TRIBUTE has been paid to a well-known community figure from Seaford who died earlier this month.
Pam Burns helped to raise thousands of pounds for local good causes during her involvement with the Seahaven Lioness Club and was also a former secretary of the town’s Horticultural Society.
The 74-year-old was also a founder committee member of the Seaford Seniors’ Forum, along with her husband of 51 years, John Burns.
The couple, both born in east London, moved to Seaford in 1965, where they raised their sons Alex and Nick.
John said, “Not only was Pam a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother - most of all, she was my best friend.
“She was a very, very caring person who had a wonderful sense of humour.
“She loved life and she loved travelling. She saw the best in everybody.”
Pam started a language school in the 1970s called Sussex Education Courses for Overseas Students (SECOS) and welcomed large numbers of young people from all over the globe to the town.
Many of these students stayed at the Burns family home and have become lifelong friends, continuing to visit the couple in their retirement and inviting them to their weddings.
Pam also found time to teach typing and shorthand at the former adult education centre at Seaford Head School.
In 2010 both Pam and John were given an award by the town council for services to the community of Seaford.
Pam, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in November last year which then spread to her liver, remained energetic and active until very recently, not only with her charitable activities but as a keen traveller.
The couple embarked on numerous ‘adventures’ together, throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia and visited more than 200 countries in their 50 plus years of marriage.
Pam was determined to enjoy one final trip in April, when she and John holidayed in Penzance for a few days before taking a helicopter flight to the Scilly Isles for a short break.
Sadly Pam was no longer able to walk, but enjoyed the experience of being carried up the steps to dinner by a hunky rugby player.
The mother-of-two had been undergoing treatment for cancer and passed away peacefully on May 13 in St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Eastbourne.
In a typically selfless gesture, she donated her body to medical research and was helping to plan a celebration of her life, instead of a funeral, before she died.
This will take place at Deans Place Hotel in Alfriston at 2pm on Tuesday, May 31, and all those who knew her are welcome.
Pam leaves four grandchildren, as well as her two sons and their caring wives, Suzie and Jane.