Herb Pragnell – obituary

Pragnell, Herb-1-23-05-2014PRAGNELL,

HERBERT FRANCIS

(January 28, 1922-May 22, 2014)

At 92 years of age, Herb Pragnell died peacefully at the Almonte General Hospital on Thursday, May 22, 2014 after a short illness.  Herb was born and raised in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba as one of four boys of the late Alice and Walter Pragnell.  He was a loving husband to Helen (64 years) and proud father of Ian (Nancy), Scott (Eileen), David (Heather) and Richard (Charlotte).  Beloved Gramps to seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter.  He will be greatly missed by the family and Donata, his caregiver and friend.  A member of the Wartime RMC class of 1940-1942, Herb served overseas with the Royal Canadian Engineers in England, and then with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) in Italy and during the liberation of Holland.  Post-war, Herb completed his Civil Engineering degree at McGill University and spent most of his career with the Defense Research Board in Ottawa.  He and his family moved to Almonte in 1959 and put down strong roots.  Herb enjoyed singing in the Almonte United Church Choir and worked tirelessly for his community in the Lion’s Club, Almonte Legion, town and county councils as well as many volunteer groups.  As an amateur historian, Herb was also a founding member of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum.  He will be remembered as an avid golfer and life member of the Mississippi Golf Club.  He played his last game at 89 but continued to coach until the end.  Donations to the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum or the R. Tait McKenzie
Scholarship Fund.  God Bless.

Family and Friends May Call The

C. R. Gamble Funeral Home & Chapel Inc.

(127 Church St., Almonte, ON., 613-256-3313)

On Monday, May 26, 2014 from 2 to 4pm and 7 to 9pm.  A Legion Service will be on Monday at 6:45pm with a Lion’s Club Ceremony to follow.  Funeral Service to be held at the Almonte United Church on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 10am.  Reception to follow in Church Hall.  Private Family interment at Auld Kirk Cemetery.

Condolences and Tributes: www.crgamble.com