Date: Oct 28, 2016, 6:37 PM


Source: The Post Starr
New York State Trooper Timothy P. Pratt, age 55, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 at Albany Medical Center surrounded by his loving family and police brethren shortly following the tragic automobile incident that took place early that morning.

Born Jan. 9, 1961 in Glens Falls, Trooper Pratt was the son of the late Ruth M. (Wilsie) and Edward F. Pratt who spent their entire lives here in our South Glens Falls community. Tim graduated from South Glens Falls High School in 1979.

Shortly following his graduation his service to our country began as he joined the United States Air Force at the age of 18. He was honorably discharged in 1986 and went on to continue his life long career as a trooper with the New York State Police beginning on March 30, 1987. The duration of Tim's career was spent patrolling in Troop G, based out of the Wilton Barracks. He was assigned to the Traffic Incident Management (T.I.M.) detail. He was also a proud member of the elite State Police Motorcycle Unit where he recently led the 9/11 Memorial Motorcycle Ride from Albany to New York City.

Trooper Pratt was a member of the American Legion Post 574 and participated in an uncountable number of volunteer events and charities. His most cherished volunteer work was in his annual service to the students of South Glens Falls Marathon Dance as an alumni and member of the very first dance.

Tim's service to his country and community stands as a representation for his truest dedication, which was his service to his family. To many, Tim was known as “the go to guy.” He was the man you called first when you were in a pinch or needed a helping hand. Simply because, everyone knew, no matter what, he would be there. To his family, that call rarely needed to be made, as he was already a presence before anyone had a chance to dial his number. His love and affection for his children, grandchildren, and beloved fiancé have absolutely no measure.

While Tim was off duty he spent as much time as possible “riding in the wind” with the love of his life wrapped around him, or seated next to him depending on which ‘Toy' the weather called for. His passion for Harley Davidsons and Shelby Mustangs will remain in our hearts forever as we remember and honor this legendary man.

In addition to his parents; Tim was predeceased by his sister, Patricia Hall; and his brother-in-law, David LaFountain.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, James, Sarah and Shane Pratt; his grandchildren “baby girls” Taegan Eichhorn and Charlee Pratt; his fiancé and love of his life Sue Clarke and her children, Taylor and Hannah; his siblings, Michael Pratt, Kathleen Bourdeau and husband Joseph, Maureen Leggett and husband Michael, Laurie LaFountain, Mary Belair and husband Joe; brother-in-law, Paul Flood and wife Linda;the entire Godon family; many precious nieces and nephews; as well as many, many friends.

Friends may call on the family from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in the South Glens Falls High School gymnasium, 42 Merritt Road South, South Glens Falls, NY 12803.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31, in St. Michael's Church, 80 Saratoga Avenue, South Glens Falls, NY 12803, with the Reverend Guy A. Childs, officiating.

Rite of committal will take place for family, close friends, and co-workers at 2 p.m. at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Rd., Schuylerville, NY 12871.

The family suggests donations in Tim's name may be made to the South Glens Falls Marathon Dance, c/o South Glens Falls School, 42 Merritt Road South, South Glens Falls, NY 12803, or to Signal 30 Fund, NYS Troopers PBA, 120 State Street, Albany, NY 12207. The Signal 30 benefit fund was created by the New York State Troopers PBA. It is a federally recognized charity created to assist families of police officers in their time of greatest need. Administrative costs are covered by the PBA so 100% of all donations go directly toward helping these families. Donations are tax deductible.

Arrangement are in the care of M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 136 Main Street, South Glens Falls, NY 12803. To view Tim's Book of Memories and post online condolences please visit www.kilmerfuneralhome.com.