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PRATT, John Edward “Ed”

May 31, 1941– Olds, AB
October 13, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Ed Pratt of Calgary, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at the age of 72 years.

Ed is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Stephen and Caroline Pratt, son Kevin Pratt, daughter and son-in-law Susan and Ron Ternes; grandchildren Katelyn, Ryan and Brett; siblings Georgina Ruissen (Jim), Pat Van Tetering, Murray Pratt (Shelley), Ken Pratt (Diane), Margaret Stevens (Phil), and Ginny Snyder (Bruce); sister-in-law Karlene Pratt as well as many nephews, nieces, and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents Thomas and Gertrude, brother Robert Pratt and brother-in-law Hank Van Tetering.

A memorial service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Friday, October 18, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through Ed’s family wishes to express their sincerest thanks to the Doctors, Nurses and staff at the Rockyview General Hospital (Unit 82) and the Sarcee Hospice.

In living memory of Ed Pratt, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Over the years Ed and I had many interesting discussions and I always appreciated his insight. He will be missed by many.
    Sincerely Ron Parsons

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  2. So sorry to hear about Ed. I had some good times with him over the years.

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  3. Neil McKechnie :

    A very interesting man. I’ll miss Ed Pratt. He was always willing to share his years of experience with others. His ability to use his life-earned well respected knowledge interestingly by way of a captivating well told personal experience story was always appreciated.

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  4. James McPherson :

    Murray & Shelly:

    Jim & Sheila, Grace & Abe wish to express our sincere condolences in the loss of your brother, Ed.
    Our deepest sympathy to you all.

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  5. Brent Trottier :

    My sincere condolences to all of the Pratt family on the loss of Ed.

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  6. I am deeply saddened by the loss of Edward Pratt. He was a very good man and a great friend whom I will miss dearly. Often misunderstood or disregarded for his quick temperament or quirky personality traits, Edward was a man who was truly passionate about his work and cared deeply about the people whom he loved.

    Never have I met a man who was so widely read and so greatly enjoyed teaching or sharing his knowledge with others. His love of children, particularly his grandchildren was exemplified by all of the stories that he would tell. I recall that he was most joyful when telling stories of his little ones while often sharing regret for not having been as close with his sons and daughter whom he was truly most proud of.

    Edward lived through a time in which the industry was much different than it is today and I feel that it slowly became his life. I have honestly never met such a technical, competent, or exceptional drilling engineer; however, in his later years he realized how much that cost him in relationship with his family.

    There is sad irony in the fact that Ed had heart trouble for so many years, for it was phenomenal just how big and loving his heart could be when he truly allowed it to do so. Sharing stories of his children or his grandchildren made him absolutely radiant and he would smile or grin from ear to ear.

    Regretfully, I am deeply saddened that I have been consumed with my own life issues and not spoken with Ed these past few months therefore did not realize that he had recently passed away. Ed was a dear friend and a mentor to me, for he carried a vast wealth of information, insight, and exceptional life stories. For those that truly new Ed, they could see how beautiful a man he was under the thick skin. It is unfortunate for those who were intimidated by his self-protective gruff exterior because they never had the opportunity to see who he really was or experience him as the deep caring friend that he could be.

    This perspective may come as a shock to many people, particularly those that met Ed in the manner in which I did as he was a client of mine whom I provided directional drilling services to the many companies that he represented over the years. My only regret is that I do not read newspapers and had not seen the obituary notice for his passing, for if I had, I would’ve been able to speak and share this perspective with those who were at his funeral but most importantly convey his message of love for his family and those who were near and dear to him.

    I too have had many life challenges although greatly different from Ed’s and this may have been part of our unique bond. I will greatly miss our conversations and oftentimes heated debates (*grin*).

    Sleep well my friend, I wish you god speed on your journey and that you may finally forgive yourself, for you are a good man.

    Best regards and heartfelt condolences to your family and friends.

    Sincerely your pal,

    David Kunz

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  7. I knew Ed through the oil and gas industry.

    Ed was my first drilling fluid client and he will always leave a lasting impression on me. His first call to me was, “Get your damn fluid program over here right now if you want this work”! His wild eyes and trembling hands meant that he wasn’t about to waste anyone’s time when a job needed to get done.

    After working with him for a few months he started to let his guard down. I was always more than willing to sit with him for as long as I could and talk about history, oil and gas, war/military, business, farming, logging, boxing, women…you name it.

    He introduced me to a book “A Man Called Intrepid” The Incredible WWII Narrative of the Canadian War Hero Whose Spy Network and Secret Diplomacy Changed the Course of History: by William Stevenson. Every Remembrance Day a group of us (lead by Ed) would drink scotch, order in food and watch war movies pausing once and a while to hear one of Ed’s life lessons. Ed reinforced that we should all be very honored to be Canadian. Many humble, strong and courageous Canadians have stood up against great evil to give us the freedom we have today.

    One of my fondest memories with Ed was up at his sister’s farm in Didsbury. We would drive in his truck hunting goffers in the field with 22’s and 17’s hanging out the window. “Those darn goffers are everywhere!” as he would step on the brakes aim and fire away. Ed was a very funny man if you really got to know him. A few of his one liners crack me up and targeting goffers with his perfect aim he would say, “Well that one will have a headache in the morning!”, “That one will have lead poisoning”, “That one can now see its head through it’s XXXhole”.

    As a friend and a mentor Ed was always willing to tell a lively story where he had conquered obstacles (usually with his bare hands 😉 and left the situation with a greater confidence in his ability to face new challenges in life.

    Some if his life lessons included standing up for what you believe in and fighting for that believe (if necessary).

    Ed was a hardworking man who had a big heart and always good story to tell. Ed will be deeply missed by me and my friends that knew him.

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