Our Staff

Our dedicated and supportive staff are here to guide you through this difficult journey. We take pride in doing our absolute best to ensure your needs are met.

At Paul G. Payne Funeral Home, we take great pride in delivering our best efforts to families in need. Here is some more information about us and the people who have helped over the years.

Jason R. Smith
Owner/Funeral Director. Jason grew up in the neighbouring community of Tamworth on a family dairy farm, and has always had a passion for helping families. With nearly 20 years of experience in the funeral services industry, Jason strives for consistency and attention to detail, and holds himself to high standards of professionalism.

Collette Smith
Co-owner along with her husband Jason, Collette grew up in the neighbouring community of Newburgh on a family dairy farm. Collette assists in various capacities within the funeral home, maintains a position within the federal public service (public safety) in Kingston, and is a member of 100 Women Who Care, Lennox & Addington chapter.

Paul G. Payne
Licensed since 1972, and previous owner of the business, Paul has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the funeral services industry. Paul has volunteered on various committees in the Odessa community over the past three decades.

Janet Payne
Former owner along with her husband Paul. Janet is also a retired registered nurse.

Ross Donaldson
In loving memory of Ross Donaldson (November 18, 1942 – December 20, 2016) - Ross was an invaluable asset to the funeral home and the families we serve. He will be greatly missed.

Larry McGlade
Larry McGlade is a long time licensed Funeral Director presently living in Deseronto where he and his wife Gail operated the McGlade Funeral Home for several years. During that period he and Paul worked together and in his retirement was a perfect fit to assist the Payne Funeral Home. We are grateful for his professionalism and expertise in helping families that choose our funeral home to help them through difficult situations. An avid fisherman, boat restorer and Blue Jay fan, enjoying most sporting activities as well as active in his Parish church we appreciate that he finds time to fill in when needed.

Mike Way
Since his retirement from Alcan, Kingston, Michael has been most helpful in assisting the Payne Funeral Home behind the scenes. Having lived in Loyalist Township most of his life he and his wife Gloria have been long time residents of Odessa. Mike has been involved with the Township as a volunteer firefighter for many years and still provides help when needed by the Department. We are grateful for his dedication to the community and his active participation with the Funeral Home.