Hugh James Payne
Payne, Hugh James “Jim” - Died on April 9, 2022 in London, Ontario. Beloved husband of the late E. Linda Payne and stepfather of the late Allison Spiller. Dearly missed by his sister Fran Blewett (Patrick), his nieces, Helen Vink and Norah Cuzzocrea, his stepson, Grant Spiller (Lisa) and grandson Benjamin Spiller. Also missed by his dear friends, especially Sheila Alton.
In retirement, Jim enjoyed travelling with Linda in Europe and North America. He and Linda were active in the Society for Learning in Retirement in London.
Born on October 14, 1938, Jim was educated at the University of Windsor and University of Western Ontario, both at which he taught, before moving to the St. Lawrence College and Seneca College from which he retired. For most of his teaching career, Jim taught theatre, business communication and art history. As an avocation, Jim took on acting roles in classical and modern plays. He acted in both academic and “little” theatres in Windsor, Sarnia, Cornwall, Brockville, North York and London, as well as in the Seneca College theatre. Jim developed curriculum for many courses for teachers-in-training at both St. Lawrence and Seneca Colleges, including Business Communications, Children’s Literature, and the post-degree program in Corporate Communications, the latter course which he coordinated for several years.
Cremation has taken place. There will be a graveside interment at St John the Divine cemetery in Arva. Everyone is invited to join us in a celebration of Jim’s life at Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James Street at Richmond, London on Saturday, May 7 at 2 pm. Those wishing to contribute in Jim’s memory are asked to consider the charity of their choice.
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