John Pyne Jr.

Born on 1/4/39

Departed on 4/4/11

Resided in Mineral, VA

John J. Pyne, Jr, 72, died suddenly at his home in Mineral, Va on April 4, 2011 of heart complications. He had a six year battle with kidney disease.

He was a graduate of Albermarle High School and Staunton Military Academy. He enjoyed a lifelong career in the Beef Cattle Industry.

John is survived by his wife of forty years, Evie H. Pyne of Mineral, his daughter Cynthia Santowasso and her husband Anthony of Richmond, and his son John J. Pyne III and his wife Vickie of Fredericksburg. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Aaron and Zachary Santowasso and Samantha Pyne.

He was a son of the late John Pyne Sr and Edith Lee Pyne. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marjorie McCauley Pyne and a brother, Thomas Pyne.

At his request, there will not be a service at this time. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Louisa Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1777, Louisa VA 23093 or to a charity of your choice.

57 thoughts on John Pyne Jr.

  1. Chuck & Linda Alexander on said:

    Mr. Pyne John – you have been a friend and “family” member to our entire family. Thank You for so many wonderful memories and lessons! :
    With Love!

  2. Todd and Kris Mrotek on said:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during your time of loss. Todd, Kris, Sidney and Julia

  3. Albert & Susan Epperly Joe & Will Epperly on said:

    John was a fine man and a wonderful cattleman. We know he will be sadly missed. Our prayers are with you – may God place His hand of comfort on you all.

  4. betsy smith on said:

    I’m very sorry to hear of johns passing my thoughts and prayers are with the family

  5. Andy Weaber on said:

    I am truly sorry for your loss. He will truly be missed. I think often of my time on the island and would not change it for anything. He sometimes came across a little hard, but once you got past his bark he truly had a heart of gold. I often think of my time on the island and quite often ask my self how would Mr. P handle this situation. I know i learned a great deal from him as I am sure a lot of people did. Probably the thing i will always remember about him is when you could get him to laugh, he would sorta chuckle and bite his tongue. When that happened you knew things were alright. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  6. Jerry & Betsy Crenshaw on said:

    John- You will be a missed. A valued friend & Angus Breeder. All the things we have done together… you will not be forgotten.
    Our thoughts and Prayers to Evie and all the Pyne family.

  7. Beecher, Gina and Catie Hope on said:

    The Pyne and Santowasso families are in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Kathy & Bud Blankenship on said:

    Our deepest condolences to the family. J always spoke highly and fondly of his father. It is obvious to anyone who knows J John J III and his family that, in addition to his career successes, Mr. Pyne Jr leaves a wonderful, caring family as his legacy.

  9. Felicia Roberts & the Virginia Angus Board of Directors on said:

    We are all so very sad to hear of this news. Mr Pyne was an outstanding person, friend, Angus enthusiast and mentor to so many people. He will truly be missed by us all. To Mrs. Evie Pyne, the family and the many friends we will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this most difficult time. If there is anything we can do please let us know.
    With love,
    Felicia G. Roberts and Virginia Angus Association Board of Directors.

  10. Lewis E. Gordon on said:

    Our thoughts are with you Evie and Family.
    John you were my Boss , Mentor , confidant and best friend for many years. You shared so much and helped me in countless ways. I won’t forget.
    A few memories to share: Mule rides with John and Missy , Fryeburg Fair , Saturday mornings feeding the cattle , Late night conversations hauling cattle somewhere , Making Hay and most of all , that…. John Pyne Smile.

  11. Bert & Kathy Branch on said:

    Evie & family, We are very sorry to learn of your loss. John was a person of great integrity and a vast knowledge of cattle. His bark was loud, but underneath he was a BIG teddy bear.

  12. Ernest Carter on said:

    Mrs. Pyne and family, Our condolence are with you and your family.
    Your Angus Friend,
    Ernest Carter

  13. Patty Douglas and Family on said:

    Dear Evie, Please KNOW that our prayers are with you and the family in your sorrow. We can relate to his sudden death, having experienced it Jan. 1, l998 at Gar’s passing. We still feel his daily presence and it is comforting.
    John leaves lots of Angus friends!
    Love/Hugs from Patty Douglas and Family

  14. Patty Douglas and Family on said:

    Dear Evie, Please KNOW you and yours are in our prayers. We can identify with your sudden loss.
    Do take care and give each other a big hug from us.
    Love, Patty Douglas and Family

  15. JOHN R. MROTEK on said:

    From John and Berncie Mrotek to
    Evie, Cindy and Jay, let us remember the many great times we had together.

  16. Paul and Edith Grinde on said:

    We’ll miss him greatly.

  17. Joyce Willis on said:

    Jay, Vickie & Sammy,
    So sorry to hear about your loss…I know the days seem dark but you will realize the shining presence your Dad had in your lives and others blessed by knowing him. Our prayers are with all of you.
    Joyce & Bobby Willis

  18. Russ Lilley on said:

    I am very sorry for your loss. You guys are in my thoughts and prayers.

  19. Michael Carr on said:

    Dear Pyne Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss.

    In reading the notice, it’s clear that John was a man who enjoyed and celebrated his life and his family.

    A family celebration of that life seems so appropriate.

    May your memories of him be always and equally joyous.

  20. Robin McCall on said:

    Dear Evie and Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with each of you with the passing of a WONDERFUL man! He is happy now that he is free of pain, and he can farm as long as he wants!!

  21. Nancy and Dale on said:

    Dear Evie and Family, We are holding you in our hearts. It’s hard to imagine that John Pyne, lover of cattle, dogs, and opera, is not still farming somewhere. Much love, Nancy and Dale

  22. david leonard on said:

    great friend.great cattleman.

  23. Doug Smith on said:

    Our prayers are with you. Doug and the fence crew

  24. Darel & Sally Smith on said:

    Darel and I are glad we knew John as a friend. Darel always enjoyed visiting with him. He was not only a good man but very knowledgeable about many things. I always enjoyed listening to him when he would give me a tour of the beef herd. Our prayers are with you, Sally

  25. Mandy Richardson on said:

    The Pyne Family is in my thoughts and prayers John meant alot to my family

  26. peggy & jerry Peele on said:

    Dear Family,

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Please let us konw what we can do for you.


    Peggy & Jerry

  27. Jonathan Gordon on said:

    Evie,Cindy & family, Jay & family, I’m so sorry for your loss, please know that your being remembered in my prayers.


  28. Dale & Connie Conard & Family on said:

    evie and family you are in our througts. we have lost a great friend

  29. Rick Hickenbottom on said:

    My deepest sympathy to Evie and John’s children. John was a man respected in the Angus business. I became accquainted with John and Evie while working for the Virginia Angus Assoc. 1997-1999. My condolences.

  30. Bob Collier on said:

    Dear Evie & family,
    I was so saddened to hear of John’s passing. He was such a southern gentleman. I remember the day that I introduced my wife to him; he took off his hat and held it to his chest, bowed, and said, “pleased to meet you”. That meant so much to me.
    Our conversations have only been positive ones in the decade plus that I have known you both. I am pleased to have had the chance to have worked with you. “Behind every great man is a wife that gets it done”. I know that your heart aches, I’ve been there but time will heal. You are both missed and thought of often.

  31. Donna Woolam on said:

    Evie: Kevin and I will always remember John and the moments that we would all share. Especially Kevin and John discussing their lives as cattle managers. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Donna and Kevin Woolam

  32. Audra Jurgilewicz on said:

    John was a wonderful cowman, hard worker and most of all proud of his family.
    He will truely be missed by the folks in New England!!

  33. Steve Gulick on said:

    Deepest sympathy to you all. Haven’t seen John in a few years, but we go back to when his family farmed in Aldie and went to church together.

  34. Daniel and Marsha Southward on said:

    Cyndi and Family:

    Sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you in friendship and sympathy.

  35. Ann Heizer on said:

    Hi Evie Cindy & Jay:
    You are in my thoughts and prayers..thinking of you

  36. Gail Leitch on said:

    Evie, J and family, Cindy and family;
    I send my condolences and prayers for you during this time. All my memories with the Pynes are close to my heart – always made to feel a part of the family – whether it be a bull auction, John and Evie keeping a house full safe during a bad storm, or a Coast Guard class book when they moved to Maine. May your memories comfort you.

  37. Paul Blincoe on said:

    To the Pyne Family:

    I was greatly saddened to see John’s obituary in the Daily Progress this morning. I was a friend, classmate and teammate at AHS. He was a rock on the football team, tough, tenacious, and a great athlete. He, apparently, carried this over to his career as a cattleman, earning the respect and admiration of his peers. My thoughts are with you during this most difficult time. God bless you.

  38. Dave Mullins on said:

    On behalf of everyone with the American Angus Association, I want to say how sorry we are for your loss and let you know that John will be missed.

  39. Mike, Patti, John Michael Knight on said:

    We were so sorry to hear of Johns death. He has been an inspiration to many in the cattle business. John Michael looked up to him and learned so much from him. You and your family are in our prayers.

  40. John & Linda Halterman on said:

    Our condolences to the Pyne family..Cherish the memories shared over the past years..

  41. Karen Trenholm,Sect. on said:

    The people of Maine express our sincere sympathy for the loss of John.He was a fierce and entertaining competitor,but most of all an inspiring leader. The members of the Maine Angus Association are very saddened by his passing. Our condolences to his family.

  42. Carl & Ginny Craig on said:

    Our prayers are with you! John was
    one of my BEST Angus friends. We go back over 45 years – back when we both were young. I thought an awful lot of him. Carl

  43. Dr. Robert Feher on said:

    From our first meeting John and I shared a mutual respect that happens rarely. To me he was very special. I will always remember him.

  44. Scott Hamor on said:

    To Evie and Family, So sorry to hear of John’s passing. I’ve missed you both since you’ve been gone from Maine. John was one of the hardest working men I ever knew. I’m forever grateful that he taught me so much about breaking cattle. He made me realize that I could do things I never thought I could. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

  45. Richard Rockefeller on said:

    Dear Evie and John’s family,

    My family and I greatly appreciated the care, diligence, and respect John gave to his work. But for all his gruffness, we will remember John best for the quality of his love – for the land, the animals he tended, and for his friends and family. Thanks, John, and good-bye

  46. Linda and David Holt on said:

    We’re so sorry Jay……you’re in our thoughts.

  47. Tony , Diane, Nick & Dakota Pullaro on said:

    Please know that the family is in our prayers and the comfort you need will come in remembering all the good that he brought to others lives and the laughs that you can share with all those who loved him.

  48. forbes rafuse on said:

    Hi Evie, although it was good to hear your voice on the phone yesterday, I wished it was under happier circumsatances. As I sit in front of my computer I don,t know if I can find the right words to express my feelings to you about how I am feeling. I looked up to John like he was my father and I am sure you would agree how I am feeling and he filled my life with joy and his wisdom and all the pep talks he would give me when I was having problems in my job or even when I was having marital problems and I feel he was trying because we had a wonderful freindship and bonding for many years. We will celebrate John together when I see, love forbes.

  49. Jean H Wise By H.Wise on said:

    I know she want too be there for you,Mom loved you and cared for John

  50. Sharon Payne-Wyant on said:

    Evie and family,
    My thoughts and prayers go out to you. I have so many fond memories of you and John helping and mentoring my brother and myself when we started showing.

  51. Bill & Valerie Tillett on said:

    Dear Evie,

    We were deeply saddened to hear of John’s passing. He was a true friend who Bill could call to ask any question about cattle & John would generously share his vast knowledge & experience. We will always remember our wonderful stays on the island & your special hospitality. Keeping you in our prayers.

  52. Clayton and Denise Strout on said:

    Dear Evie and Family, We are so saddened by the news of John’s passing. He could be as stubborn as the bulls he raised, but he was also a great man who couldn’t be kinder, had a great sense of humor, a good friend, a hard worker, and also a true southern gentleman. Many, many memories and stories that will last forever. So sorry we didn’t make it to VA to visit before he passed. Thinking of you Evie, sending a big Maine hug to you! Love Clayton and Denise

  53. Angela and Terry Geddes on said:

    It is with great sorrow that I sit and write this note. We are so sorry to hear of the passing of John as both Terry and I were looking forward to taking the girls on a trip to visit John and Evie in Virginia. We now look back at the days on Barlett Island, the Fryeburg Fair and the Big E and Terry and John’s trips to Indiana with such fond memories. The days were long but we shared many laughs while working with the cattle in preparation for a show or sale particularly the “Big John” and “Little John” hot dogs that Evie would cook for all of us.

    John was like a father to us both. He may have had a big burly voice that could sometimes be a bit intimidating but his big bear hug was a true sign of the big heart he had for those who had earned his love and respect. John will remain in our hearts and our memories forever.

    We will be in touch Evie.

  54. robert and brenda brown on said:

    we are so sorry to hear about john.

  55. Paul & Lynn Hill on said:

    Dear Evie and Family, we mourn with you at the passing of a great friend. John and his wonderful smile will be missed at Angus functions across the country. Our prayers are with you. Fondly, Paul & Lynn

  56. Alan Graves on said:

    Dear Evie,
    We at Graves Plumbing & Htg in Northeast Harbor ME are all very sorry to hear about John’s passing. We always enjoyed working for him on the island.
    Our thoughts are with you.

    Alan Graves
    Graves Plumbing & Htg
    Northeast Harbor, ME

  57. William & Karen Armstrong on said:

    Dear Evie and family,
    We were so sorry to hear of John’s passing. Take time to reflect on your life with John and to be grateful for the years you had together and he will be with you always.
    “Our thoughts and prayers are with you”

    Bill,Karen,Trevor & Hunter Bailey H.B. Armstrong

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