John A. Pratt


SOUTH PARIS — John A. Pratt, 77, of South Paris, died Tuesday, April 20, at the Market Square Health Care Center, with his loving family by his side.

He was born in Mechanic Falls, May 22, 1932, the son of Albion Pratt and Esther (Mains) Heslop. He graduated from Paris High School in 1950, and enjoyed going to his class reunions.

He married the former Joan L. Wilson on Aug. 28, 1951. He was well-known in the Oxford Hills area as a master stone craftsman. He owned and operated Bolsters Monumental Works from 1972 to 1996, selling to his son, David in 1996.

He was past president of the Oxford County Shrine Club, a member of Paris Hill Country Club, Paris Lodge 94, AF & AM of South Paris, Oxford County R & SM and 33-year member of the Scottish Rite. He was an avid golfer, liked to travel, eating out with all his friends, was a Red Sox and Patriots fan and a member of Kora Temple Shrine.

He is survived by his children, a daughter, Holly Taylor of South Paris; a son, David Pratt of Oxford; daughter, Dundee Pratt of Norway; a sister, Mary Ann and husband, Robert Roderick, of Norway; sister-in-law, Sandra Nowlan of New Brunswick; grandchildren, Jamie, Jack, Cody, Tia and Casey; and great-grandchildren, Kady and Emily.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Joan on May 2, 2008; and sons, Jack in 2002, and Jim in 2007.