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Harry E. Pray, Jr.
January 28, 2024


CHICOPEE – Harry E. Pray, Jr., 89, a lifelong resident of the Aldenville section of Chicopee was Called Safely Home on Sunday, January 28, 2024. He passed into Eternal Life from his home surrounded by the care and comfort of his loving family. He was born in Chicopee on May 27, 1934, a beloved son of the late Harry E. and Luella Z. (Munn) Pray. He graduated Salutatorian from Cathedral High School in Springfield where he will fondly be remembered dancing to “Me and My Shadow.” He was a carpenter and superintendent for Fontaine Brothers Construction in Westfield. He was the Clerk of the Works for the City of Chicopee for several projects including the Fairview Memorial School and the Holyoke Police Department for the City of Holyoke. He was a Past President of the Chicopee Local 108 Carpenters Union. He was a talented carpenter and took great pride in remodeling his entire home. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Fairview Council 4044 in Chicopee and a Fourth Degree member of the Bishop Joseph F. Maguire Assembly 2670. In his younger years, he enjoyed skiing on Mount Tom in Holyoke. He was a member of the Kings and Queens Bowling Team at Airline Bowling in Springfield. He was a communicant of Sainte Rose de Lima Church in Chicopee where he was a former organist of the parish. Above all, he loved spending time with his family and many friends. He leaves his beloved wife and best friend, Lucille A. (Harnois) Pray. They were married on July 12, 1954 at Sainte Rose de Lima Church in Chicopee and were blessed with over 69 years of happiness together. He also leaves his six loving and devoted children, Harry E. “Chip” Pray III and his wife, Brenda Doucette, of Springfield, Gregory J. Pray of Holyoke, Celeste A. Turner and her husband, John of East Bridgewater, MA, Ellen M. Pray of Chicopee, Lauren J. Pray and her wife, Allison, of Methuen, and Donna M. Tapp and her husband, Jeffrey, of Chicopee; his eleven cherished grandchildren; his ten cherished great grandchildren; his dear sister in law, Elaine F. Scott of Chicopee; and his many dear nephews, nieces, cousins, extended family members and friends. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his dear brother, James M. “Jimmer” Pray; his dear brother in law, George M. Harnois and his wife, Noella; and his two dear sisters in law, Georgette Friend and her husband, Clarence, and Jeanne Berneche and her husband, Leonard. His family will receive friends on Sunday, February 4, 2024 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the St. Pierre-Phaneuf Aldenville Chapels, (413-532-9806), 13 Dale Street, Chicopee, MA 01020. The parking lot and main entrance of the funeral home are located in the rear at 20 Lafayette Street, Chicopee, MA 01020. His funeral will be held on Monday, February 5, 2024 beginning at the funeral home at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Sainte Rose de Lima Church, 594 Grattan Street, Chicopee, MA 01020. His Burial will follow the Mass at Sainte Rose Cemetery, 49 Olsen Street, Chicopee, MA 01020. His family requests that memorial donations be made in his memory to Saint Joan of Arc School, 587 Grattan Street, Chicopee, MA 01020 or to Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen and Pantry, 170 Pendexter Avenue, Chicopee, MA 01013. For more details and to leave his family condolence messages, please visit:

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St. Pierre-Phaneuf Aldenville Chapels
13 Dale Street
Chicopee, MA 01020