MR F. H. PYXE.
Mr F. H. Pyne, tho well-known member of tho firm of Pyne and Co., died at his residence yesterday. Ho had been operated on on Sunday. Mr l'vnc was the son of the Rev. Alfred Pyne. vicar of l?oydon, Essex. Ho was educated at Eton, and came to New Zealand in iß'/8. He was for some years manager of tbc shipping and railway branches of the business of Messrs Heywood and Co., in Christehurch, having an olfict.- next tlie Ciiristchurch railway station. With Mr A. Boyle, he started tho firm of l'yno and Co. in 1888. |
For 1 lany years after tho establishment o: ttie firm's business Mr l'yno took an active part in conducting stock and lan 1 *ales. Ho was recognised not only as a very able salesman, but as a remarkably fair one. An indication of the |high respect in which ho was held may be shown by the fact that whenever a dispute arose during the sale of a lot he was offering, auy explanation ho made was at once accepted without question. If it was shown that the mistijke was on his part, ho would apologise, but no one thought of disputing his ruling. As a wool salesman Mr Pyne was equally successful as when disposing of stock. Ho was for a number of years chairman of tho Christchurch Wool Brokers' Association, and also chairman of the Addington Yards Cattle Fund. As an employer, no better tribute could be paid to Mr Pyno than the record of service of tho employees of the firm, and their loyalty to the firm's interests. Mr Pyne was keenly interested in all matters agricultural and pastoral. At the time oi his death he
. was a director of the New Zealand Shipping Company, Mason, Struthers, - and Co.. and Ward and Co., besides being interested in other commercial ■ enterprises. Since the outbreak of the war Mr had been a hard worker ' for the Belgium Fund, and it was partly owing to his energy that Canterbury has done so we'l in this respect. M r Pyne had been smco 1891 a prominent member of the Canterbujy Jotfkev Club, of which he was a steward and committeeman from 1895. He was for some years a member of the Handicapping Committee, and 0 n the death
of Mr Geo. G. Stead in 1908 was appointed honorary treasurer, a portion he held at the time of his death. He was chairman of the Canterbury Jockey Club in the years 190S-1910, and proved a very popular head of that most important racing body. At times he represented the Club at the annual meetings of the Racing Conference, and his remarks, based on a wide knowledge of the sport of racing, and the common sense he possessed in an eminent degree, always' commanded high respect. For some thirty years ho conducted tho annual bloodstock sales in Christchurch. During the recent Cup Week he hold two big sales ono at Meadowbank and the other the Yearling Sale in Christchurch. Ho sold .the Elderslie and later tho Biirn&ido yearlings continu-
ously, with tho exception of the few occasions ho was in England, during November. Mr Pyne was in tho box for the Middle Park Stud Dispersal Sale, tho 1 Stead Dispersal Sale the Elderslie Dispersal Sale, and other important bloodstock sales. He was a good judge of a horse, and took a keen interest in rating. He raced on his own account and in partnership with Mr A. Boyle. Among the horses ho owned and raced on his own account in recent years were Leonoro (winner of the Ashburton Cup), Red Gauntlet (winner of the Dunedin Jockev Club Handicap twice), and Honesty (winner of the Invercargill Cup). At tho recent Cup Meeting his popular colours, white and blue cap. were carried to victory bv tho two-year-old filly Killena. In 'partnership with Mr Boyle he recently owned Martius, winner of the North Otago Oup And other races, and a few other horses. Mr Pyne was a sportsman held in great esteem throughout Now Zealand and Australia, and he will be much missed from our racecourses. The funeral will take place to-morrow afternoon.
EXPRESSIONS OF SYMPATHY AND APPRECIATION.
Before proceeding with the ordinary business at the meeting of the Board of the Aew Zealand Trotting Association yesterday, the nrcsident. Mr P. Selig, referred to the death of Mr F. H. Pyne, who had been for many years associated with the kindred sport of racing, and had acted as chairman of the committee of the Canterbury u w d u b, and also as its treasurer. Mr Pyns had been a good citizen, as well as a good sportsman, Mr Selig moved a resolution expressing regret Py n 9' s death, and sympathy wfth his family. The motion was seconded by Mr j Nicoll, and carried in silence, the members standing. At the Addirgton Saleyards yesterday, Mr E. "G. Staveley, chairman of directors of tho Canterbury Salevards Comreferred to the death of the late Mr Pyne, He expressed, on behalf of those present, their feeling of intense regret at the loss of Mr Pyne, an - I their great sympathy with his widow find family. Ho also referred to tho great loss the commercial community had sustained through his death. Mr Leicester Matson also referred to the late Mr Pyne's long connexion with the business life of Christchurch, and said that he had occupied an unrivalled position among business men. He also expresed their deep sympathy with Mrs Pyne and family. General regret was expressed at the Saleyards by farmers and others. For many years Mr Pvn© had been one of tho principal salesmen at the yards, and his straightforward methods of conducting business had been highly ar>prociated. At the meeting of the Canterbury Chamber of Commerce yesterday it was resolved: "That the members of the Chamber of Commerce mourn the death of our late member. Mr F. H. Pyne, and deeply sympathise with his widow and fami!r." j
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OBITUARY., Press, Volume LI, Issue 15451, 2 December 1915
OBITUARY. Press, Volume LI, Issue 15451, 2 December 1915
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