John Stuart PRATT

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1936 - February 21, 2013
We are saddened to announce the passing of John Stuart Pratt peacefully in Montreal of renal cancer. He made the most of the past 5 years and died with dignity and grace.
Predeceased by his mother Dorothy Ward Connell and father R. John Pratt, he is survived by his three children Robert (Nicky), Julia (Tim) and Jennifer (Kirby). He was Papa John and Pop Pop to grandchildren Jessica, Anthony, Gregory, Elena, Elizabeth and Eliza. He also leaves his brother Robin Pratt (Francine) and nephew Graham and nieces Thea and Jessica. His dear friend Madeleine was with him when he died.
Dad's achievements over 76 years were many. Among them he was a recipient of the Bishop's University Golden Mitre Award and inducted to its RBC Wall of Distinction for outstanding achievements in football, skiing, hockey, leadership and contributions to school life in the 50s; founding headmaster of The Country Day School in King City, Ontario in the 70s; and most recently, his unyielding support for Truth and Reconciliation for Bishop's College School in Lennoxville, QC. And the next time it rains, we'll know it's because Dad is fly-fishing up in heaven.
Thank you to the amazing staff at St. Mary's Hospital for their great care over the past 5 years, particularly in the last month. A special thank you to Dr. Zidulka for her constant help and guidance.
A private cremation has taken place. In the spring, there will be a celebration of John's life held at Bishop's University in Lennoxville on Saturday, May 4th at 11:00 a.m. in St. Mark's chapel. For now, as Dad would say, "Taut Lines".
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the 'John Pratt Scholarship Fund' established at Bishop's University in December 2012 by contacting the University Advancement Office.

Published in National Post on Feb. 26, 2013