Tourism ministry saddened by death of local hotelier Frank Payet
The Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St Ange has said that the country has lost a great local hotelier as he wrote to the Payet family on the passing of Frank Robert Payet.
It was Mr Payet’s wife Elodia who started a small guest house known as Rose Cottage at Pointe au Sel on Mahé which she ran together with her husband Frank for 10 years before deciding to move to Praslin and started Le Duc de Praslin at Côte D'Or. Today this dream by Mr and Mrs Payet is reputed to rank among the best tourism establishment in Seychelles.
“Frank was known to be a hardworking man, who was meticulous in whatever he did.
He kept every piece of paper and wrote down everything you can think of,” Minister St Ange noted.
Mr Payet was born on June 7, 1931 and is the son of Mark Payet and Edna Payet née Obrien. He was born on Mahé and grew up at Pointe au Sel. He went to school at Seychelles College but left for Kenya at the early age of 17.
“He always said he did this because he wanted to go and save some money to come back and work in Seychelles. He worked in the police force, hence his discipline and principle as a gentleman. He met his wife Elodia in Seychelles and they went back to Kenya in 1966 to get married,” Mr St Ange said.
They came back to Seychelles in 1969 and Mr Payet worked for PWD (Public Works Division) at that time for a couple of years. He then started his small farming business where he supplied good quality chicken and eggs on the island as well as other livestock.
“Frank was a kind person always willing to help others and played an active part in the Small Hotels and Guesthouse Association,” noted Minister St Ange.
Mr Payet leaves behind his wife Elodia, son Robert and daughter-in-law Lisa and grandchildren Russell and Reece.
Source: NATION 4-9-15