JAMES ALAN PRATT - BURLINGTON - James Alan Pratt, born Sept. 24, 1952, in Windsor, Conn., passed away peacefully, in the presence of his family, on July 14, 2013, in the Vermont Respite House, from complications of Parkinson's Disease. Jim lived most of his life in Connecticut, but was always a Vermonter at heart. He worked at a wide variety of jobs throughout his life - fixing bicycles, driving tractor trailers across the country, and driving taxi - but his true passion and gift in life was finding and selling antiques. Jim knew a little something about everything vintage and antique. He was an expert at divining the provenance of a piece and if he truly didn't know where something came from, he'd say it "came from a barn in Jericho." He sold his wares at flea markets and antique shows all over New England and was known for having some of the most beautiful, rare, and unique items. Jim was a member of several Revolutionary War re-enactment groups and some of his most enduring memories include the friends he made in his years of 'battle'. Jim was an avid gardener and could be found standing in his garden at dawn on summer mornings clipping the tops off of every weed that had dared to sprout in the night. His rows were even and his plants were happy. He liked to take long walks with his dog, Ruby, and go swimming in rivers and reservoirs. Jim was a unique individual, quickwitted, soulful, an avid reader, and a good napper. He appreciated art and history and the natural world. Anyone who had the pleasure to meet him will always remember him. Jim is survived by his life partner, Carol Pratt of Burlington; daughters, Mary-Alyssa Chambers of Burlington, and Abigail Emerson (Matthew) of Saint Albans; son, Adam Pratt of Little Ferry, N.J.; brothers, Howard Pratt of Maine, and Timothy Pratt of Pa.; and sister, Sharon Noah of Illinois. He will be greatly missed. The family wishes to express heartfelt gratitude to the staff on McClure 4/ICU at FAHC as well as the many individuals at the Visiting Nurses Association of Chittenden County. Their professionalism, skill, and compassion is unmatched. There will be no services. A celebration of his life will be scheduled for the early Fall. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the VNA, 1110 Prim Rd. Colchester, VT, to help continue the excellent level of care they provide.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on July 17, 2013