Founding father of MK dies at the age of 89

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The ‘true gentleman’ who was the founding father of Milton Keynes has died shortly before his 90th birthday.

Ernest Pye was the Chief Officer of Milton Keynes Development Corporation when it was set up to build the new city in the late 1960s.

His job was to ensure the provision of the infrastructure including roads, bridges, underpasses, water sewers and services.

Mr Pye became Assistant General Manager in 1974 and retired 10 years later.

He was instrumental in setting up the Rotary Club of Milton Keynes and worked for the next 45 years on projects benefiting the community,

Also involved in voluntary and church work, he was at all times immaculately dressed in a suit, white shirt and highly polished shoes.

His friend BenAffleck said: “He was a true gentleman with attributes to treasure such a courtesy, sincerity, tolerance, resourcefulness, friendship and respect for other people’s views.”