Obituary - Pam Sydney
Pam had been unwell for many months and passed away very peacefully in her sleep at home, which is what she wanted, on Christmas Day with her family and friends beside her. I had a long talk with her a few weeks ago when I went to see her. We reminisced about the old times - she was so comfortable surrounded by two smooths and all her memorabilia. A lady dedicated to the Dachshund breed - she loved all animals.
She held many appointments - at the time of her death she was President of The Southern Dachshund Association, President of The Great Joint Dachshund Association, Vice President of The West of England and Patron of The Marlsborough Canine Society. We became firm friends after I bought a Yatesbury bitch, which was to be the foundation of my line - this was ‘Y-Honey-Bee of Hydax.’ She had strong views and was a formidable committee member.
Everything she attempted was done with great thoroughness and dedication - whatever she put her mind to - she never gave up.
She loved her garden and excelled at cooking, a most excellent cook - I shall miss her marmalade - the best ever!
She was passionate about her village of Yatesbury - she loved and took part in all aspects of village life.
Her family were a most important part of her life, we were always exchanging notes - as we both had two sons - the Grandchildren were always a topic of conversation - she was so proud of them all.
She judged with great determination to find the best hound on the day and loved her many overseas appointments. She was a most popular judge, particularly in Zimbawe where she became great friends of Ossie and Yvonne Hosgood, also Meryl Harrison and Roly and to South Africa which she visited several times, also Australia and Ireland, where she leaves behind many friends.
Pam had been a widow for a very long time, she and Jim served in The Royal Air Force and much enjoyed service life - we had lots in common and flying was a frequent subject.
When Elizabeth Heesom returned to England in the 1960’s, they soon met up and became very good friends. She had many champions but - Ch Yatesbury Big Bang, Ch Yatesbury Evening Star and Ch Yatesbury Evening Echo better known as Tom, Dick and Harry gave her much pleasure and she enjoyed her time in the Ring with them.
Pam was a very kind and thoughtful friend - she leaves behind so many memories - to her family, especially Alan and Charles and their families, on behalf of ‘The Dachshund World’ we send you our love and condolences.
Good bye Pam - we shall all miss you.
Jane Hosegood (Hydax)