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Charlie Pyne

On Wed, Dec 22, 2021 at 11:51 PM wrote:

Hi Betsy,

He was my roommate for a boarding-school year. I was not an easy partner. If he could survive that year, he should have survived a simple damned heart attack!

I am so sorry for what you have been through and for your loss.

We will all miss him.




Hi Tay,

I don't think I ever answered your kind and funny note from Dec 22nd. I didn't know quite how to answer because I remember all the drama you two went through that year. But I must tell you I got a good laugh from your message in a day I wasn't laughing much. I remember hearing about all the struggle you both went through that year. Weren't you kind to accept the blame! I know first hand Charles probably was good at dishing it out just as well.

I am doing pretty well considering. I'm glad Charles didn't suffer or linger as the event happened so fast.

Thank you very much for your note.



Hi good Friends of Charles, and me too,

I am sorry to write this sad news to you but it is just too hard for me to call each one and speak on the phone.

Charles died last night of a Heart Attack around 9:00. I was here with him and he was uncomfortable. I tried to take his temperature and he cried out before I could take it and soon went unconscious. I called 911, did CPR and the ambulance came. We, Charlie and I, went to the hospital and they told us he could not be revived and that he had passed away.

We both have been sick for a few weeks. He suffered from a bad cough, The constant cough took a toll. Also he was having trouble sleeping because of the cough at night. He was tired and worn down. He did not have covid.

Sorry that's all for now. I appreciate all of you and your lifelong friendship with Charles.



Yearbook Caption: "Tay Vaughan and Charlie Pyne enabling a secret radio for use after lights-out, circa 1962”

Charles F Pyne (born January 29, 1944) of Norfolk, MA died at home after a brief illness on the evening of December 21, 2021.

He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Betsy Pyne; his son, Charles C Pyne, and daughter-in-law, Wendy Pyne of Ashland, MA; his daughter, Sarah (Pyne) Harvey and son-in-law, Zack Harvey of Peace Dale, RI; three grandchildren, William Pyne, Evelyn Pyne, and Kaya Harvey; as well as his two sisters, Carol Schreiber of Laguna Niguel, CA, and Anne Cowley of Victoria, British Columbia.

Charles grew up in Marblehead, MA, graduated from Governor Dummer Academy, then Harvard University, in 1967. Thereafter, Pyne served in the US Navy, including a post at Iceland's Keflavik Air Station during the Vietnam War.

Charles went on to serve as vice president of Autex Corp in the 1970s and later ran his own financial services consulting company in Boston and New York City, through the 1980s.

Later in his retired years, Charles dedicated untold thousands of hours to raising and training service/ seeing-eye dogs for the non-profit Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

Pyne has also, in recent years, been acknowledged as an early pioneer in "Phone Phreaking", (telephone hacking). A recent book, Exploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws who Hacked Ma Bell, by Phil Lapsley, documents these experiences.

Charles received patents for multiple pieces of software related to remote-access technology, including LapLink.

Charles, Betsy and their children summered happily on Block Island, off the coast of RI, from the 1970s onward.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598. For further information, visit

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, December 30 at 11am at the Federated Church, One Union Street, Norfolk, MA. Visiting hours will be from 10am to 11 a.m. Published by Sun Chronicle on Dec. 27, 2021.