee (Smillie) (Payne) Grant. They fell madly in love and eloped to Florida for an adventure in the Sunshine State and were married on Siesta Key Beach at sunset, at the ages of 17 and 19. Paul and Brenda had two daughters, Natasha Lee and Tiffany Violet, who he loved with his whole heart and soul, and who gave him immense pride and joy. Paul was a very hard worker, sometimes working three jobs at a time to support his family. He was quickly promoted at a young age from Laborer to Welder to Plant Supervisor. He worked in Plant Management for many years at Chemineer Kenicks in North Andover, Mass., Eastern Technologies in North Andover, Mass., Dexter/Loctite-Henkel, in Seabrook, N.H., and then transitioning to a Lab Technician in Quality Control in his later years at Foss Manufacturing in Hampton, N.H., and Nestle/Joseph's Gourmet Pasta, in Haverhill, Mass. He attended business school at Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire where he earned an Associate's Degree in Business Management. He was also proud to have studied at MIT in Boston, Mass., for professional development. Paul was also an accomplished financier. Paul was an exceedingly social and caring man; he was a friend to all, no matter what ethnicity or creed, and whether he had just met someone, or had been a lifelong friend, such as his best friend, Carlos Torres, of Leominster, Mass., along with Carlos' family. Paul spoke Spanish, as well as English. Paul had a love for the wild side of life whether it was driving his Mustang, Corvette, his motorcycle, or piloting small aircraft. He truly loved aviation. He also lived for spending time at home relaxing, gardening, and caring for his family deep in the forest of Sandown, N.H. He was well-known for his class and style, from his clothing and jewelry, to his taste in art, to his Lincoln Town Cars. Paul loved to travel, visiting California, Italy, Mexico, Aruba, London, Scotland, and most recently, living for a time on the Big Island of Hawai'i as well as on Mau'i. He was also an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, and horseback riding. He truly enjoyed bringing his daughters on exciting adventures, whether it was jet skiing the ocean, parasailing, whale watching, visiting Canobie Lake Park, or horse racing at Rockingham Park, and took pride in watching many Red Sox games in Fenway Park with them. He had a fantastic sense of humor, always cracking jokes or playing funny pranks with gleams in his eyes. His humor carried his family through the ups and downs of life and through his health problems which increased through the years, beginning with a heart attack and triple bypass surgery at age 41.
His sense of humor was only surpassed by his generous, open heart. Paul was truly a giver. He lived his last few years in Leominster, Mass., and Haverhill, Mass. He was also a practiced story-teller of the Gaelic tradition keeping the past alive and vibrant for all who knew him at gatherings with family, and oft with friends, while enjoying cocktails or a pint of ale. In Paul's later years, his precious grandchildren, Kaylee Jane and Sheamus Polani Rafferty, as well as Vienna Denise Flores, gave him great joy and pride. He was always so happy watching them play, learn, and grow as well as by spoiling them with candy and gifts. Vienna was born two days before Paul's passing. He was overjoyed to learn of her birth and of her beautiful name that was chosen - Vienna.
He is survived by his loving daughters, Natasha Lee (Payne) Rafferty and Tiffany Violet (Payne) Flores; his sons-in-laws, Kevin B. Rafferty of Hampton, N.H., and Renzo Flores Vasquez of Concord, N.H.; his three grandchildren, Kaylee Jane Rafferty, Sheamus Polani Rafferty, and Vienna Denise Flores; his brother and sister-in-law, Craig and Gaile Wlodyka of Hampton, N.H.; sisters, Linda Payne of Florida, Dorothy Lewis of Derry, N.H., and Bonnie-Beth Krikorian and brother-in-law, Arthur Krikorian of Methuen, Mass.; as well as many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was predeceased by brothers, Gary Wlodyka and David M. Payne. He will be greatly missed.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held Sunday, July 23, 2017, at 12:30 p.m. at the Hampton United Methodist Church, Hampton, N.H. All are welcome to attend. A Mass Remembrance will be offered for the repose of his soul on September 13, 2017, at 9 a.m. at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church in Hampton, N.H. All are welcome to attend. Funeral arrangements handled by the Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main Street, Haverhill MA. Condolences may be sent to their website at www.comeaufuneral.com or at Comeau Funeral Home on Facebook. Donations may be made in Paul's memory to Seacoast Family Promise, 27 Hampton Road, Exeter, NH 03833.
Published on July 13, 2017
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