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Walter Leon Pryne

May 21, 1928 ~ March 30, 2018 (age 89)
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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, New York to the late Walter H. Pryne and Amelia Mursch Pryne.

He was a Veteran who served in the U.S. Navyaboard the USS Midway from 1946-1951. 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 drivers 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. he was a member of the Proctors Theatre Guild. He was a former member of the Glenville planning board and traffic safety committee for the Town of Glenville, a Republican committee member District 23 in the Town of Glenville and a member of the Glenville Senior Center. Walter was a communicate of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Glenville, NY. He was also a member of the Northeastern New York Golden Retriever Club, and has had golden retrievers for over 30 years. Their love for golden retrievers over the years resulted in owning five golden's. Walter and Rosemary 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.

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

He is survived by his wife, Rosemary; his nieces, Kathy Sanders, Debbie Sanders, Laurie (Derek) Overton and Jackie (Eric) Filimon. Uncle Walt was loved by his several great-nieces, 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, New York.

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

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