December 13, 2013

Gordon William Pratt

LAKE PLACID - Gordon William Pratt, 89, died Tuesday, Dec. 10 at his home in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Gordon was the son of Gordon L. Pratt and Audrey (DeLong) Pratt. He was born on Aug. 2, 1924, in Lake Placid.

Gordon graduated from the Lake Placid High School in 1943 and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific as a Radar Operator. After returning home, he attended Albany Business School. He worked selling real estate and insurance for Merrill L. Thomas and Northern Insuring before leaving to become the proprietor of the Gordon W Pratt Insurance Agency in 1978.

Gordon was very active in his community. He was a member of the Masons and a former board member of: the Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club International, Lake Placid Central School Board of Education, Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES), Lake Placid Memorial Hospital, Community Board Member for the merger of the Lake Placid and Saranac Lake Hospitals, Lake Placid/North Elba Historical Society, St Eustace Vestry, Lake Placid Ski Club and Lake Placid High School Alumni Association; serving as President on most of these boards. Gordon was an avid golfer and loved fishing and hunting.

In his early years he was a ski instructor and race coach at Scott's Cobble and Mt. Whitney where he met his first wife, Elizabeth Fraser d'Avignon. They married in 1955; she predeceased him in 1990, after 35 years of marriage. He then married his second wife, Shirley Elleman, she predeceased him in 2005. His son, Joseph d'Avignon; his sister, Katherine Benham Connor; his brother, Stanley Benham; and his nephew Reginald Benham, also predeceased him.

He is survived by his sister, Beverley Pratt Reid; his daughters, Holli Pratt Lynch and her husband Peter, Heather Pratt Perkins and her husband Gregory, Stephanie Fraser d'Avignon and daughter-in-law Karen Trumbull d'Avignon; his grandchildren, Ian Lynch, TJ Lynch, Colin Lynch, Elisa Lynch, Jillian Perkins, Brody Perkins, Betsy Bishop, Andrea Burtech, and Joseph d'Avignon; his sister-in-law, Brenda Schoch Hiltz; and many nieces and nephews, Trudy Hamilton, Susan Doehne, Linda Favata, Gregory Benham, Stanley Benham, Bryan Reid, Brent Reid, Brenda Abbott, Bonny Jo Reid, Brock Reid, Bambi Pedu, Babs James, Gordon Hunter, Sandy Hunter, Wyn Schoch, Kim Schoch and Jennifer Donaldson.

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