PRATT; William (Bill)
1925 – 2015
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Bill in November 2015. He will be deeply missed by his loving wife Joan, his caring children, Carolyn (Al), Bill Jr., Jonathan, Suzanne (Dave), and pre-deceased by daughter Gina. Bill was proud grandfather to eight grandchildren, Janel, Laara, Lorynda, Alexis, Ben, Danny (predeceased), Suzanne and Chelsea, great grandfather to thirteen and one great-great grandchild. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Bill was one of four children. He was predeceased by his brother Don. He is survived by his loving sister Doreen and brother David, both from Victoria.
Bill served in WWII – RAF and one of his delights in life was flying Sabre Jets out of Comox while he was in the Canadian Air Force Reserve. Bill’s career, began with an architectural degree obtained from UBC. He had his first office on Robson Street in Vancouver. He designed Home Oil service stations with a hint of art deco; eventually drawing the Hon. James Sinclair Building project out of the historic but tired old Post Office in Vancouver; designing the radar station in the seventies along with enterprises too numerous to list. He later worked as a Vancouver School board architect and finally with the Canadian Department of Transport. His love for nature, animals, trees, bees and gardening, his pets, endless projects and creations was well reflected in his farm where he resided for 57 years. He could fix anything form a bicycle to an eight cylinder motor. He could turn a hundred foot tree into building material and fell it without hitting the house. He and Joan’s love for travel, adventure, the sea and sun brought them, in his final years, to Panama. Bill was a man who lived life on his own terms. As nephew Lon so accurately said, “All in all, a very creative guy, a classy MacGuyver, eccentric do it yourself freak with an eye for a bargain.” He will be greatly missed and forever remain in our hearts. He will also keep us smiling with all the stories! Sincere and special thanks to the staff, nurses and doctors at Peace Arch Memorial Hospital. There are too many to list here. Your loving and compassionate care is so appreciated by Bill’s family.
A memorial will be announced.