Date of Birth January 13, 1960
Date Deceased April 18, 2022
Hometown Campbell
Home State N.Y.
Service Location Bishop & DeSanto Funeral Home, Avoca
Interment Location Valley View Cemetery, Avoca, N.Y.

John N. Payne

CAMPBELL/AVOCA – John N. Payne (Judd) passed away quietly, surrounded by his loving wife and children, on Monday (April 18, 2022), after waging a fierce battle with Plasma Cell Leukemia.

In his short 62 years here, John made an impression on nearly everyone he ever met. He was the type of man who would go out of his way to help a perfect stranger, he never had a bad word to say about anyone, and he always had a story to tell. His wit, humor, and kindness were famous, as was his passion for all things automotive. Not many people in the world love Chevy trucks or Buicks as much, or know as much about them, as John Payne.

A hard worker since his youth, John was employed at Philips Lighting in Bath for 25 years. It was there, in 1984, that John met the woman of his dreams. It was her car that he spotted first, a 1964 Chevy Nova. When he finally met the woman who owned it, he knew he’d found a keeper. Thirty-seven years later, Deb was still the light of his life.

Together they built a beautiful life, raising three children and later watching their grandchildren grow. He will be deeply missed by his daughter Jenifer Payne and his grandsons, Xavier & Xander, his daughter Ashley (Halen) Allison and his granddaughters Annabelle, Hazel, and Skylar, and his son Justin Payne. John couldn’t have been prouder of the children they raised, but everyone knows it was the grandkids who stole his heart away.

In 2004 he left Philips to pursue a lifelong dream of owning a salvage yard. He took the big leap with his career change when he purchased Jaynes Used Auto Parts in Reading Center. He spent the next 17 years working ceaselessly to build and grow his business and to provide for his family. When John wasn’t working with cars, he was an avid hunter and family man. He and Deb loved to spend their summers camping and swimming with their kids and grandkids and many friends. Recently they purchased a cottage on Waneta Lake where they enjoyed their “Lake Time” with their friends and family.

In addition to his devoted wife, loving children, and grandchildren, John is survived and will be missed by his mother “Ma”, Ellen Payne nee Frankfather; his brothers, Steve (Deb) Bliss, Ron Bliss, and Dave (Bobbie) Bliss, and his sister Laurie Stevens nee Payne; as well as several nieces and nephews and many other family and friends.

John is predeceased by his father Nelson F. Payne, his paternal grandparents John & Grace Payne nee Haley, and his maternal grandparents Harry Frankfather and Delores Storebeck nee Bendle.

Calling hours will be held at the Bishop & DeSanto (formerly Avoca) Funeral Home, 22 N. Main St., Avoca, on Saturday, (April 23, 2022) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., a private service will be held later, at the family’s convenience. A celebration of John’s life will be held for all family and friends at the Bath VFW, beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday (April 23, 2022).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Inc. (LLS) to further research in the fight against blood cancers, online at!/donation/checkout or by mail, PO Box 22324, New York, NY 10087.

The Bishop & DeSanto (formerly Avoca) Funeral Home is honored to assist John’s family with the arrangements.

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3 Responses

  1. Hey Buddy you left all to early ! As a long time friend with many miles better us we always seem to catch-up and spend a long time on a call usually Tuesday nights when you worked late at the shop telling me about the latest auction and deals on a chev trucks or Buick’s. Your love for your family and friends was impeccable and the love of cars, trucks & Actions was Xtraordinary… you’d say I DONT KNOW MAN, I missed out on a good deal today🤣 A special man,a long life friend I only wish we had another outing together. Prayers for Deb and the rest of your family, LOOKING EAST with a Heart

  2. John will be missed. As a resident of Reading I brought my car to Jayne’s and John was always there to provide good guidance, excellent service and a helping hand. One time, when my lawn tractor got stuck in the mud, I went there to see if anyone could help me. He didn’t hesitate to come over and help me get the tractor out of the mud. Didn’t ask for a dime for his time. That was the type of man he was: kind and willing to lend a hand.

  3. I worked with John Payne as his bookkeeper at Jayne’s Auto for 12 years. He was such a good friend. Willing to help anyone. He was a hard worker and so loved his family. He loved it when I brought in homemade cookies. Oatmeal Raisin were his favorite. He especially loved donuts and all his customers knew it and would treat him to them. One customer would offset the donuts he brought for him with a few bananas for health benefits! I will so miss you John Payne.

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