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RESTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Tech tycoon Don Pyle make his fortune in IT software companies. There are a couple in Northern Virginia. Along the way he made many lifelong friends around the world.

Flowers and notes of condolences are being sent to ScienceLogic in Reston where Don Pyle was the Chief Operating Office.

"Every business in which he invested his time and energy was hugely successful," said CEO David Link.

Before ScienceLogic, Pyle hired Mary Burger in 2000 to be the senior administrator of Juniper Networks in Herndon where he was the VP of Sales. She and Pyle were often the last to leave the office.

"He waited for the traffic to go down before he headed to Annapolis. It would be 7 or 7:30. I couldn't ask for a better boss. Don touched the lives of so many people because once you were Don's friend, you were always Don's friend."

Like many friends, Burger is devastated by so much loss but she wants to keep the happy memories alive, such as the time she visited the family's castle home.

"We had a champagne toast in the castle and then we went out for brunch, so I'm trying to focus on that visit and the things we shared."

"Don was widely known for his vivacious spirit, thirst for life, and love of family," Pyle's colleague said.

His friends talk about his generosity, being an avid fisherman, a family man and doting grandfather.

"Don had a true love for Sandy and the boys. My recent correspondence with him was we're just enjoying the heck out of our grandchildren. Don never had children and I think this was his way of being a kid and he loved those kids," said Pat Maccini, Don's commercial realtor and friend.

"I've said to people it will be nice to have some closure but there will never be closure on something as horrible as this. There will always be an empty spot in your heart," said Burger.

Friends are planning to cook dinner and deliver it to first responders in Annapolis Saturday night in honor of the Boone and Pyle families.

If you want to write a note of condolence that will be sent to the family, ScienceLogic has set up an email account: rememberingDonPyle@gmail.com

The company may publish them in a compilation post and share with the family. If you would like to remain anonymous, simply sign your email anonymous.


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