CLINTONVILLE - Claude B. Pine, 64, of the Parrish Road, Clintonville, died Friday, August 23, 2013, at his home. He was born in Augusta, Maine, July 23, 1949, the son of Claude Pine and Beverly (Morin) Anti.
Claude was raised by his mother in Springfield, Mass. He was an extremely bright child, and excelled beyond all of his teachers when IQ testing was done during his middle school years. At the age of 12 he built an electric chair, powered by car batteries and tested it out on his brother. His brother survived but didn't volunteer for any more experiments. He graduated in 1967 from Springfield Trade High School.
While attending college, Claude was drafted and served honorably in the United States Air Force. He was stationed at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Following his honorable discharge from the Air Force, Claude returned to western Massachusetts where he began his life long career in television. During his seven year employment at Clarke School for the Deaf in Northampton, Mass,. Claude helped to develop the Line 21 Closed Captioning System. He then went on to work as a Master Control Operator at WGBY in Springfield, Mass., a Broadcast Engineer at WCFE in Plattsburgh, N.Y., and finally as a Chief Engineer at WYPX Ion TV in Amsterdam, N.Y. He retired in 2012.
Claude was a talented musician who taught himself to play guitar at the age of 4. Claude could pick up almost any instrument and play it within minutes. He was proficient in piano, drums, accordion, and bugle. He was a life-long fan of the Beatles and could play almost any of their songs by heart. Claude also studied martial arts and held a black belt in Jeet Kune Do. He was an avid learner and spent his spare time reading books on physics and Nikola Tesla. He passed his love of music to his daughters, and eventually his grandchildren, whom all continue to play instruments.
Claude is survived by his mother and step-father, Beverly and Richard Anti of Medina, N.Y.; daughters, Toni Pelno of Plattsburgh, N.Y., and Kezia and Albert Giddings of Plattsburgh, N.Y.; grandchildren, Joshua and Lauren Pelno, Todd Barree, Maliana, and Mila Giddings. He is also survived by his sister, Kirsten and Richard Glass of Medina, N.Y.; his brother, Richard Fitzgerald of Westfield, Mass.; and his sister-in-law, Michele Pine of Westfield, Mass.
Claude spent the last 22 years of his life with his life partner, Jane Charvat. They lived together quietly in a little house in the woods. Claude is survived by Jane and her two sons, Bryan Church, and Ben and Debbie Charvat. Also Jane's grandchildren, Catherine and Samantha Church, and Aaron and Ray Gallegos.
Awaiting his arrival in Heaven are his two brothers, John Pine, who is turning on the amps, and David Pine who is setting up his drum kit. The Pine Brothers are together again and rockin' the angels.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice of the North Country, in Claude's name.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date.
"Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears." John Lennon
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru. To light an online candle and offer condolences in the memory of Claude Pine please visit www.hamiltonfuneralhome.com