Norman "Norm" Pratt, 90, of 9651 Hazen Road, Sherman, N.Y., passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at his home.
He was born Feb. 27, 1923, in Westfield, N.Y., the son of the late Jay Francis and Anna Rosalea Hazen Pratt.
Norman worked at North East Industrial Park, as chief ammonia refrigeration engineer, for many years.
He had served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, he entered April 21, 1941, and was a radio operator in the B-26 Mauraders 8th Air Force 386th bomber group, in the European Theater, Boxted, England.
He owned his own airport Pratt's Eastern Divide D-88. He was an A&E mechanic, and also had his commercial pilot license, and he was also a crop dus-ter. Using his 180 Cessna he would provide air service for sky divers. Norman just received recognition for 55 years of service, with the Olive Lodge F&AM 575, in Sherman, N.Y.
He is survived by his son, Francis Quentin; daughter, Susan Jean Pratt Broeme; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and by many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Sara L. Pratt, on Sept. 11, 2011, whom he married July 7, 1945; three sisters: Nina Belle Henderson, Opal Loretta Hazen and Dorothy Mae Moore; and one brother, Donald Jay Pratt.
The family will receive friends at the Spitzer Funeral Home, Sherman, N.Y., on Friday, March 22, 2013, from 6-8 p.m. A Masonic service will be held at 5:45 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at the Spitzer Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to either the Findley Lake Volunteer Fire Dept. PO Box 158, Findley Lake, NY or the Stanley Hose Co. PO Box 574, Sherman, NY 14781.
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