PAYEA, William Joseph 


Known as Joe Payea

July 13, 1946- March 13, 2021

Joe passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta at the age of 74. Joe was born in Hazleton, BC to William and Margaret Payea. It is within this beautiful landscape of Hazelton where he grew up with his eight brothers and sisters later moving to Smith, Alberta. Joe graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts and Economics and with a Master’s degree in Accounting. He later moved to Edmonton, Alberta, where he met his wife Christine Payea. It is also in Edmonton where he met Joe and Iola Bots who became family to him. Working alongside them with many endeavours, it is at United Cycle Properties where Joe eventually retired. In retirement, Joe found immense joy from being a part of his grandbabies Emily and Andrew’s day-to-day lives. They were “the apple of his eye”. Joe loved to garden and was working towards becoming a Chef. Joe will be remembered for his strength, determination, loyalty, and integrity. He will forever be remembered by his wife Christine, and his children Jamie Houssian, Amber Houssian and David Holowka, and Earl Payea. He loved his grandchildren Emily and Andrew, William, Alex, Mitchell, and Lillian. He will also be remembered by his eight brothers and sisters Marie, (Bruce), Linda, Peggy, Myron, Jean, Ken, and Jim; along with many nieces and nephews and extended family, friends, and colleagues. 

Once it is safe to come together again, we will have a gathering to celebrate his life. 

Rest easy Dad. We have always loved you, and always will. 

Donations of memory can be offered to the Grey Nuns Vascular Unit who offered standup and compassionate care for Joe at


Serenity Funeral Service – South Edmonton, (780)450-0101

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Gloria Benoit

Condolences to you and your family Chris. Joe will be missed by many. Hold on to the memories you both have made. I will remember his laugh and the memories I have of him, especially as a child growing up.

Love and Hugs
Gloria Payea Benoit

Janet Schnellback/Egan

“Treasurer those memories that you all created together”
There will be laughs, smiles & there will be tears – tears of joy, tears of happiness & sadness. I’ll treasurer the long telephone conversations we had while Bill was in the Glenrose & the one we had just before this Christmas past.
Chris, you take good care of yourself & enjoy your new home you both were so proud of & happy in.
You’re in my thoughts & prayers. Cousin Janet

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