HERMITAGE, Pennsylvania (MyValleyTributes) – UPDATE: Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 8, in Our Lady of Fatima Church, 601 Roemer Blvd., Farrell, with Rev. Matthew Ruyechan, as celebrant. 

Internment will be in St. Rose Cemetery, Hermitage, where military honors will be rendered by the Wheatland A.L. and Farrell and West Middlesex VFW Honor Guard.

Timothy “Tim” E. Pratt, 62, formerly of Hermitage, Pennsylvania passed away, Sunday, November 28, 2021, in The Community Hospice and Palliative Care Facility in Fernandina Beach, Florida, with his family by his side. 

Tim was born on June 7, 1959, in Sharon, Pennsylvania, a son of the late Joseph and Joan Pratt. 

Tim was raised in Hermitage and graduated from Hickory High School in 1977.

Shortly after graduation, Tim enlisted in the US Army and honorably served his country in the Elite Berlin Brigade, Company F40th Armor. The F40th Armored was the only unit stationed behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. They were stationed 110 plus miles from the Freedoms of West Germany, inside of Soviet occupied East Germany. 

Tim graduated with honors from Long Beach University and later completed his master’s degree at The Florida Institute of Technology.  

Throughout his career, Tim’s employment supported programs critical to national security. His career started while serving in the U.S. Army as part of the “Elite” Berlin Brigade. He continued his career with Hughes Aircraft (El Segundo, California); Trident Data Systems (Cape Canaveral, Florida) and ultimately, Fincantieri (Jacksonville, Florida).  

In addition to reading and listening to music, Tim also enjoyed riding his Harley and spending time with his family, friends and Army buddies. Tim was known as a lifelong Pittsburgh Steelers fan, he loved talking Steelers history and was fortunate to work for the Steelers at one time. 

Tim was also active it the community as a member of the Florida Citrus Commissions and was recognized by the Westmoreland County United Way. 

Tim is survived by his fiancée and caregiver, Maggie Torres; his daughter, Ashley of Jacksonville, Florida; two sons, Tyler of Viera, Florida and Collin of Merritt Island, Florida; grandson, Emmett and three brothers, Jerry (Jean) Pratt of Sharpsville, Pennsylvania, Mike (Diana) Pratt of Aldie, Virginia and Tom (Bobbie) Pratt of Edinburg, Pennsylvania. Tom will be greatly missed by his many nieces, nephews, neighbors and his three little angels, Maddie, Jayson and Olivia. 

In addition to his parents, Tim was preceded in death by a brother, Bob Pratt. 

The family would like to thank the staff at the Community Hospice and Palliative Care facility in Fernandina Beach, Florida, as well as Dr. Mark Weber in Jacksonville. 

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 28105. 

  

Internment will be in St. Rose Commentary, Hermitage, Pennsylvania.

Arrangements are being handled by the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc.

A television tribute will air Friday, December 3 at the following approximate times: 7:10 a.m. on FOX, 12:22 p.m. on WKBN, 5:08 p.m. on MyYTV and 7:27 p.m. on WYTV.