John Stewart Pratt
John S. Pratt, 76, of Fort Myers, Florida, died peacefully on May 4, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Pamela (Wishart), four children from his previous marriage Mary Murphy (Pratt) of Denver, CO; John S. Pratt, Jr. of Ft. Myers, FL; Heather Pratt of Bethesda, MD; and Robert Pratt (Alisha) of Ft. Myers, FL; his step-daughter Amanda Grieg and her partner Anton Santiago, his grandchildren Molly, Julia, Bobby, Lily, Hope and Faith; his sister Anne (Joe) Sutton of West Orange, NJ. He also survived by many nieces and nephews and good friends. He was predeceased by his parents John L. and Mary C. Pratt, his brother Stewart Pratt, his granddaughter Elizabeth Murphy, and his beloved dog Amber.
John was born in Utica, New York on January 17, 1941. He graduated from Utica Free Academy and attended Clarkson University and Utica College. He was an Eagle Scout and a lifelong skier, teaching the sport to many in his family. He also spent many years working in the ski industry.
At the age of 21, he began a long career as a developer, launching a successful and long-lived road construction company in partnership with his father. He was subsequently in charge of several major infrastructure projects across Saudi Arabia, including in Dammam, Dhahran, Jeddah, and Riyadh. Eventually he settled in Fort Myers, Florida and began a second career as a hotelier. Beginning with the Thunderbird Apartments in downtown Ft. Myers, followed by the Pink Porpoise and ultimately Lovers’ Key on Ft. Myers Beach. This hotel was for years a popular destination for European visitors to south Florida.
Despite his reputation for being hard-nosed in business and a curmudgeon in his personal life, he was considered by those who loved him and knew him well to be fearless, vibrant, compassionate, a wonderful storyteller and a great wit. Unlike many people, the older he got, the more liberal he became. He was a staunch supporter of those less fortunate, a forward-thinking progressive who never lost his faith in humankind.
Special thanks go out from the family to Lee Health Home Care nurse Nikki Greer and personal aide Ronda Sides also special thanks to Alisha Pratt for being there at the end.
The family will mark his passing with a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the ASPCA or your local humane society.
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