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CROSBY, Pamila Faith

April 12, 1953 – September 4, 2012

Pamila Faith Crosby (nee Waldo) passed away on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at the age of 59 years.

Pam had a zest for life and a passion for work, family and friends. She certainly left her mark on this world and on all those who had the pleasure of knowing her. Pam worked hard her entire life, and continued to grow and develop in her professional life. As a Consultant for many different agencies and business, she supported these agencies to improve policy, collaboration and overall organizational health. Pam also obtained her Masters as an adult.

Although Pam was extremely passionate about her work, perhaps her greatest joy was to travel and to spend time with her children, her family and her many great friends. Pam was survived by her daughter Erin (Dion); son Adam; partner Don; sister Jean (Brian); and her nieces and nephews Rochelle (Mike), Tanya (Rick), Cameron (Tracy), Lisa (Kevin), Rhonda (Derek), and Jacqui. Pam was predeceased by her mother Irene and brother Ross.

A Celebration of Pam’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Pamila Crosby, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200.

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  1. Pam’s spirit, commitment to others and stamina in the hard work of humanizing Alberta’s systems touched and inspired me as long as I knew her. I am thankful for her life and friendship. I will hold her and her family in my prayers.
    Ruben

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  2. Shannon Leblanc :

    To the family and friends of Pam,

    My sincere condolences. I did not know Pam well, but from the small amount of volunteer work I did with her it was clear that she was a passionate and thoughtful woman. She will be missed.

    With regrets,
    Shannon

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  3. Patti Lefebvre :

    Working with Pam was always an inspirational experience. She challenged individuals and groups to be the best that they can. She facilitated conversations to go past thinking and determining vision and action. Pam has made many contributions to the province of Alberta through her leadership and determination for a truly better place for all to live. Pam will be very much missed in our day to day lives. Patti

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  4. We were deeply saddened to learn of Pam’s passing this week. Pam had the distinction of being Breast Cancer Supportive Care Foundation’s first executive director and we are grateful for the contributions she made to our organization. We offer our sincere condolences to her family.

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  5. I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Pam’s passing. I had the honour of working with Pam in the Alberta Party and being a fellow candidate in the last election. I was looking forward to
    seeing her at the AGM. Her dynamism and dedication will be sorely missed. My heart goes out to you in this time of loss.

    Best regards,
    Sue

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  6. Dear family of Pam,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Pam may not have even realized what a huge influence she was on me, and my work. We met through her ReBoot activities, and I know how highly she was esteemed and appreciated for her insight, her foresight, and her many many gifts. Though her life touched mine only briefly in time, her influence and example is felt continuously.
    My deepest condolences,
    Haley Simons

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  7. Pam was a valued colleague of mine on several Boards and activities. I have always enjoyed her commitment to each of the organizations. She has enthused and spoken openly in support of her beliefs. I will miss her and I know the many organizations will miss her. I extend my condolences and thoughts to her family and partner at this time.
    Sibylla Lane

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  8. Pam was one of those people who had the gift of seeing inside of things and then with tenderness – and toughness when needed – untangling confusion, anger or fear so that they became humility, forgiveness and love. She helped people and organizations become better by encouraging them to accept that inside each was something wonderful that was striving to find expression. The poem by Rilke below describes this better. Though Pam is gone, the changes she inspired live on.

    A Walk

    My eyes already touch the sunny hill.
    going far ahead of the road I have begun.
    So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
    it has inner light, even from a distance-

    and charges us, even if we do not reach it,
    into something else, which, hardly sensing it,
    we already are; a gesture waves us on
    answering our own wave…
    but what we feel is the wind in our faces.

    Translated by Robert Bly
    Rainer Maria Rilke

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  9. Nancy Hammer ( Jacques) :

    Dear Erin and Adam,
    My deepest sympathy for your loss of your mother. I recall many a happy summers on the beaches of Kelowna with her and both of you and your dad. We had many great times together and I know she will be missed. It is truly a sad day and I can say you are in my thoughts at this time.
    Nancy

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  10. I am so sorry and I want you to know I am thinking of what your family must be going through right now. Please accept my condolences. I can only imagine how difficult this must be for the family. My thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time.
    Belinda Swann
    College of Opticians of Alberta

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  11. I know Pam through her non-profit work as a colleague and fellow-consultant. I always enjoyed the wonderful way she had of expressing her expertise and making complicated information clear and accessible to her clients.

    My sincere sympathy for your loss.

    Judy Hansen

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  12. A colleague and dear friend whose legacy in our community will be with us for many years.

    Condolences to Erin, Adam, Don along with her family and friends.

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  13. I have only known Pam for the last year or so through the College of Opticians but I have been extremely impressed with Pam’s knowledge and passion for her work and life.

    Blessings to all the family as Pam will be greatly missed.

    Condolences,
    Drew Jeffries

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  14. I am so very sorry for your loss. I so enjoyed talking about Italy wit Pam – we both could talk about Italy forever! My sincere condolances to you all, I pray God holds your hearts tenderly in His hands through this very difficult time.

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  15. If the rest of us had half the passion for a better society Pam had, the world would be a far better place.

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  16. I am sending this message of condolence as a colleague of Pam’s over the years.
    Pam’s hard work, insights and visions inspired many individuals and organizations along her journey. Many of us have been touched by her, and she has left a legacy of which those closest to her, can be proud. May loving memories hold her close to your hearts.

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  17. Community Learning Network :

    We were very sad to hear of Pam’s passing. Pam had facilitated several events for us (and in partnership with Literacy Alberta) over the last few years and it was a pleasure working with her.

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  18. Deborah Morrison :

    I am saddened to hear of Pam’s passing. She was a joy to work with and will be missed.
    Please accept my sincere sympathy for your loss.

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  19. Carol MacKay-Matak :

    I have only known Pam for 10 months but in that time I have come to count her as a friend. She left her mark in everything she touched with her zest for life and strong belief in advocating for what she believed in.She will be greatly missed.

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  20. Dear Adam &Erin,
    so many good memories with you guys and your mom.
    Although we were kids,she taught me a lot about life and im so sorry to hear of her passing.
    She will be missed.
    BEN

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  21. norma karlinsky :

    I was shocked and saddened to learn of Pam’s passing. I met Pam this past year when she facilitated a strategic planning workshop for the board of Art a la Carte.. Pam’s ability to cut to the heart of an siiue and present a clear vision made the meeting both productive and enjoyable. Her humor and honest appraisals greatly enhanced the meeting. My sincere condolences to her family.

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  22. Gary, Teresa & Paige Degelman :

    Erin & Adam, our deepest sympathy for the loss of your Mother, you are both in our thoughts and prayers.

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  23. I am so thankful to have known and learned from Pam. She left a mark in my life. Please know that I am holding her and her beautiful family in my heart at this time.

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  24. Erin and Adam,
    My deepest sympathy to each of you in the loss of your mother. I have many fond memories of family fun over many July long weekend camping expeditions. Your mother always brought her great sense of humor to the occasions. May you find peace in your warm and wonderful memories of her. …Lynda

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  25. I grew up with Pam on Rosery Place.

    Words cannot convey the shock and heartache of learning about her untimely passing.

    She was always a bright and positive light and she touched so many lives with her laughter, positive outlook and being a true friend.

    Erin, Adam and Jean…my sincere sympathy from me, Harry, Elsie and Rob Wanjoe.

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  26. Sarah Elaine Eaton :

    I was so saddened to learn of Pam’s passing. What a vibrant soul she was. She leaves a legacy of learning and contributions to the community. Deepest condolences.

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  27. Greg and Pam Wenzel :

    Our hearts and thoughts are with you at this difficult time. We will truly miss Pam’s always smiling face. Sorry we could not make it to the celebration.

    Love,
    your cousins,
    Greg, Pam, Kyle and Jordan

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  28. On behalf of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency, our sincere condolences in your loss of Pam. We were blessed to work with Pam early in 2012, and valued her creative, insightful guidance to our work team. Our thoughts are with you all. Sincerely, The CEMA team.

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  29. Dear Erin and Adam and Don and family:

    I was stunned to learn of Pam’s passing. Many good memories remain: folk fest, book discussions over wine, coffee conversations, and many interesting topics. Please accept my wishes of comfort for you all. I am so sorry Erin and Adam for this horrific loss of your mother.

    Warm regards.
    Paige

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  30. My heart goes out to the Pam’s family. I’m so sorry for your loss. Pam was a life force and I’ll treasure the time we spent together. I did not know her for a long time, but rather for a deep time. She was an automatic girlfriend. She was a terrific facilitator and a hugely gifted human being. My deepest condocences for Adam and Erin and sympathy to all her knew her. She was a wonderful person.

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  31. Pam’s spirit of life was so powerful that I am positive she is still very near.

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  32. I would like to express my deepest sympathy to Pam’s family. I will miss her knowledge at our meetings and will miss her singing around our campfire at our retreat this year.
    Condolences
    Nola Hornung
    College of Opticians of Alberta

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  33. Pam was someone who made connections between new ideas and current realities, helping to create positive change in all areas she touched. I learned a lot from her and will miss the ability to connect. The photo in the paper reminds me of how her whole being would ‘light up’ when excited by a new thought. Our thoughts are with all of you.

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  34. Upon meeting Pam, one knew she was dedicated to the project she was working on. CPEF was one of those projects to bring groups together that flourished under Pam’s leadership. She will be missed. My deepest condolences to her friends and family.

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  35. We valued Pam’s contributions to the work of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. As a volunteer who brought the public and patient voice to our initiatives, Pam was unfailingly thoughtful and positive, and added wisdom and a valuable perspective to the team’s work. I will miss the conversations she and I shared, and along with the CPAC team, will miss her insights.

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  36. Veronica Marshall :

    Pam will be missed by family, friends & colleagues for so many different reasons.
    Expressing deepest sympathy to you (especially the family) in your sorrow.

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  37. I was very sorry to hear about Pam’s passing. We worked together on a Board many years ago and drove to Edmonton and back several times. Although she was very driven and dedicated to whatever cause she had on the go, I will remember the stories that she shared. There is a particular one that makes me smile every time I am driving up to Edmonton. She had a wonderful sense of humor and outlook on life. I hope you will find comfort in knowing that she was a very special person who impacted my life in a special way.

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  38. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends. Pam was a real champion of the not for profit sector and she will be deeply missed.

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  39. I am shocked and very saddened to hear of Pam’s sudden death – I had no idea she was ill, and had hoped there would be years ahead to turn our acquaintance into a friendship (especially since she appreciated my crabapple jelly and let me know it. I had been looking forward to making some more for her this Fall!)
    Pam will remain in my heart as a warm and extremely competent and energetic professional, with always a smile and great sense of humour. I send my sincere condolences to her beloved family – you have had a terrible loss, and hopefully now cherish wonderful memories of your Pam.

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  40. My deepest condolences to you, Erin and your family. My prayers and thoughts are with you. I had the priviledge of learning from your mother, she was full of life and I so enjoyed her stories. Pam will be greatly missed in our community of learning (FESA)!!!!

    Sincerely,
    Filomena Abdi

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  41. My deep heartfelt sympathies. It is so hard to comprehend that she has gone
    Pat

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  42. I wanted to join with the many others and express my sadness and grief to Pam’s family and friends at his passing. I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Pam many times over the years and I would share what many have already said. She was vibrant, enthusiastic and always positive about the future. She worked her tail off for her Masters degree at a time when many have stopped learning. I was shocked and saddened by her passing and my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Brent

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  43. Chris MacFarlane :

    Pam was driven by compassion for others. She will be missed. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

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  44. Adam and Erin:

    We would like to offer our sincere condolences for the loss of your mother. You’re in our family’s thoughts and prayers.
    Jason Lutzak and Family

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  45. Patricia Cameron :

    Dear Erin, Adam, and Don. I am heartbroken for your loss. Pam was a true friend and mentor and her sudden passing is devasting. I will forever remember her sparkle, her intelligence, and her fierce determination to make the world a better place. Her dedication and love for her family and her community knew no bounds. I wish you much strength during this time, and through your journey ahead.

    She will be forever in my heart.
    Trish Cameron

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  46. laureen mackenzie :

    Pam touched me deeply. Over the 20 + years that we came in contact with each other, our many chats revealed that we shared a common belief that each person has a star within. She devoted her life work and energy to encouraging others to look for and build on that strength.
    Is there anything else more valuable than supporting those around you throughout your lifetime?

    I wish that I were in the province to pass this message on personally, but it is my hope that the accumulated stories that you will no doubt hear will commfort you in your great loss.

    My deepest symathies
    Laureen MacKenzie

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  47. I am shocked and saddened to hear of Pam’s loss.
    As with so many others, I first met Pam professionally and then quickly became friends. We had many thoughful discussions. Pam was such a warm, insightful, and comforatble person to be around.
    My thoughts and sympathies to you all at this her very sudden passing

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  48. So sorry to hear this news. Although I met Pam only recently, she quickly became a treasured friend and colleague. A wonderful example of a life well lived. She will be greatly missed.

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  49. I was very saddend to hear of Pam’s passing. I only had a few meetings with Pam during my time with FESA and appreciated her enthusiasm for her work. She certainly will be missed by many. My condolences to her family.

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