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Welcome. This is The Pratley Company.
We started this blog about Pops in November of 2010.
It was initially called This Is Pops but we’ve now relocated the content to this new blog, as we’ve started a business that we’ve named after Pops – The Pratley Company.
At the time, Pops was having treatment for chemotherapy due to the prostate cancer that he had battled with for a number of years. However, throughout the fight he always held his head up high, smiled, cracked a joke, and never really let on to the personal troubles he was dealing with behind closed doors.
Around that same time we’d bought Pops a new Apple iMac. For an 80-year-old man that had never even been onto the internet before, it was a revelation. Everyone in the family got daily phone calls with every question under the sun. My personal favourite being, “You know this internet thing? Is there anything about golf on there?”
What pursued was a beautiful battle of old-school mentality versus new-school technology. This was one of the founding principles that inspired The Pratley Company.
Never one to give up, Pops eventually made it onto Facebook where he connected with old friends around the world. He mastered Skype, and although typing was never his forte, he’d manage to string a few emails together, which had the reader in stitches every time. Not only was the content hilarious, but the typos lead to some funny reading too. But I don’t think anyone would have wanted it any different. His whole world really changed with every new thing he learnt on that Mac.
Pops lived an interesting life, having grown up in Coventry (England) during World War II. When Hitler decided to bomb England's main industrial city, Pops was evacuated out to the country aged 12, finding himself in a small country village called Middleton (not far from where the Belfry Golf Club now lies). As a city kid now on a farm, he was suddenly expected to "clean the shit out" (as he used to say). He even had to take a squealing pig to slaughter whilst on the way to school.
Pops went on to start, run, and eventually sell his own precision engineering firm in Coventry called Midland Diamond Tooling. He eventually sold the company to an American firm and then retired. In his later years his days revolved around playing golf, and spending time with family near his home in Solihull, England. A daily phone call to Pops was entertaining to say the least, and a weekend visit was full of hilarious quotes and entertainment.
Pops’s real name was Raymond Pratley. He was husband to Joyce, father to Sue and Keith, and Pops to Pete, Jigs, Charl & Casey and he constantly kept us entertained with stories of growing up during the war, what he did that day, how he dealt with a problem, and what he had planned for the week ahead.
On 29th November 2011, Pops finally went to sleep for the last time. He passed at home with his family around him. He has left behind a legacy of stories and memories to those who had known and loved him.
This blog serves two purposes:
To celebrate Pops by sharing some of the funny moments he gave usTo update you on what’s happening at The Pratley Company
The Pratley Company was started in Pops’ honour. And we’re hoping to do him proud.