Leslie C. Pratt
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CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Leslie C. "Les" Pratt passed away on Nov. 30, 2015, at the Hope Hospice House in Cape Coral, Florida, after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born on Aug. 31, 1943, in the Bronx, New York, the son of Leslie Moore Pratt and Julia Katherine (Shiminski) Pratt.
"Les" attended Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans, Vermont, graduating valedictorian in 1961. After graduating cum laude in 1965 from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Arts degree, he joined the Navy. While serving in the Navy he achieved the rank of lieutenant junior grade and served as a supply officer on the USS Salamonie. After his discharge in 1970 Les attended Cornell University, receiving his law degree in 1973.
Les married Diane J. Dussault in April of 1966. She passed away in 1991. He married Sharlene Chambers in July of 1994.
After law school he returned to Vermont, where he practiced law at Patterson, Walke and Pratt until 1987, when he accepted a vice president position at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. After leaving Blue Cross, Les practiced law in Burlington before moving his practice back to Montpelier. He retired from practice in 2011, at which time he and wife Sharlene moved to Cape Coral, Florida.
Les was blessed with a lovely family and many wonderful friends. He was a truly authentic and humble man, despite his personal success. He was a hardworking, talented lawyer, a great father, a loving husband and a beautiful friend. He will be remembered for filling a room with his unique and boisterous laughter, which served to lift the spirits of all those around him. Les loved the Boston Red Sox, trivia, crossword puzzles, music and, yes, howling with laughter. He also loved to whistle and could always be heard whistling one tune or another that he had stuck in his head that day. He is and certainly will be forever missed.
Survivors include his wife, Sharlene (Chambers) Pratt, of North Fort Myers, Florida; sons James "Jamie" Pratt and Jason Pratt, both of Montpelier, Vermont; stepchildren Shaun LaFlam, of Williamstown, Vermont, and Tanya Chambers, of Groton, Vermont; two sisters, Sally Michaud, of Crestview, Florida, and Lorraine Frost, of Fair Oaks, California; nieces, nephews, grandchildren and many friends.
A memorial service is planned for late May at the veterans cemetery in Randolph, Vermont.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope Hospice House Cape Coral, 2430 Diplomat Parkway, Cape Coral, FL 33909.

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Published in Times Argus on Dec. 18, 2015.
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December 22, 2015
Sharlene, Jamie and Jason - Sorry for your loss. I worked with Les at PW&P and he was a pleasure to work with. His laughter was contagious. My thought and prayers are with you all.
Susie Jalbert
December 21, 2015
Sharlene I am so sorry for the loss of such a great guy. I know so many people will miss him. He had such a great sense of humor and was a wonderful friend to all of us.
Jane Grace Tuscany
December 20, 2015
Les was such a good friend in high school and since then we have had sporadic contacts and I somehow expected that we would have plenty of time in life to re-connect in our 'dotage'--I'm so sorry that I have been out of touch with what he went through and what Sharlene has had to go through. Les enriched my life in countless ways and his loss diminishes me. I'm ecstatic for the contacts we did have and want to sincerely offer Sharlene whatever assistance she may need from us.
Bill (and Gretta) Cleveland
December 20, 2015
Sharlene, so sorry for your loss. Les was a pleasure to work with and a pleasure to be around. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Bonnie Brassard
December 19, 2015
Sharlene, Jamie and Jason, I was so sorry to hear the sad news. Les hired me back in 1986 at PW&P for a typing position and I couldn't type. He carried the typewriter to my car and put it in my trunk and said "there you go, you've got 2 weeks to learn". That began a wonderful career for me. He was the sweetest man and such a smart man. We had a reunion down here in Ft. Myers a few years ago - some former PW&P folks and it brought me right back and it was so much fun to see him again. His laugh was the best one I have ever heard. So, I am so sorry for your loss. Barb.
Barb Spaulding
December 18, 2015
Sharlene, Jamie and Jason: Les was instrumental in hiring me as a starting attorney in 1986. He was a wonderful mentor, a great friend, and made my job fun. I hear his laugh now. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jim and Dianne Vitt
December 18, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Isaiah 12:2
December 18, 2015
To Les's family. I enjoyed practicing law with Les. He was a true gentleman and a respected attorney. His laugh was wonderful and made you feel like his friend. God Bless him and his family.
John Nicholls
December 18, 2015
Allison and I were so deeply upset when we received the news of Les passing.
We cherish meeting and becoming friends with you both. Les was such a pleasure to be around and made our time together so memorable.
Allison and I talk often about what you (and the family) must be going through, realizing what a devastating effect his passing has had on us and so many other close friends.
Les made an indelible impression on so many people with his undeniable charm, his quick wit, and sense of humor.
We already miss that beautiful laughter we'd become so accustomed to enjoying, anytime he was around.
Les was as genuine as they come, someone you instantly wanted to become friends with as soon as you met him.
A true accolade to his fine character and his beautiful soul.
We will truly miss Les, and will always cherish meeting him, and the time we were so honored to share.

We pray God will comfort you during this most difficult time.

Steve & Allison
Steve & Allison Robinson
December 18, 2015
In loving memory of a good man and friend. We are so thankful that our paths crossed and that we had the privilege of knowing you. We'll never forget your wonderful smile, your laughter and the memories we made together. R.I.P.
Dee & Fred Morrow
December 18, 2015
Sharlene, Jamie and Jason,
I am so sorry for your loss. I truly enjoyed working with Les at PW&P and seeing him at BC. He always made us laugh. He was a great man. Keep your memories close. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Heather & Steve Bolduc
December 18, 2015
Sharlene, I am so sorry to hear about Les. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Teresa Wells
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