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.