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Howard E. Pratt
October 18, 1932 ~ January 20, 2024 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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West Warren - Howard E. “Howie” Pratt, 91, of West Warren, died on Saturday, January 20, 2024 at Baystate Wing Hospital in Palmer.
He leaves his loving and devoted wife of 40 years, Sylvia A. (Dubois) Pratt; his son, David E. Dubois and his wife Maria of Sturbridge, as well as his two grandchildren, Drake and Monique, several nieces and nephews and many friends. He was predeceased by his six siblings, Norbert, Vernon, William, Norma, June, and Barbara. He was born in West Warren, son of the late William and Mary A. (Chabot) Pratt and was a life-long resident of the town.
Growing up, Howard worked for his father at the local corner store. He then enlisted in United States Army, where he served during the Korean War. Following his discharge, he graduated from the former Worcester State College where he earned a degree in Business Administration. He worked for several local industries including the former Chapman Valve, Ludlow Paper, and Warren Pumps. He really found his calling though when he became a Career Counsellor with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Department of Employment Services where he worked for 30 years until his retirement.
Known as Howie to most, he was very active in the local community of West Warren. He served on the School Committee, the Democratic Town Committee, and as Quartermaster of the former VFW Post 8606 in West Warren. He also served as the Assistant Director of the Senior Center for many years where he enjoyed organizing the card parties and bingo, as well as setting up and traveling on local bus trips with the seniors. He would selflessly offer assistance to most anyone, and was always willing to lend a hand when needed.
A Funeral Mass for Howard will be held on Thursday, January 25, 2024 at 11:00am in St. Stanislaus Church, 2270 Main St., in West Warren. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday evening, January 24, 2024 from 5:30 to 7:30pm in the Varnum Funeral Home, Inc., 43 East Main St., in West Brookfield. A short time of visitation will also be held on Thursday morning from 10 to 10:30am in the funeral home prior to the procession to the church for mass. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or at act.alz.org
An online guest book is available at varnumfuneralhome.com