‘Always a character,’ Pratt remembered as hard worker


STRONG — The late Andrew Pratt of Strong was remembered Thursday as a hardworking, civic-minded man who enjoyed a good argument, especially if it had to do with the politics of the town.

Pratt, 87, died at his home on Sunday.

“Andy was always a character,” Perry Ellsworth of Strong recalled Thursday. Ellsworth, the town manager in Rangeley, was a selectman in Strong for years and served as chairman.

“When I was chairman, I would always make sure I hand-delivered the first copy of the town report book to Andy every year. He wanted it early so he could study it and get ready for town meeting,” Ellsworth remembered with a chuckle.

And at every town meeting, Pratt would stand up to question town officials on some article in the warrant or an expense that he had researched and wanted explained.

“Andy was never at a loss for words and liked to engage conversation, whether it was of a personal nature or the politics of the town,” Ellsworth said.

“But he always agreed to disagree if he could not sell his ideas to the majority of the voters. Then he would likely seek you out downstairs during the beans and hot dog luncheon if he still had strong feelings and might want to have the last word with you,” he recalled.

“Andy was a good, hardworking man who was dedicated to his family and the town of Strong. We will all miss him,” Ellsworth said.

According to his obituary, Pratt served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, worked at area mills, managed his own farm, and for four years, was employed by the town. He was also a selectman, was on the Budget Committee and was elected to the School Administrative District 58 board. He was also a member of the Strong Historical Society and was among those who established the Agricultural Museum at the Franklin County Fair, according to his obituary.

At his request, there will be no visitation or funeral services. He is survived by his wife, Dawn; a son, Rupert and his wife, Susan, of Strong; and a daughter, Cynthia Mason and husband, Bill, of Kittery.

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