Mr. George F. Pyne III, 74, of Milford Mass., died Nov. 26, 2015 at his residence after an 11 year battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of Roseleen (Houton) Pyne. A former Boston Patriot football player in the NFL, he, his father and his son Jim, were the first three generation family in the history of the NFL.
Mr. Pyne was born in Milford, Mass., the son of the late George F. Pyne Jr. and the late Florence (Mainini) Pyne. He was a graduate of Milford High School, Class of 1959 and also a graduate of Olivet College in Michigan, where he was a standout football player, named as All Conference and an All American. Mr. Pyne was drafted by and played as a rookie for the Boston Patriots.
Following his career in the NFL, he was a Mass Mutual Life Insurance Company sales executive. In the 1980’s he founded Hillview Equipment & Real Estate Development Company of Milford, Mass.
Mr. Pyne was a lifelong resident of Milford and summered with his family in Falmouth, Mass. He was a longtime communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Milford and St. Anthony’s Church in Falmouth. He was a longtime member of the Milford Lions Club and had served as a member of the Milford School Committee for nine years, as well as a longtime town meeting member. He also was an avid fisherman, hunter and skier and he was a member of the Million Dollar Round Table in the insurance industry.
Mr. Pyne was a member of the Milford High School Sports Hall of Fame; the Olivet College Sports Hall of Fame and had served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Olivet College. He also had the honor of having the Pyne Pavillion at Olivet College named in his honor.
Along with his beloved wife of 51 years, he is survived by his four children: George Pyne and his wife Helene of Rye, N.Y.; Tara, wife of Patrick Kennelly of Milford, Mass.; David Pyne and his wife Kristin of Milford, Mass.; and James Pyne of Tampa, Fla.; his 12 grandchildren: Megan, Abigail, David, Brendan, Austin, Shannon, Kevin, Andrew, Rachel, Sophia, Michael and James; two sisters: Claudina Quinn of Cataumet, Mass., and Florence Ellen Mahoney of Wellesley, Mass.; also many nieces and nephews.
His funeral was held Dec. 1.
Memorial donations may be made to The St. Mary of the Assumption Church Renovation Fund, c/o St. Mary’s Church Offices, 17 Winter St., Milford, Mass. 01757 or to The Olivet College Football Program, 320 South Main St., Olivet, Mich. 49076.