Pedro “Pepe” Payne was born on May 10, 1937 to Alfred Payne (from Jamaica) and Emily Todd (from Saint Kitts and Nevis) in Santo Domingo (Ciudad Trujillo), Dominican Republic. He was one of the youngest of nine brothers and sisters. Between his late teens to early twenties, Pedro emigrated to New York City to help financially support and eventually assist in bringing his parents and other family members from Dominican Republic to the United States. His work included: carpenter, rum distributor, truck driver, clothing store owner, Disney employee and he brought the first electric car wash to the Dominican Republic. He was an avid kite maker, boxing fan, a baseball lover and Yankees fan, a skilled dancer, cook, car enthusiast, and expert fisherman. The many places he called home include: Santo Domingo, Washington Heights (NYC), Brooklyn (NYC), Orlando, and Apopka. He passed away on May 14, 2019 from complications of congestive heart failure and chronic kidney disease at Advent Health’s Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs, FL. He leaves behind his four children: Pedro “Ricky” Payne, Alvin Payne (his eldest children from his first wife Violeta Payne), Juan Alfredo Payne, and Ambar Cristal Payne; his wife of 37 years, Griselda Payne; two siblings, his brother Armando Payne-Todd and sister Gladys May Payne; and his six grandchildren: Angelica Mark, Lauryn Steward, Ashton Pedro Payne, Josiah Payne, Genesis Payne, and Juan Payne. His funeral will take place on May 26, 2019, between 12 pm and 4 pm at A Community Funeral Home in Orlando, FL.
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