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Born: Jan 31, 1944

Date of Passing: Jun 12, 2023

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January 31, 1944 – June 12, 2023

Gail Lorraine Payne (nee Fairbrother), beloved wife and life partner of Tom Payne Sr. passed away on Monday, June 12, 2023, at the age of 79 following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Montreal, married on April 14, 1962, in Saskatoon and raising her family in Winnipeg, Mom was a spirited and kind soul to all that knew her.

Beyond leaving her loving and caring husband Tom Sr. to mourn and remember her, she leaves behind her son Tom Jr. (Christine) Payne, her daughters Rhonda Payne (Laurie Langstaff) and Robin Veldkamp (Ross) and grandchildren Sydnie (Reid Graham), Haylie (Cam Borisenko), Aric Veldkamp (Alison), Giancarlo (Anissa), and Dante. She was proud of her children and grandchildren and took much joy in being a great grandma to Evelyn, Nelson, Lively, Ariana and Aimee.

Often, we listened to Mom sing along to her favorite songs - her voice was a treat to listen to. She loved going to the track with Dad and cheering on their horses run, as proud owners of TG Stables for 40 plus years. Mom spent many years wintering in Fountain Hills, Arizona where she opened her home for the many visits from their children and grandchildren. She loved to play games with her friends and family and many fun nights were spent around the table playing Poker where Mom was “all in”. Mom was an avid reader – she had every Danielle Steele book and Dad made sure he got her to Costco to pick up the latest release. Mom took great pride in her appearance with her hair and nails always done and we never saw her without lipstick.

She lived in Country Villas of East St. Paul and loved her daily visits with Suzette and regular visits with Elma. Mom’s battle with cancer was a private and courageous one and calls and visits from her children or grandchildren to check in on her were always greeted with a brave, “I’m doing good, how about you?”

While Mom is no longer with us in person, her spirit surrounds us. When we raise a glass of her favorite wine, we will feel like she’s about to pour herself a glass too. Her memory will live on through the family she deeply cared for and was so passionate about. Cheers to you Mom.

We would like thank Dr. Brown and his staff at CancerCare, Selkirk Hospital and Dr. Graham and his staff at St. Boniface CancerCare for their terrific care and kindness to mom.

In honour of Gail’s wishes, cremation has already taken place and a private family celebration will follow at Glen Eden Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, should family and friends desire, a donation to CancerCare in Gail’s memory are appreciated.

Family and friends may sign a Book of Condolence at

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Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 17, 2023

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Gail has been our neighbour for 16 years. There was always a cheerful hello and wave. She was an enthusiastic Mah Jong player and when we play at the club house, in her memory, we continue to peek at the tile(s) we pass during the blind Charlestons. Thank you Gail for that fun memory! Our sincere condolences to Tom and family. - Posted by: Reg and Donna Wyatt (Neighbours) on: Jul 05, 2023

  • I was saddened to hear of Gail's passing. My deepest condolences to Tom and the family. It was a pleasure to know Gail (as well as Tom) over the many years at the track. To me, they were the perfect couple. Always nice things to say. She will be missed at ASD on race nights to say the least. - Posted by: Larry Liebrecht ('Racetrack' friend) on: Jun 21, 2023

  • Dear Rhonda and Laurie, We were so sad to learn of your mom's passing. Know that you're in our thoughts daily. We're so thankful you were able to turn around and head back home to spend time with your family -- we know there will be many hours of dark and heavy hearts with bright windows of light and laughter cherishing happier times. Make time and space for the light to wrestle in. See you upon your return. Lot'sa love, Darren & Sue - Posted by: Darren & Sue (Friends of Rhonda) on: Jun 21, 2023

  • Please accept my sincere condolences to you and your family. - Posted by: Joanne Lansink (Friend of Rhonda ) on: Jun 19, 2023

  • Tom and family. Sorry to hear of Gail's passing. We hope you can find comfort in the lovely memories of Gail. - Posted by: Wally and Marilyn Neves (Friend) on: Jun 17, 2023

  • I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Gail through the hair salon when Rita first started doing her hair. She was my first ever paying nail client. The day I said I was going Marvel to get licensed for nails she told me "well then you will do my nails once you get all set up. One stop shop" as she put it. Most of my clients know who she is just by her nail color. Same one every 3 week for the last 10 years if not more. When covid hit she became one of my hair clients as well. And I began to see her every single week. Loved hearing about the horses, trips down south and her amazing family. She and Tom had the absolute cutest relationship. I've never met a couple in their 70s and 80s who still call each other babe or babes. When she became sick, it amazed me watching Tom become the most doting husband I've ever seen, bringing her to her appointment and sitting and waiting patiently for her. You don't find a love like that too often. Indy my shop dog was always so excited to see them. Indy would run straight to her and then to Tom as soon as he sat down. The only man that she would go to and not bark like crazy at. She was an absolute gem of a person. A no holds barred attitude and I absolutely loved that about her. I will miss her sass. It's not goodbye. It's I'll see you later. RIP Gail. My favorite Payne in the aas - Posted by: Lara (Friend / hairstylist / nail girl) on: Jun 17, 2023

  • Gail was a great gal, we would have fun visits when she would come to the salon. Always sharing a giggle or two with her and Tom, they shared such a sweet relationship. We sure will miss seeing her. RIP Gail…… - Posted by: Sandra Nore-Colles (Friend) on: Jun 17, 2023

  • A truly remarkable lady, a wonderful friend and a second mum to me for so many years. Such a beautiful woman, both inside and out. She mentored me in so many ways and I am so blessed to have had her in my life. Her caring wisdom, inspiration, resilience will never be forgotten. I am so grateful for everything she did for me and my family. Rest in peace beautiful will always be close to my heart. Barbie - Posted by: Barb Knight (Daughter-in-law) on: Jun 17, 2023

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