Co-founder of The Great Raleigh Trolley dies of heart attack

March 4, 2019
Robert Andrew Payne

The chairman and co-founder of The Great Raleigh Trolley, a Triangle-area business that runs custom trolley tours throughout the area, suffered a heart attack last week and died, according to a statement from the company.

Robert Andrew Payne, 40, suffered the heart attack on Feb. 27, while home helping his mother recuperate from recent surgery.

“Payne was a pillar of the Wake and Guilford county communities, and was known for his philanthropy,” the statement said.

Payne was recently honored by Governor Cooper at a service in the North Carolina Executive Mansion for his contributions to North Carolina as founder of the Carolina Cavalry.

He served as a member of the NC Board of Governors, was an actor and director at the North Carolina State School of Theatre and was a popular radio personality.

Friends and family will be gathering to celebrate Payne’s life at a service in Market Hall in Downtown Raleigh at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 10.