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Remembering Pam’s dedication

Published Friday, 12 September 2014

Tributes are coming from both sides of Enfield Council for Pam Adams, a former Enfield Councillor, who has died at the age of 85.

Pam Adams,

As a councillor for over 20 years she served the borough well taking a special interest in social services, the care of older people and services for blind and sight impaired people.

Pam was president of Enfield Vision; a long-serving trustee of the Ruth Winston Centre for older people in Palmers Green; and a deputy mayor of Enfield.

In 1990 she was first elected to represent the residents of Southgate Green and later she was elected to represent residents of the Turkey Street Ward until 2010. In 2007 she was made a Freeman of the London Borough of Enfield.

During her time on the council, Pam served on various committees and panels and was a doughty champion for residents who needed good social services. She took great pride in chairing the Social Services Scrutiny Panel.
Pam lived in the borough all her life. She attended the Hollies private school for girls in Southgate and worked as a public relations officer. Later she worked for a Harley Street surgeon and that experience dominated her interests and political life.

Council Leader, Cllr Doug Taylor, said, “Pamela was a diligent councillor who had a particular interest in older people.  She left her imprint on the borough and it is a great sadness to hear of her passing.”

Opposition Leader, Cllr Terry Neville, said, “Pam Adams was quite simply caring, dedicated, and utterly selfless, and was among that rare breed of councillor who dedicated 21 years of her life to helping.

“She was not interested in power as such. Power for her was the ability to get in amongst those disadvantaged people who she cared about. She gave so much, and in many ways made real sacrifices in her life to do so. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her and by the voluntary movement generally."

Former Council Leader, Cllr Mike Rye, said, “Pam Adams was passionate about providing the best possible care for older people and those with sight impairments. She worked tirelessly on their behalf and was a long standing supporter of Ruth Winston House. She was an excellent example of all that is best in a local councillor.”

Former Opposition Leader, Cllr Michael Lavender, said, "What was frequently not always appreciated, was Pam's profound understanding of social care matters, her grasp of issues and her attention to detail. Her political contributions were not infrequently interspersed with the most biting wit. She will be sadly missed."

The funeral is on Thursday 18 September at 2.45pm at Enfield Crematorium, Great Cambridge Road, followed by a tea at the Ruth Winston Centre. 190, Green Lanes, Palmers Green, N13 5UE. Everyone is welcome.

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