Dennis Irvine Payne


Dennis Irvine Payne passed away suddenly on June 9, 2012, at the age of 78.  

Born in Brinston on April 9, 1934, to Irvine and Jean (Smail) Payne, Dennis was the middle of three sons.  

Dennis attended high school in Iroquois, where he met and fell in love with Judy Whittle.  They eloped and married on August 31, 1957, and settled just west of the village of Iroquois.  Together they raised two children Scott (in Ottawa) and Jennifer (in North Bay).

Dennis was a well liked and respected electrician at DuPont Canada in Maitland from its startup in 1953, until his retirement in 1994. He was “a Maitland Original”. 

He was quick to offer his help to others outside of his work, doing wiring jobs for friends and helping his father-in-law who operated a poultry and fruit farm next to their homes.

Dennis and Judy were members of the Iroquois Ski Club, and Dennis had a passion for downhill and cross country skiing throughout his life.  He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman with a reverence for nature.  He loved  to curl, golf with his brother, Harold and he taught his children to skate and ski.  He was a frequent and enthusiastic spectator at outdoor sporting events in our area.

Dennis was predeceased by his parents and brothers, and he lost his wife in 1986.  

A private family service was held at the Marsden McLaughlin Funeral Home in Iroquois, on June 15, 2012, with interment at Iroquois Point Cemetery. Rev Janet Evans officiated. 

Pallbearers were Bert Smail, Winston Baker, Ronnie Dickson and Scott Payne.  Honorary pallbearer was Don Tryon.

Donations in Dennis’ memory to the Nature Conservancy of Canada at or to a charity of choice would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.  Online condolences may be made at


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