Pamela Grace Whelan
1953 - 2022
Pamela Grace Whelan’s family is saddened to announce that she died on August 18, 2022, at the far too early age of 69 years, at the end of an exhausting and courageous journey with stomach cancer. Pam passed peacefully at the palliative care unit of Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital in Toronto, surrounded by her family. In recent years, Pam’s principal residence was near Collingwood, but depending on the season and the moment she also called Toronto or Phoenix her home.
Pam will be lovingly remembered by Jerry, her husband of almost 40 years; children Laura (Dan Lytwyn), Patrick (Betty), and John; grandchildren Lucas and Oliver Whelan; sister Pat Jermey (Joe Micallef); uncle Jack Smith; as well as numerous extended family members and friends. Pam was predeceased by her brother Scott Jermey; and her parents Grant and Grace Jermey.
Pam grew up on Pine Plains Farm in Oro-Medonte Township, and in her youth was active in 4-H clubs, the Park Street concert band, and the Esson Presbyterian Church choir. Pam graduated from Park Street CI in 1971 and U of T in 1975 and subsequently obtained her Chartered Accountancy designation while working with Price Waterhouse in Toronto. While at Price Waterhouse she met the love of her life and best friend Jerry who she married in 1983. She worked for Creson Investments from 1981 to 1986 before settling into the joy of her life, raising three wonderful children with Jerry. More recently she also enjoyed being a grandmother to Lucas and Oliver. Pam passed her retirement years in the spring, summer and fall in the glorious country on the Niagara Escarpment near Collingwood, gardening, quilting, reading, puzzling, golfing at the Blue Mountain Golf Club, occasionally travelling and enjoying the company of family and friends.
Pam was a “salt of the earth” person. She always thought of others before herself, she resisted attention, and she had a wonderful sense of humour. While Pam always put her family first, she had many interests and enjoyed hosting friends, gardening, golf, crafts (quilting, watercolor paints), music, travel, reading and puzzles. Pam left an impression on all those she met even in the last few days of her life. Pam will live on in the hearts of her family and friends. Her laughter and love will stay with us forever.
Pam has been cremated. Visitations will take place in Toronto and Orillia on dates yet to be determined. A Service of Memorial and Thanksgiving will also take place in Toronto at a date yet to be determined. This service will be livestreamed and recorded for those not able to attend. For more information and to share your condolences, memories, photos, and, if desired, to make a donation in Pam’s memory, please visit www.mundellfuneralhome.com Pam’s ashes will be interred in the cemetery at Esson Presbyterian Church.