Jay N. Pratt, Sr., 81

Jay N. Pratt, Sr., 81, of Limerick, husband of the late Norma Dawn (Moyer) Pratt, passed away peacefully on Tuesday October 4, 2022 at Phoenixville Hospital with his son and daughter-in-law by his side.

Born in Somerset Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late William and Dorothy (Kelly) Pratt.

Jay grew up in Bobtown, PA and graduated from Mapletown High School in Greene County.

Jay was a big fan of the Philadelphia sports teams, especially the Eagles and Phillies and enjoyed watching the games on TV and discussing them with family and friends.

He also enjoyed watching horse racing and having breakfast out on an almost daily basis. He always looked forward to meeting up with his son and daughter- in- law for dinner several times a week.

Jay loved spending time with his family and many friends and enjoyed the many simple blessings life offered him.

He worked as a park ranger with the Montgomery County Park System retiring from that role and also drove a school van for special needs students for STA for over 20 years.

Jay truly enjoyed helping people and he will be dearly missed. His graciousness and kindness will always be remembered by all who knew him.

Surviving is his son Steven Pratt husband of Melissa “Missy”; and his brother George “Bill” Pratt.

Along with his wife and parents, Jay was predeceased by his sister Betty Spanovich and brothers Harlan Ray Pratt and Roger Pratt.

Steven and Missy also express their deep appreciation to Dad’s medical teams who showed kindness and compasionate care over the years including Pottstown Tower Health Oncology; Amin Medical Center; Cardiology Consultants; and most recently the Phoenixville Hospital doctors, nurses and support staff.

A Memorial Service will be held Thursday October 13, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Ltd., 595 W. Main St., Trappe, PA 19426. Interment will follow at Limerick Garden of Memories. Visitation will be held Thursday from 9:00-11:00 AM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in Jay’s memory to Meals On Wheels, 1976 E. High St., #203, Pottstown, PA 19464.

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I was Mr. Pratt’s volunteer Meals on Wheels delivery driver and it breaks my heart to think I won’t see his smiling face again. So many words which could be used to describe him, such as gracious, charming, gallant, and appreciative. He made me smile every time a delivered his meal and I loved seeing him in his red Converse sneakers, not to mention his use of cologne. He was a true gentleman who would say “there’s my girl!” when I arrived with his meal, and he would always open my car door for me and greet me with a kiss on the cheek. When I left he always said “God bless you, you be safe driving, and I love you” along with his appreciation for my volunteering to deliver meals. He was my favorite client to visit with and I will never forget this wonderful gentleman . My sincerest condolences go to his family. He was truly one in a million.

~ Alicia Harrison
10/13/2022 11:56:11 AM

Dear Pratt Family, My husband, Charles, and I often saw Mr. Jay at his door or in his car running errands. He was a wonderful person and approachable. He always had a smile and kind words for us. He called me Pretty Girl, and I was flattered that he would refer to me as such. Then I recently learned, I was not the only one He called Pretty Girl. I was told by his dear friend and neighbor, Trish, he had trouble remembering names and so the made up name was how he referred to all of the females whose name he could not recall. Go figure, I thought I was the only one! I got a great chuckle after learning this a few days ago. He was a genuine person who made sure to acknowledge neighbors he encountered. His presence in our community will be greatly missed as we often ran into him. Take comfort in knowing he was a great person. We are so sorry for your loss and pray for peace as your family grieves his departure from your lives.

~ Roslyn Johnson Royersford, PA
10/12/2022 1:23:41 PM

My heartfelt condolences to Jay’s family and many friends. He was the best neighbor, the kind we rarely meet. His concern for others and his willingness to help was well known on Winged Foot Ct. God bless him, may he Rest In Peace Mimi Jones

~ Mimi Jones
10/12/2022 12:27:58 PM

Mr and Mrs Pratt You do not know me but I knew your father from coming into the Lakeview Cafe. He was such a kind and wonderful person. He was known well by the workers and owner there and we all looked forward to seeing him. As many of your friends said he always had a smile on his face no matter how bad he felt. I was so fortunate to have known him and he is sadly missed by all at the cafe. His suffering is over and is in a better place. Your family was so lucky to have such a wonderful Dad. Rest In Peace Mr Jay. That is what all of us called him

~ Eloise Franz
10/11/2022 7:22:42 PM

We only knew Mr. Pratt when our evening walks took us by his home. He always popped his head out with a cheery hello. It was the highlight of our walks. We could definitely see why he is very much liked, and missed.

~ Jeff Paris
10/11/2022 4:21:25 PM

My cousin Norma was blessed to have such a wonderful husband. I was always very thankful to have been in their wedding. Jay and I only talked on the phone a few times a year and the conversations will always be remembered by hearing his happy voice. Steve and Missy you were loved so much by Jay. May Jay Rest In Peace.

~ Marlene Schoell Palmer Fort Myers, FL
10/10/2022 12:18:48 PM

I will miss seeing his beautiful smile when he would come visit at the office. Steve I am so sorry and miss you for the loss of your amazing father he was an extremely kind and had such a beautiful Soul and Spirit he will truly be missed. Love, Tobey

~ Tobey Schmidt Pottstown, PA
10/9/2022 1:27:28 PM

Jay’s Phillies are in the playoffs…oh I will miss taking sports with him. He would’ve loved what the Phils are doing! It is so tough to look out my window or get in my car and not see his smiling face. Even though he was in pain Jay always had a smile for you and a “call me if you need me”. Always willing to lend a hand. A good neighbor and great friend! I pray you are at peace now. I will miss you…my Friend.

~ Brian Ortlieb
10/9/2022 12:35:35 PM

Jay was one of the nicest people I have ever known. He will surely be missed by everyone whose lives he has touched.

~ Charlie Gulick Pottstown, PA
10/9/2022 11:23:35 AM

My heart is deeply saddened upon hearing the news of Jay’s passing. He was the kindest, most loving and selfless man I ever had the honor of knowing. His life was a true testament of the Lord’s greatest teaching,“to love one another”. Although only having the pleasure of knowing them a few years, both Jay and his beloved wife Norma touched our lives and so many others with their sincere love, joy and unending kindness. Due to that powerful impact on so many lives, they will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Jay and may angels guide your reunion with Norma in heaven. Our deepest condolences to Steve, Missy and the entire Pratt family. Donna, Jamie & Jared

~ Donna George
10/9/2022 9:38:31 AM

My dear Dad: I don’t know what to say. As our pain eventually fades and is entirely replaced by the great memories of everything you, Missy and I have had the blessings and pleasure to do and share over the years things will get easier. Whether it the daily phone calls; meals together; attending a game or watching one on TV or just being around each other with no game plan other than to spend time together the time Missy, you and I spent together was priceless and will never be forgotten. Never remember a complaint from you despite all that you were going through- always encouraging Missy and I with unyielding love The care you gave Mom when she was not well is a testament to the wonderful man you are! Our last conversation ended as so many previous had- you thanked me and told me how much you loved us. I told you how much we loved you and appreciate all that you have done for Missy and I You could never do enough to help us or your many other friends! We both said “love ya-see you tomorrow” Unfortunately Pop the intervening days were difficult and you fought hard to come home. That “tomorrow” never came and will have to wait a bit longer until I see your beautiful face again and reconnect in Heaven Thank you for all you have done for me for 54 years without any expectation in return. I hope I’ve made you proud. As your obituary states your kindness and graciousness will never be forgotten! I will simply end by saying Thank-you for being my Dad - it has been a privilege and honor to call you “my Dad” and I will LOVE YOU FOREVER ?? And think of our wonderful times together everyday ! Your son Steve

~ Steven Pratt Collegeville, Pa
10/8/2022 7:45:36 PM

On Tuesday, October 4, a light was extinguished with the passing of dear Jay. In addition to being a good neighbor, Jay was a great friend and a kind, caring person. Those who were blessed to have known him knew they were in the presence of a gentle soul who enjoyed making others feel loved and cared about. I was personally blessed to have experienced the kindness, integrity, and friendship of Jay. Regardless of what he was going through in his life, he would always be there for me without my even having to ask. Although we have lost Jay's physical presence, the memories will remain. While I will miss Jay, I know that heaven has gained an angel!

~ Trish Monaghan Limerick, PA
10/8/2022 2:38:42 PM

I want to extend my sincere condolences about Jay’s passing. Jay was the kindness and most compassionate man I’ve had the pleasure to meet. He exuded happiness and brought joy to everyone he met. He was the heart of our neighborhood circle, and will be greatly missed by all who have known him. He always called us ladies “pretty girl” and “beautiful lady,” which always brought a smile to my face. Jay always left his door open, so whenever he saw me outside, no matter the weather, he would call out his hello, ask me how I was, tell me to call him him if I ever needed anything, and that he loved me. He was such a kind soul. Despite his medical issues, I never saw him frown or look sad. He talked about his dinners with you Steve, and I know how much she loved you. I was there one night when he got a meals on wheels delivery and he invited me to stay for dinner; that’s the kind of man Jay was. He would give you the shirt off of his back. He helped me several times, most recently when he drove me to the emergency dentist after my Mom passed away in April. I was crying, he held my hand and gave me a big hug and told me it would ok and to call him if I need to talk. It was a blessing and a gift to have know Jay and call him my friend. I know he is now home with the Lord, spending time with his wife, watching the horses and the Eagles from the best seats in the house. I love you too, Jay. See you on the other side. Sincerely, Danielle McBride

~ Danielle McBride
10/8/2022 1:25:07 PM

I will truly miss my Uncle Jay. He loved his family. He was my person I could talk to about anything. He was gracious with his time. I will miss the phone calls and our conversations we had (the best father figure I ever had) I will treasure my weeks I spent with him when I was travel nursing. He was my “pride and joy”. RIP Uncle until we meet again.

~ Debbie Pratt
10/8/2022 1:16:38 PM

So very sorry to hear of Jay’s passing. Such a kind and thoughtful soul. We’ll miss your phone calls Jay. Rest in Peace??

~ Norm & Colleen Schoell
10/8/2022 12:33:49 PM