John Pratt

Obituary of John Ernest Pratt

PRATT, John Ernest “Jack” 86 years, passed away August 1st, 2019. Beloved husband of Madeline. Dear father of Chris and Karen Pratt, stepfather to Gail Rogers (deceased), Pauline Malott (Mark) and Kathy Rogers. Grandfather to Ryan, Katie, Caleb, Josiah, Pamela (Niko), Joshua (Stephanie), Samantha (Travis), Thomasina (Spencer) and Julia, great grandfather to Ethan, Olivia, Emma, Colton and Alexander, Courtney, Amberlin, Maddy and Nate. John Ernest Pratt was born in Cottam, Ont. on October 26, 1932 to Iva and Earl Pratt. John was brother to Maxine Jones (Bob). As a child he was an entrepreneur selling eggs to his own mother and strawberries to a neighbour who had his own strawberry patch. John saved his money and was able to get Maxine to buy him candy with hers. In 1960 John bought his father’s hardware store in Cottam ON. John then went on to become an independent dealer and was one of the founding fathers and a board member of Home Hardware. In 1966 John along with his brother in law Bob Jones and his friend Fred Fitch started to build Belleview Golf Course and officially opened in August of 1967. John eventually bought out his partners to become sole owner of Belleview Golf Club. John's love of travel led him to the Bahamas where he spent his winters between Freeport and Abaco. Friends and family visited John and Madeline there over the years, and thanks to their hospitality, many good times were had by all. John will be greatly missed but his legacy of Belleview Golf Club will live on. A private family service was held August 6th, 2019 and John was laid to rest at Evergreen Memorial Park in Leamington, ON. Many thanks to the amazing staff and friends of Iler Home in Essex who took great care of John in his final years and supported our family beyond measure. Our thanks to Dr. Kelton, Dr. Klassan and Dr. Sheehan for the wonderful medical care that John received over the years. Donations made to the Alzheimer’s Society would greatly be appreciated. Family and friends are invited to make a donation or share their memories online at


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