Edward Stanley Pratt passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 6, 2009.
Ed was born on Sept. 6, 1939, in Wells, Vt., the son of Floyd and Alice (Corey) Pratt.
Ed was a veteran of the Army Reserve, serving during the time of the Vietnam War.
Ed retired from a supervisory position at General Electric Co. in Rutland, Vt., in 2000 after 42 years of dedicated employment. He took great pleasure in maintaining relationships with his co-workers with his membership in the GE Green Mountain Retirees Association.
He was also a member of the Moose Lodge and the American Legion, both of Rutland. Ed served his community for 13 years on the Wells School Board.
Ed was extremely proud of his home, which he built himself. He enjoyed spending time maintaining it, as well as working in his yard. The most near and dear, however, was the time spent with his family. He loved family gatherings. As a devoted and loving grandfather he particularly enjoyed attending the various sporting events in which his grandchildren participated. He was always proud and supportive of both their endeavors and accomplishments. Being true to his Vermont heritage, Ed was passionate about deer hunting. For 20 years he chose to pursue this favored pastime by camping in a tent in Hogtown, N.Y. In the past few years, however, he chose to hunt from a camp in Newcomb, N.Y. This, for Ed, was part of a real hunting experience.
In the spring he enjoyed maple sugaring with his brother Enoch. When he needed the occasional rest, Ed was always ready for some travel time. He was also an avid fan of both the Cleveland Indians and the Cleveland Browns.
Ed was predeceased by his wife, Sheila Pratt, and a son, Brian Pratt.
Survivors are his wife, Maureen (Ransom) Pratt; two sons, David Pratt and his wife, Meredith, of Wells and Aaron Pratt of Granville, N.Y.; a daughter, Tracy Davies and her husband, Jeffrey Jr., of Wells; and a stepson, Frank Holmes and his wife, Michelle, of Rutland. Ed is also survived by six beloved grandchildren; Cade, Cameron, Gabe, Bailey, Jeffrey and Callie. In addition he is survived by two brothers, Enoch Pratt and his wife, Rosalie, of Wells and Ernie Pratt and his wife, Patty, of Clarendon, Vt., and three sisters, Edna Cooper and her husband, Alan, of Wells, Ella Jean Duel and her husband, Kenneth, of Pawlet, Vt., and Emma Kelley and her husband, Harris, of West Rutland, Vt., as well as several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
The funeral service was held on Thursday, July 9, at the Robert M King Funeral Home, 23 Church St., Granville, with the Rev. Robert Boutwell. Burial followed at the Evergreen Cemetery in Rutland. Calling hours were held Wednesday, July 8, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Granville Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 153, Granville, N.Y. 12832.