Pamela Betty (Ventham) Collins

Collins (Ventham), Pamela Betty – Age 88. Pam, the second of four daughters, was born in Gosport, England, to the late Lillian “Lily” (Pardon) and Richard J.P. Ventham. The family immigrated to Canada in 1936 and settled in the Hydrostone area of Halifax. Raised in Halifax, she went on to attend University of King’s College (BA Hon), Dalhousie University (BEd) and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (BFA). Her early working life saw her enjoy teaching at Chebucto School.

In 1955 she married Louis William Collins. They lived and raised three daughters in Colcote one and two, homes built on Lou’s family property on London and Liverpool Streets in Halifax. For the past seven years Pam enjoyed an active life in her apartment community of the Berkeley – Gladstone Street. Each of her homes has reflected her joy in life, her family, art, history, gardening and her passion to be creative.

Always a teacher at heart, Pam spent a lifetime teaching and mentoring others. Her love of the arts, history, conservation, ballet, drama, weaving, handcrafts, photography and gardening, was reflected in her lifelong involvement in many community, provincial and national organizations and projects. Alongside her husband, she worked tirelessly to help preserve both Haligonian and Nova Scotian landmarks and heritage. She was among the founding members of the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia.

Her love of children was reflected in her long involvement with the Guiding movement, the many youth she welcomed to her home and garden, and her commitment and devotion to her daughters and granddaughters.

Active until three weeks before her death, we will treasure her perseverance in the face of a lifetime of health challenges, her love for those dear to her, her zeal for being active and creative, and her vibrant and loving spirit. Her spirit will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.

Pam is survived by her daughters,  The Reverend Margaret Collins (The Reverend Eric Lynk), Hunter River, P.E.I.; Lieutenant-Colonel Heather Collins (RCAF), Winnipeg, Man.; and Diane Collins, Halifax; and by granddaughters, Ana and Beatrix Heuthorst, Winnipeg; sisters, Norma Ventham, Ottawa, Ont.; and Elizabeth Tapley (George), Calgary, Alta.; niece, Shirley Blakley and nephew, Richard Blakley (Heather), Ottawa, Ont.; three great-nieces and one great great-niece. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Louis Collins; oldest sister, Dorothy Blakley.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit. A memorial service will be held June 7, with a notice appearing closer to the date. As expressions of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, donations to St. Mark’s Anglican Church, 5522 Russell Street, Halifax, NS B3K 1M8 or the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia, PO Box 36111, RPO Spring Garden, Halifax, NS B3J 3S9 would be appreciated. Condolences may be sent to 4543 Route 13, RR2, Hunter River, PEI C0A 1N0 or to: