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Walter Leon Pryne

April 20, 2018
Lake Placid News

GLENVILLE - Walter Leon Pryne, 89, passed away on Friday March 30, 2018, surrounded by his loved ones at Baptist Retirement Center.

Born on May 21, 1928, in Utica to the late Walter H. Pryne and Amelia Mursch Pryne, he was a veteran who served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Midway from 1946 to 1951. After his service, he graduated from Oswego State and Cornell University. He became a department chairman and teacher at Scotia High School while also teaching driver's ed. He retired in 1988 from the Industrial Arts Department after 34 years of service and continued teaching driver ed for summer school for six years after retiring. Walter also worked part time at the Manheim auto auction in Clifton Park. He was a lifetime member of the Clifton Park Elks #2466, a lifetime member of the Scotia Glenville Lions Club, a member of the Proctors Theatre Guild, a former member of the Glenville planning board and traffic safety committee for the town of Glenville, a Republican committee member from District 23 in the town of Glenville and a member of the Glenville Senior Center.

He was also a member of the Northeastern New York Golden Retriever Club, and has had golden retrievers for over 30 years. Walter and Rosemary's love for golden retrievers over the years resulted in owning five goldens. They are founding members since 2001 of the Garnet Blades Union Hockey Booster Club. They also enjoyed their season tickets to the Tri-City Valleycats baseball games.

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Walt was married Dec. 26, 1959, to the love of his life, Rosemary Caputo Pryne, at St. Joseph's Church in Scotia. Walter and Rosemary enjoyed their second home on Lake Kiwassa in Saranac Lake for 42 years.

He is survived by his wife Rosemary and his nieces Kathy Sanders, Debbie Sanders, Laurie (Derek) Overton and Jackie (Eric) Filimon. Uncle Walt was loved by his several grandnieces, grand nephews and cousins: Steven, David, Ashley, Corey and Andrew; cousin Charlene Pryne-Dunbar and her children Ashley and Tiffany, originally from Saranac Lake, now in Lake Anna, Virginia.

A special thank-you to Mary Ann Negus, Jill Moffett and Herb Crandall for many hours of help during this time, and my nieces who were there at all times to help.

Services were held privately at the convenience of the family. He has been laid to rest at Park Cemetery, Scotia.

Memorial contributions in memory of Walter can be made to the Union College Hockey Garnet Blades Booster Club, 807 Union St., Schenectady, NY 12308; or to the Scotia Glenville Lions Club, P.O. Box 2001, Scotia, NY 12302.



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