Former longtime Discovery FCU Board Member passes away at 85

Longtime Discovery FCU Board Member, Richard (Dick) Pratt passes away at 85.

Richard (Dick) Henry Pratt, 85, formerly of Spring Township and recently of The Highlands at Wyomissing, passed away peacefully in his residence the afternoon of Thursday, July 29, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Springfield, MA, the son of late Henry and Anna (Shea) Pratt. Dick studied Industrial Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He settled as a young man in the Reading, PA area and enjoyed a 33-year career as an engineer with Western Electric/AT&T. Dick was a longtime board member of Discovery Federal Credit Union and served as the Chairman of the Board for multiple years. He was a member of the credit union for nearly 30 years.

 

Dick was first elected to the Board of Directors in January 1995 when the credit union was named Reading Works Federal Credit Union and serving the employees of Western Electric. He was elected the Chairperson of the Board in 1999 and served in that capacity until 2004. During his tenure as chairperson, Discovery FCU’s assets grew from $59,750,000 to $82,9479,000. Thanks to Dick’s leadership and vision, Discovery FCU also accomplished three major milestones during the time of his chairmanship. The renaming of Reading Works FCU to Discovery FCU, the conversion of Discovery FCU’s charter to a community charter service all of Berks County, and the beginning of the project to build Discovery FCU’s current branch and headquarters. Without Dick’s guidance, none of these milestones could have been achieved. However, true o his humble nature, Dick deflected all of the praise for these accomplishments and instead choose to praise his fellow board members and the staff of Discovery FCU for these achievements.

 

After his years as Chairperson of the Board, Dick remained an active member of the Board of Directors until his retirement from the board in 2017. A total of 22 years of service to Discovery FCU and its membership. During these years he chaired various standing committees of the board. At the time of his leaving the board, Discovery FCU’s assets had grown to approximately $130,708,000 in no small part to Dick’s stellar involvement on the Board of Directors. He will have an everlasting impact on Discovery FCU and his presence will be missed by many.

 

Dick was a man of great faith who was devoted to his church, family, and friends. He was an active member of St. Ignatius Loyola Roman Catholic Church. After his retirement from AT&T, he became the Director of Facilities for St. Ignatius and also served as a Eucharistic minister and greeter. He is survived by sons: David, and wife Sharon of Coplay; Robert, and wife Theresa Szymborski, of Muhlenberg Township, daughter Kelly Schreffler of Sinking Spring; his seven grandchildren, Amanda (wife of Kevin), Eric, Colin, Tristan, Andrew, Heather and Penny; his two great-granddaughters Tessa and Seneca; and his sister Marcia Sullivan of Fayetteville, NC. Dick was predeceased by his first wife Helen (Cullen) in 1967, his second wife Penny (Klinka) in 1985, and his longtime companion, Mary Devlin, in 2017. He was also predeceased by his brother Gerald, 2014.

 

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dick’s memory may be offered to St. Ignatius, 2810 St. Albans Drive, Reading, PA 19608. Condolences, tributes, and fond memories may be expressed at www.kuhnfuneralhomes.com.

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