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'Gussie' Payne passes

Published:Tuesday | January 15, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Augusta 'Gussie' Payne

Augusta 'Gussie' Payne, known for her accomplishments in the field of banking, passed away on January 9 at age 84.

Payne was born in Roseau, Dominica in 1928 and was educated at the St Joseph's High School in Grenada.

She spent most of her career at the Barclays Bank of Jamaica Ltd, now known as the National Commercial Bank (NCB), as assistant to the managing director and then deputy managing director at NCB Jamaica.

After retiring, she went on to join the board of directors for multiple organisations such as the NCB Group, NCB Jamaica, Carp Corporation Limited, West Indies Trust Company Limited, The Gleaner Company Limited and the Jamaica Producers Group Limited.

Joseph M. Matalon, a member of the board of directors at The Gleaner, lauded Payne for her tenure at NCB and in the banking sector.

"She spent most of her career at NCB. Gussie was an icon who was larger than life, especially in the banking sector of Jamaica. She was certainly one of the first women to rise to the very senior ranks of management within the financial sector, and was a tremendous nationalist who was a fine human being who was completely committed to her country," he added.

The funeral will take place on Saturday at the Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church in St Andrew. It will begin at 10 a.m.