Pamela Jean “Pam” Bailey (nee Peterson) at Bridgepoint Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, on Sunday, March 5, 2023, age 61 years.
Survived by loving husband David Bailey and adoring daughter Julie West (Bart). Dear daughter of John Peterson and the late Marilyn Peterson, and beloved sister of Dennis Peterson (Maria) and cherished aunt of nephews, Ethan Peterson and Simon Peterson, and fondly remembered by many other extended family members and friends.
Pamela Jean Bailey was born on June 28, 1961, as an independent farm girl, a trait which stood her well for the rest of her life. She enjoyed Grandma and Grandpa next door, lots of attention from Mimi and Gramps and her parents, and was able to tolerate her older brother, at least some of the time.
Due to a change in circumstances and after a brief stint in Florida, Pamela and her family moved from the farm to Kingsville where Pamela kept old friends, made new ones and enjoyed her teenage years. When it came time for college, Pamela began a new life as a student and young adult in Toronto. The world was opened up and she became a fine young woman.
In her early 20’s she suffered the unfortunate passing of her mother. She decided that it was time to go back to her roots and return to Kingsville. This was a new beginning for her which led to obtaining degrees in psychology and social work and meeting the man of her dreams and husband, David, with the most important outcome being mother to David’s lovely and talented daughter, Julie.
Career opportunities arose and the young family moved to Toronto where they quickly enjoyed their new city which became their cherished home. Even a work posting for David in Hong Kong was not sufficient to eliminate the desire to return to their Toronto home.
Pamela worked in her chosen field of social work in both Kingsville and Toronto which brought her much professional satisfaction.
Eventually her pride and joy, Julie, obtained a university degree and commenced her professional career, and Dave retired from a very successful career as an executive. This was perfect timing for a number of winters in Mexico with new friends and new experiences.
We were all very saddened with her untimely cancer diagnosis and we greatly respected the attentive care during her illness by her most dedicated David and Julie.
Pamela was a character. Outspoken and insightful, expressing conviction and understanding, humorous and an observer of life, and cherished by all, Pamela is in our hearts.
To the living I am gone
To the sorrowful I will never return
To the angry I was cheated
But to the happy, I am at peace
And to the faithful, I have never left.
I cannot speak but I can listen,
I cannot be seen but I can be heard
So as you stand gazing at the stars,
Remember me in your heart and in your thoughts
The memories of the times we loved
The memories of the time we shared.
For if you always think of me, I will never be truly gone.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Donations in the memory of Pamela may be made to:
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital