FREDERICK BLAKE PRATT
(February 20, 1928 – February 20, 2013)
On his 85th birthday, Blake died peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Comox, B.C., after suffering complications due to a recent fall, and exacerbated by his 15-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Blake is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Margaret; his daughter Brenda (Jim) Cote; his son Miles (Donna) Pratt; their mother Therese Pratt, and many nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his father Frederick, in 1971; his mother Eveline, in 2004; his brother Wayne, and more recently his sister Jean (Beatty), in December, 2012.
Blake was born in Rockglen, Saskatchewan and spent his elementary and secondary school years in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. When the family moved to Edmonton, Alberta in 1944, Blake spent 11 years as an architectural draftsman and then decided to become a licensed architect. After four years of study, and passing seven examinations, he became a licensed architect in 1961 and subsequently opened his own architectural practice. In 1970, Blake joined the Planning & Development Department at the University of Alberta as an Assistant Project Officer, and ultimately became Acting Director. In 1990, despite being offered the position of Director, he decided to take early retirement. In 2003, he was awarded a Life Membership in the Alberta Association of Architects in recognition of his contributions to the profession of architecture.
Many thanks are due to both Dr. Harris and Dr. Neufeld, and also to all the staff in Palliative Care for the kindness, support and compassion they provided Blake. At his request, there will be no Memorial Service.