July 5, 1932 – November 22, 2020
Pamela Dorée Tock was born July 5, 1932 in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire County, England, the second of three sisters.
She was a precocious, strong-willed child who loved to play tennis and sing. At the start of the Second World War, she and her sisters, Patricia and Prudence, were briefly separated from their parents when they were evacuated to Wales to escape enemy bombing raids on the east coast.
Her childhood experiences during the war left an indelible impression on Pamela. For the rest of her life, she would ensure all curtains in her home were tightly closed at sunset.
While she always placed the highest value on respect, responsibility and manners, Pamela also had a maverick streak. As a young adult she developed wanderlust and, to her very proper parents’ dismay, hatched a plan to see the world.
After acquiring portable job skills at secretarial college, Pamela spent most of the 1950s traveling around North America, taking office jobs in cities like San Fransisco, Los Angeles, Dallas and New Orleans.
In Montreal, Pamela met Hilda Gordon, who would become her traveling companion and lifelong friend.
The free-spirited duo refused to be held captive by the buttoned-down culture of the era. Leaving Montreal behind, they piled their possessions into a Studebaker Pamela bought for $20 and drove 4,500 km to the West Coast, where they would both settle down for the rest of their lives.
In 1960 Pamela was set up on a blind date with John Hanon, a young soldier who fell madly in love with her. The couple married on December 8, 1961 and raised five children.
In 1973 the family moved to Aldergrove, where the couple became active in their local church, St. Dunstan’s Anglican and later County Line Christian Fellowship. A decade or so later John and Pamela were among the original members of the Aldergrove Vineyard Christian Fellowship. Whatever congregation they attended, Pamela would sing with all her heart – and lungs – every Sunday, joyfully belting out hymns and worship songs in clear soprano.
Upon retirement, the couple immersed themselves in volunteer work, particularly with the local food bank, historical society and wetlands conservation organization. Eventually, they sold their home in Aldergrove and moved to a retirement community in Abbotsford.
John passed away on Remembrance Day 2010, just four weeks before their 49th wedding anniversary. Their two daughters, Sarah and Rachel, became Pamela’s loving and faithful caregivers.
Pamela was reunited with John on November 22, 2020, passing away in her sleep.
She is survived by children James (Hiedi), Andrew (Sakuntla), Sarah, Rachel McAvoy, and Matthew, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
A celebration of Pamela’s life will be held in the near future.
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