Henry Fobes Pratt Jr.(1924 - 2014)

HENRY FOBES PRATT, JR. Henry Fobes Pratt, Jr. known as Henry or Hank died January 8th of aging. He was one month shy of 91. He was residing at Roses and Ivy Care Home for the last 17 months. The folks there treated him well and helped him pass on. He is survived by his daughter Barbara also known as Bobbi and his son- in -law Robert Speer from Chico, his son Steve Pratt from Boston, Virginia, his granddaughter Emily Mellon and her husband Robert Mellon and two great-granddaughters Ellie and Anna residing in Chico and Jessica Peck and her husband Paul Peck with one grandson, Reed, living in Puriscal, Costa Rica. He also had a loving relationship with Heather Nelson who survives him. He moved to Chico in 1990 from the east coast with Jeane, his wife of 59 years to be closer to their daughter and granddaughters. Jeane died in 2004. He was a teacher and a coach early in life later becoming an executive salesman in a tire retreading company. He traveled around the world-training salesmen in the tire re-treading business. When he retired he became somewhat of local activist for the homeless and an active member of the Unitarian Fellowship. He was a dedicated volunteer and although quite opinionated he could be counted on to go the extra mile. He supported a number of local non-profit organizations. He was instrumental in starting free meals for the needy by local churches. You could find him gathering turkeys and pies at Thanksgiving. He worked tirelessly with The Esplanade House collecting food and being kind to people. He helped with the construction and gathering of items for the Torres Center. He played the chromatic harmonica and often joined in at musical events. He was funny and sarcastic and loving...all rolled into one. Think of him and rejoice. A memorial gathering will be held Friday January 17 at 2:00 p.m. at Newton-Bracewell Chico Funeral Home. Honor him by honoring your favorite non-profit organization. To view obituary and send condolences online go to NewtonBracewell.com

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Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Jan. 12, 2014