Obituary for Pam Crosby
Pam passed away peacefully at Markham Stouffville Hospital at the age of 70 on September 25, surrounded by family after a long and brave battle with Alzheimer’s. Beloved wife of Glenn for 48 years, devoted and much loved mother of Lindsay (Ian McGuire) and Stephanie, and Nana to Sarah and Emily.
Born in 1947, oldest daughter of Bill and Doris Abbott and older sister to Ted Abbott (Mary Lou Mackie). Pam first met Glenn at St. Jude’s Anglican Church while in high school, and were married in 1969.
Pam began her teaching career in 1967 in North York, and became a science teacher extraordinaire from her time when she was seconded to the Ontario Science Centre. She later moved to York Region where she shared her love of science at Roy H. Crosby P.S. and Central Park P.S. in Markham. Pam made lasting impressions as a teacher and was known as someone who brought out the best in her students through her high standards, support and guidance. She took teaching outside of the classroom and encouraged her students to be independent thinkers and open minded individuals.
Soon after Pam and Glenn got married, they embarked on a lifelong adventure - the building of their cottage that would become a second home and the foundation of the family. Pam spent summers with Glenn and the girls up north filled with amazing memories and adventures. There was always an open door, and weekends and holidays meant more friends, neighbours, laughs and endless stories.
Living in Unionville for over 30 years allowed Pam and Glenn to get involved in their community including Central United Church and Unionville Festival. This was the beginning of many lifelong friendships. The well-kept garden at the house on Fonthill Blvd was always a welcoming place, with dinner parties, social gatherings and lots of laughs.
After retiring from teaching and moving to Ballantrae in 2002, Pam and Glenn enjoyed their next chapter of life, which included a love of golf, travelling, becoming grandparents and spending more time at the cottage.
Other than Glenn, the loves of Pam’s life were her daughters. She was challenging and supportive of her children and always sought to help them excel. She passed onto them the values of hard work, compassion, empathy and curiosity which have served them well over the years.
We extend the warmest thanks to family and friends who have helped support us through this difficult journey. We are immensely grateful for the incredible staff, care and support Pam received over the past two years as a resident of Union Villa.
A celebration of life will be held at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home, 8911 Woodbine Avenue, Markham Ontario on Sunday October 1st, 2017 at 2pm with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to Unionville Home Society (www.uhs.on.ca) would be appreciated. For more information and online condolences, please visit www.chapelridgefh.com