Pamela Jean Hughson, 60

Fri, 04/22/2011 - 1:28pm

Former Block Island resident Pamela J. Hughson died peacefully Monday, March 7, 2011, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, Me.

Pam was born May 15, 1950, in Somerville, Mass., daughter of Eugene and Marie (O’Connor) Hughson.

Pamela’s love of travel and adventure began in her teens on a European tour with her uncle, aunt and cousin. Her ambition became to work, save and travel Europe, convincing any of her friends to accompany her.

In 1975, as a result of meeting so many like-minded Kiwis during her travels, and imagining what this distant land had to offer her, she emigrated to New Zealand, lived on a small dairy farm while working in a near-by vineyard.

In the late 70s, the failing health of a beloved grandmother brought her back to the United States for a few years, during which she lost her New Zealand residency status.

She continued traveling abroad and eventually returned to New Zealand on a work permit, and became secretary at Freeman's Bay Primary School in Auckland.

On a subsequent trip back to the states in the mid-80s, she met her future husband on a yacht delivery trip to the Virgin Islands.

Pamela and Andrew Gallison were wed in Napier, New Zealand, on January 29, 1989.

The couple settled in Wareham, Mass., where Pamela became secretary of Wareham Area Hospice/Lighthouse Hospice.

In 1997, Pamela and her husband moved to Block Island and founded Block Island Sails & Canvas, Inc. They had a home on High Street.

In 2007, they settled in Portland, Me.

Pam enjoyed good food and conversation, cross-country skiing, ice skating, hiking, sailing, knitting, sewing and she was a voracious reader.

Pam’s talents and versatility is best illustrated by her work history. Besides working as a sailmaker/canvas worker, she was librarian at the Wareham Free Library, and served as secretary for Lexington Eye Associates, Boston Harbor Sailing Club, Lyn Hovey Studios and Lighthouse Hospice. Anyone who met Pam and spent time with her could not help but be calmed by her deportment, look at life differently, and wonder about their principles.

Pamela is survived by her mother and father, her husband, one sister, three brothers, six nieces, one nephew, one great-niece and one great-nephew. She was pre-deceased by her brother, Kenneth.

Donations in Pam’s memory can be made to: Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 US Route 1, Scarborough, ME 04074