FORMER Frodsham teacher Pamela Joan Hall has lost her three-year battle against metastatic breast cancer.
She died peacefully at Warrington General Hospital last Saturday (July 26) aged 67.
Pamela was a well-known and popular personality in Frodsham where she lived for 40 years.
She was the first deputy head of Weaver Vale Primary School when it opened 40 years ago and a passionate local historian.
She taught and inspired hundreds of children during her five years at Weaver Vale School in Ship Street, and made many friends and colleagues in the voluntary work she undertook in the community.
For many years Pamela was a valued member of Frodsham and District Local History Group, and as secretary she led the successful bid for a £29,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to conserve the group’s treasured archive of 8,000 historical photographs, dating from 1850.
The digital images will be available through the National Archives website and will also be used to enable children to learn about the history and heritage of Frodsham.
Her friend and fellow history group member, Beryl Wainwright, said: “Pam was a wonderful secretary and an inspiration to us all. She was such a warm, generous person, very sincere – and we’ll miss her.”
Pamela was also a volunteer at Castle Park Arts Centre, and secretary of the local branch of the National Association of Headteachers’ Retirement Community.
She organised a candlelit vigil in Main Street in 2003, when she rallied residents in a peaceful protest against the war in Iraq.
Pamela was born in Bedford and, after training as a teacher, she and her husband, Geoffrey, lived in Sheffield before moving to Grasmere Road, Frodsham in 1968.
The couple moved to Carriage Drive in 1976, where they brought up their only child, Richard, 34, who lives in Manchester.
After a six-year career break, Pamela returned to work at Park Infant School, Runcorn, and went on to become headteacher at Lyme Infant School, Newton-le-Willows; and then Carr Mill Infant School, St Helens, before retiring in the mid-1990s. Her husband died in 1998.
Her son Richard said: “Mum loved living in Frodsham, especially up on the hill in Carriage Drive, which she thought was so beautiful and natural.”
Pamela’s funeral is on Friday, August 8, with a service at Walton Lea Crematorium at 2pm. There will be no floral tributes but donations, if wished, to Penny Brohn Cancer Care c/o Natural Endings Funeral Directors on 0161 969 6690.