Albert H. Pye

February 24, 1928May 4, 2013

Albert “Buck” Pye, age 85, of Buzzards Bay, MA died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on May 4, 2013. The son of Albert and Jessie Pye, he was born in Wareham, MA in 1928. He grew up in Onset, MA and graduated from the New Bedford Vocational High School. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1948-52. A veteran of the Korean War, he served as Gunnery Sgt in the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade. He was wounded in Seoul, Korea following the invasion of Inchon in 1950. Among numerous decorations and awards, he received the Purple Heart Award, the USMC Good Conduct Medal and the Korean Service Medal. His unit was twice awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.

Mr. Pye married his wife Cathleen (Draper) in 1958. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two children and four grandchildren: Steven Pye and his wife Trish (Haynes) of Buzzards Bay, MA and their children Justin and Kayleigh Dube; and Susan (Pye) Hartzell, her husband Peter Hartzell of Alexandria, VA and their daughters Heather and Natalie Hartzell. He leaves a brother Wilfred Pye of Middleboro, MA. He was preceded in death by his sister Priscilla Chase of Bronson, Fla.

He worked in several construction jobs for the US Navy in the South Pacific area in the early 1950s. He went on to have a long and rewarding career as a building contractor on the Cape. He enjoyed working with his customers, crew and subcontractors, and took great pride in the custom homes they built. An avid outdoorsman, he loved boating, fishing and hunting. He was also a big Red Sox fan. He was a member of the Bourne Lion’s Club, Cape Cod Home Builders Association, and a life member of the Wankinquoah Rod & Gun Club in Middleboro, MA. He was active in the USMC How Company 3-5 Reunion group, and very much enjoyed hosting one of their annual reunions in Boston, MA.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, May 8th from 4-7 pm at the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 40 MacArthur Blvd., Bourne MA. A funeral will be held at the Bourne United Methodist Church, 37 Sandwich Rd. on Thursday, May 9th at 10 am. Burial will follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. Memorial donations may be made to VNA Hospice and Palliative Care, 434 Route 134, Suite D-3, South Dennis, MA 02660.



  • Visiting Hours Wednesday, May 8, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 9, 2013


  • Burial

Albert H. Pye

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Marcia Barnikel

May 20, 2013

Cathy, my heart goes out to you and
all your family at this time of sorrow.
Take care and God bless.
Best regards,
Marcia Merrihew Barnikel

May 11, 2013

Catherine, I was so sorry to hear of your husbands death. So Sorry, Ginny Eldridge.

May 11, 2013

I am so sorry to read about your fathers passing remember all of the good times you shared. with deepest sympathy
Lorraine Kuchinsky

May 9, 2013

Cathy & Children,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
My memories go back to my days as a little girl when Buck worked for my Dad. I will always remember him fondly.
With deepest sympathy, Kathy (Bumpus) Corradi

May 8, 2013

Cathy, Sue, Steve so sorry for your loss. May your keep in mind all the happy times you had together. Gail (Pye) Maliski (Middleboro MA)

Mary Beth Cohoon

May 8, 2013

Steve, I am sorry to hear of your dad's passing. May your memories of your dad and of happier times carry you through these difficult days. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Amy Young

May 8, 2013

I cannot express how sad I am at the loss of Uncle Buck. I treasure the memory of his smile, a smile that went deep into his eyes. And his kind voice. He was a great friend to my father, and to our family. My thoughts are with your whole family at this difficult time.

Sallie & Dick Butler

May 8, 2013

Cathleen, Susan and Steven, Our sympathy to all, Keep the happy memories close to your heart and your husband/Dad will always be with you.

May 8, 2013

Cathleen,I'm so sorry for your husbands passing.I met him many times at our High School reunions.He used to drop in at Haskell's gulf station on main street after work to see Chick and Bob,I would talk to him there.He was a special guy.Bill Atkinson

Karen (Smith) Ciotti

May 8, 2013

Cathy, Sue, and Steve....we will always remember the fun times we had with you and your family on the Cape...we loved spending time just laughing and running around in the marsh down the hill behind your house....I seriously remember doing that 40 years ago! Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all, and we hope the wonderful memories you have of your dad/husband will give you strength during this difficult time.