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General News · 24th October 2020
Fairahn Reid
A tribute to my Nana (Pam Fraser) April 5, 1949- October 24, 2010

Remembering my Nana Pam, as today marks 10 years since we said goodbye to her here on Cortes. Anyone who knew her knows what a truly beautiful and loving soul she was. Some incredible words that my Papa John wrote describe her perfectly:

“She was a source of joy and inspiration to all who met her. You couldn't be in Pam's company without being reminded of your better self. We are all modest some of the time, positive some of the time, happy and selfless some of the time but Pam was all of these things all of the time. Truly a remarkable and beautiful woman.”

Some mornings I wake up from a dream in which she has returned to my life, I am aware that she had left me and I am overwhelmed by this feeling of happiness, this feeling that all is right again in the world because I know that I get to tell her all the things that have happened to me since she has been gone and that I get to carry on in this world with her by my side. The feelings of grief flood me when I realize it is only a dream, but then they are followed by me feeling so grateful for getting to spend nearly 15 years of my life with her and have her shape who I am today. I was still a kid when she passed, and I wish with all my heart I could have known her as an adult, but the connection we shared I know would have been the same.

I truly feel that not only I, but our whole family and all of Nana’s friends were given a gift by having the honour to have known her, be loved by her. She was the type of person we all aspire to be, she had her losses and her battles, but she showed up for anyone in her life who needed it. That is strength, and that was her strength. She knew how to bring people together, and that is one of the things that I cherish about her and try to bring to those around me now. I know she is up above watching down on all of us, and I hope everyone can remember her and honour her today.

I love you forever,