Larger than life, best describes the love and affection John Pratt gave to his family and friends, with an extraordinary tenderness to his adored grandsons, Hunter and Ryekin. His commitments to them all were simple, unwavering and unconditional, and the time he would spend to help anyone in need, was whatever it took to get it done and he never dropped the ball.
John's passions and pleasures always came second to the needs of others. The friends he made, in his over 40 years as a sales manager in Brevard County, were beyond numbers and each one had an opportunity to touch the sincerity he'd bear to each relationship. John paid forward with everything, especially compassion.
It was hard for him to hide his pillar of strength, but somehow he could humbly transfer it to equip someone's doubt with confidence. It would certainly not be a stretch to say he was truly loved throughout the community.
We all might hope to aspire to the heights of tolerance and empathy, kindness and charity, John kept at hand every day. His tragic passing will remain an unexplainable stain in our hearts forever. We can see his teaching, through example, in everyone that was close to him, especially John and Nancy's son, Mikell and their grandchildren, Hunter and Ryekin.
Nancy and Johnny first met in Miami as young teenagers almost fifty years ago, and they have been inseparable ever since. Their 45 years of marriage has not come without challenges, but every rocky road they found themselves on, they went down it hand and hand.
One of John's passions was cars, and not just going to the races, which he did ardently, but he was a bona fide car hound. As a highly awarded sales manager for Toyota, GM and most recently employed at Boniface Hiers Mazda/Kia, he stayed updated and abreast to all changes in the auto industry. But it wasn't all work and no play; John and family seldom missed a year where they didn't attend the 24 hours at Daytona.
John was an Army Veteran who served with the Army Security Agency before moving to the Brevard area with his family, and residing at the same 'home-front' for over 40 years. His courage was unquestionable, his patience and respect towards others, absolute. If John had a fear, it was that he might not be around to make sure his grandchildren got a proper education and had what they needed to succeed in life.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy of 45 years; son, Mikell; daughter-in-law, Michelle; grandsons, Hunter and Ryekin; sister, Geraldine Bennett; brothers, William (Bill) and David; in addition to dozens of family and extended family members.
JOHN WISHED THERE BE NO SERVICES
In lieu of flowers or gifts, John would have wanted a college trust fund for his two precious grandsons, who called him 'Pappy.' Hunter and Ryekin were John's 'pride and joy,' and wanted them to have the best education available. Unfortunately, they lost their Pappy, and the most loving, caring and kindest man they will ever know. To help with John's dream, you are welcome to donate to his grand-children's' education fund at WELLS FARGO BANKS (deposit directly at bank, or drive-thru), or online at Wells Fargo.com, to transfer funds. The Nickname for the Special Account is "John's Boys", account number 3975954367.
In Loving Memory.
Arrangements by family owned and operated Atlantic Mortuary & Cremation service, Rockledge, (321) 636-0869.
117 Barton Ave Rockledge, FL 32955
Published in FLORIDA TODAY from Apr. 5 to Apr. 7, 2013