It is with great sadness and much love we said goodbye to Harry James “Jim” Pratt on May 16, 2021, a longtime resident of Sherwood Park. Jim is lovingly remembered by his wife Isabel “Liz”, daughter Kathryn Pratt (Johnathan McCullough) of North Haven, CT, sister Bernice “Bunny” Popoff, stepbrother Clint (Jill) Stewart, grandchildren; James and Sarah McCullough of North Haven, CT and Chelsea Pratt of Edmonton, AB, and mother of Jim’s children, Jane Tew. Jim was predeceased by his father Wilfred, mother Elizabeth, stepfather Walter, brother-in-law Larry, son Terrance, and wife Norma Jean. Jim will be remembered fondly by family, friends, business associates and all who knew him by his warmth, kindness, and humorous one-liners.
Jim was born in Calgary on December 30, 1940 and was raised in Lethbridge. He was active in the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets in his youth and also as an officer (Lieutenant). The highlight of his service was waiting on Princess Margaret during her 1958 Canadian Tour. After completing high school, he relocated to Edmonton and obtained his Electrical Inspector designation from NAIT.
Jim worked many years for AGT (now Telus) until his retirement in 1995, when he consulted for an event lighting company. Jim or JP as everyone used to call him at Space Cannon/Illumivision, arrived at the office with a dynamic personality, an extremely positive outlook on life and of the day ahead with his coffee he would still be sipping 8 hours later. His work allowed for extensive world travel and many interesting projects, with his proudest achievement completing the “Tribute in Light” at the World Trade Centre Memorial.
Jim’s most recent years were spent living in Belize with Liz and his beloved dogs, Tia and Tyra. Jim loved the adventure of living in the Caribbean. His favourite thing was taking his boat the “Miss Tia” out for a sea cruise, and having beers at the “cool spots” on the cayes.
Cremation has already taken place, and a service will be scheduled when restrictions are lifted. In lieu of flowers, friends and family may donate to the Canadian Lung Association. To send condolences, thoughts, or prayers, please visit serenity.ca to submit online.
Serenity Funeral Service – Fort Saskatchewan – 780-998-1422