John Payson

John Payson



John V. Payson, of Chatham, formerly of Roxbury, Conn.  died of cancer peacefully and in the presence of family on September 5, 2017 just short of his 95th birthday.  John entered the Navy in 1943 serving as an Air Operations Officer on the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt aircraft carrier (CV-42). He was a Communications Officer, Aerial Navigator and multi-lingual Interpreter. He also served in North Africa.  In 1982, John retired from the Naval Reserve as a Lieutenant Commander having taught missile ballistics.

After the Navy, he entered Yale on the GI Bill studying economics and political science.  He started his career in the toy industry beginning with Silly Putty and retired in 1985 from Milton Bradley as Senior Vice President of Marketing. John continued as a Consultant until he and his wife Gigi retired to Chatham in 1997.

John had a deep concern for Chatham’s overdevelopment, especially the impact of increased population on drinking water. He became a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for Wastewater Management, Chatham Alliance for Preservation and Conservation, joined the Board of Directors of Friends of Chatham Waterways and was a Founder of the West Chatham Association. He was a member of the Republican Town Committee, Holy Redeemer Choir and Monomoy Yacht Club. John loved the stock market and had a passion for covered-call option strategies.

Husband of the late Janice (Nicholson), father of Jonathan (Beth), Christopher, Melissa, and Timothy (Cindy).  Husband of Gigi Gerstle and step-father to her children Ted (Lisa), Sean (Vivian) and Claudia.  Grandfather of Sarah, Rebecca, Heather, Sam, Peter, Annie, Katharine, and Jaime Payson and Katie, Justin, Constance, Paul Michael, SJ and Connor Gerstle. Great grandfather of Hayden and Carter Payson.  He is survived by many nieces and nephews.

After cremation, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Patrick’s Church, Roxbury, CT at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 16, 2017, followed by interment at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Roxbury.  Additionally, on Saturday, September 30, 2017, a Memorial Mass will be held at Holy Redeemer Church in Chatham, MA at 10:00 am.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CECH - Chatham Ecumenical Council to Prevent Homelessness, P.O. Box 81, West Chatham, MA 02669 or a charity of your choice.