1. Don lived life to the fullest. He shared his encyclopedic knowledge of jazz with enthusiasm. Don loved Rona, his family and music. It was a joy to listen to him play or hear him speak.

  2. Don was a wonderful human being, and I’ll miss him very much. I first met Rona and Don at the Chicago ClarinetFest (1993?), and looked forward to seeing them every year after that. Rest in Peace, Don.

  3. Mr. Payne!!!!
    I was so sorry to learn of your passing. I see you lived a wonderful life. I will always remember you as a no nonsense guy; walking through the halls of IS 218, hurrying your students to their next class. We both shared our Bajan roots, and you always said ” I expected better from you”. You expected better, so I tried to do better. You had your hands full with us knuckle headed kids from cypress and Pink houses. Thank you for your hard work Mr. Payne….. Gone but never forgotten.

    Sharon Brathwaite class of 83

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