Pamela Grace Kelly 1930 – 2014
Pam, a mother of three - Andrea, Julie and Robert - and grandmother to 7 grandchildren came to Henfield with Husband Terry in 1972.
Their passion and love of playing the addictive game of tournament bridge soon brought them into contact with like minded local Henfield players, and with their combined efforts they brought about the establishment of the HENFIELD DUPLICATE BRIDGE SOCIETY
Pam was a Branch Manager for a Building Society based in the Carfax Horsham, and her administrative skills made her an ideal choice for the key position of Congress Secretary, a position she held and maintained for 25 years. She increased the number of entries in leaps and bounds, achieving in her final years of office record numbers of teams of 4 in excess of 240 bridge players locked in battle to win the prestigious ‘Candles’ Trophy !
In those days the wizardry of computer scoring was not available, but Pam was able to produce the results, typed and ready for distribution to the various clubs, by the following day.
On retirement from her full time job Pam pursued her bridge interest by supporting husband Terry in the establishment of duplicate bridge clubs in Southwick, Steyning, Hove and East Grinstead. She also contributed to the club’s success of building a strong membership base by partnering, playing and assisting early learners to improve their game.
Pam’s greatest achievement was the creation of a Holiday Travel business, organising winter bridge breaks in Portugal and Spain solely for bridge students, an activity which she she maintained for several years .
In November 2011 Pam was struck down with Alzhiemer’s Disease, but thanks to close bridge friends she was able to carry on playing bridge at the ABCD Club. Her family are eternally grateful to Pam’s bridge friends who went out their way to ensure that Pam, in her final years, was able to continue to enjoy playing the game that she loved. .
Pam's Requiem Funeral Mass was held at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Henfield, and the level of her popularity was reflected by the 120 or more mourners who attended the service, which also included the former Chairman of the English Bridge Union Mrs Sally Bugden.
Terry and Pam's family want to place on record their gratitude to Joan Sanders, Irene Haws and Claire Grimes who all showed a great deal of patience, kindness and compassion by playing bridge with Pam on a regular basis. This enabled her to get involved in local activities, all of which gave Pam great of joy and happiness in her final years.
The sum of £225.00 was raised for the chosen local charity ‘Know Dementia’ including a generous donation from a Swedish bridge friend in Stockholm
Our grateful thanks also go to the staff of ‘Know Dementia’, especially Jennie Morrison-Cowan who was hugely supportive to both Pam and Terry.