JAMES R. PAYA, SR. - JERICHO - James R. Paya, Sr., 74, a longtime resident of Jericho, died suddenly of an aortic aneurysm in Fletcher Allen Health Care of Burlington on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. James was born in Burlington on May 31, 1938, the son of Edward and Elizabeth (Dorr) Paya. He was married in Winooski on Aug. 2, 1958, to Sandra A. (Wheeler) Paya. Jim was employed for many years with Electrolux in the local area and in upstate New York. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, John Ryan Post # 1767. Jim was a hardworking man. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed boating, camping, hunting and fishing with his son and grandsons (always looking for the big one). He also enjoyed Wednesday night motorcycling with his buddies, proudly riding his son Jimmy's Harley, black and white cowboy movies, and his dogs, Sam and Max. He enjoyed gardening with his white shirt and tie, "the gentleman farmer", but mostly enjoyed spending time with his family. Jim is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sandy Paya; daughters, Sheila Corbett and her husband, Jay, and Karen Maple; grandchildren, Shane Corbett, Kaitlyn Corbett, Scott Maple, Trevor Maple, Elissa Maple, Kyle Paya, Jessica Paya and Joshua Paya; two sisters, Sandra Angolino and husband, Richard, and Penny Russell and husband, Mark; and several nieces and nephews. Jim was predeceased by his parents; his daughter, Cynthia Paya Donovan; son, Jimmy Paya, Jr.; brothers, Edward, Donald, Richard and Reginald; and sister, Susan Paya. The Paya family wish to thank all of Jim's customers and clients for all the joy they brought to him. Visiting hours will be on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the LaVigne Funeral Home, 132 Main St. in Winooski. Funeral services will be at the funeral home on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at 11 a.m. Interment will be at the East Cemetery in Williston at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 16 South Winooski Ave., Burlington, VT 05401.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Dec. 4, 2012