Pamela Beatrice Margaret Fish (Churcher)

Passed 01/24/2024


Obituary For Pamela Beatrice Margaret Fish (Churcher)

We are saddened to announce the sudden and unexpected death of Pamela Beatrice Margaret Fish (Churcher) on Jan 24, 2024 at age 98. She left this world exactly as she wanted – living independently at her home in downtown Halifax where as she loved to say, she was close to her bank, Pete’s, her hairdresser and most of all the liquor store! She often quipped that the secret to her long and healthy life was a glass of scotch a day!

Pam was born in Dalhousie, India to Colonel W. D. and E. Marjorie Churcher (Ball). She and her four siblings enjoyed a happy childhood in various locations in India, moving to England when she was 13. When WWII broke out, she joined the WRENS as a radio technician. Despite “no fraternizing” rules, she met and fell in love with a handsome young Canadian Navy lieutenant commander, John Fish, while posted in Plymouth. They married on Nov 12, 1945. From there she came to Canada as a war bride, landing at Pier 21, before boarding a train for the long trek to her new husband’s home in Vancouver – a story she loved to recount! The two attended UBC, where she majored in Physics (she unfortunately did not pass that math/science gene onto her daughter or grandchildren!) and played on the varsity field hockey team. After a year, she left to give birth to her son Robin John and upon husband John’s graduation as an economist, the family moved back to the U.K where daughter Fiona Margaret was born. They remained for 7 years before making a permanent home in Ottawa where she would live for 48 years.

Pam lived a comfortable and contented life there until tragedy struck – first her husband John suffered a fatal heart attack at age 42 and 3 years later, son Robin died in a car accident. With true British grit, she moved on with her life, having a successful career at CRA and keeping busy as volunteering at Ottawa Little Theatre, following her passion for bridge, gardening, and competitive tennis and badminton. She was an avid reader. At age 68 she retired and 11 years later sold her house and most of her belongings to move to Halifax to be with her daughter and grandchildren – who all wondered what took her so long. These last 2 decades were some of the happiest of her life. She made many new friends, bridge buddies, book club pals, and enjoyed a loving relationship with her son-in-law and the whole Diamond extended family. She loved her cottage in Chester, her visits to Bay Du Vin, her weekly hair appointments at Milos, her many family dinners at Da Maurizio and her famous Christmas Eve lobster parties.

Pam was pre-deceased by her parents, four siblings, Tony, John, Ann and Phillipa, husband John and son Robin. She is survived by her daughter Fiona (Brookes Diamond) and grandchildren William (Jenny) Halifax; Olivia, Halifax: Victoria, Montreal; and Harrison (Hillary) Halifax; nephews Michael O’Bree (Mireille); Brian O’Bree (Ciska); Jonathan Clark (Elizabeth) niece, Jane Clark and many great nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Ashburn Golf Club on Sat Feb 24 at 1 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Canada.

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  • 02/19/2024

    ,Cliff and I send deepest condolences to you Fiona and your family .Loss isn't any easier even in advanced years .Your mother seemed to have a full filling and interesting life.May she rest in peace.🙏🏻 Cathie&Cliff

  • 02/05/2024

    Fiona, just heard the sad news of your dear Mums' passing. Over the years I shared fun times with your Mom and Audrey. Denis remembers fondly staying at Pam's beautiful old house in Ottawa. You will all miss her she was so interesting and the life of the party.Muriel and Denis

  • 02/05/2024

    Pam was small but mighty. She didn't walk; she strode, and always with perfect posture. We first met Pam back in the 70's, when she came to Halifax, from Ottawa, to visit Fiona.She joined in our shenanigans with Brookes and Fiona, without hesitation or reservation and was always "game" for anything.. as her grandchildren will attest to. Her clever observations of any person or situation were delivered with dead accuracy in her usual dry manner. She recounted stories of her childhood growing up in India, and her years in England during the war, unfailingly, with great pride. After her permanent move to Halifax, she became great friends with my mom, Audrey, both strong, independent women and it was always entertaining to be in their company. Mom will miss her terribly, as will we. We all loved her. Susan Longmire and Jim MacNeill

  • 02/04/2024

    Dear Fiona, Brooks and Family It was sad to read of your mom's passing but how blessed your family were to have enjoyed her for such a long time and she always enjoyed your family and friend gatherings. She had great conversations with many and will be missed by you all. Memories will be shared that will bring you many smiles. Take care. Barbie Nauss

  • 02/03/2024

    DEAR FIONA AND BROOKES, my deepest condolences, what a treasure she was. Remember her so well, such a talented Lady, my love to all Debbie Forrest

  • 02/03/2024

    Dear Brookes, Fiona and family... Sending caring thoughts and sincere condolences at this difficult time. Your mom sounds like a wonderful and interesting lady, Fiona.

  • 02/03/2024

    Fiona and Brookes - I was extremely saddened to learn of the very sudden passing of your dear and precious Mother! The beautifully-written obituary captures the amazing, talented, generous and loving person who Pam was. Please know that I am sending my most heartfelt condolences to you, Will and Jenny, Olivia, Victoria and Harrison.💔

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