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Obituary for Joseph Alexander Payea Sr.

Williston - Joseph Alexander Payea, Sr., 83, passed away at Birchwood Nursing Home in Burlington on Wednesday, September 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 meant 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. He 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, 2001.

Joseph is survived by: his wife Theresa, seven sons 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. his daughter Jeannie St Peter of Vermont. He 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, September 16, 2019 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at A W Rich Funeral Home – Essex Chapel. A graveside wake service will be offered by Reverend Charles Ranges, S.S.E. at 11:00 a.m. in the family lot in Holy Cross Cemetery, Colchester on Tuesday September 17, 2019. In lieu of flowers Donations may be made to the Human Society of Chittenden County, 145 Kindness Court, S Burlington, VT 05403. The family also invites you to share your memories by visiting