The Passing of Pam Yates
Published 14:45 on 6 Jul 2021
We have just been advised of the sad passing of Pam Yates, a founder member of Haven Ports Yacht Club, yesterday morning.
Pam, who was in her 80s, will be remembered both as an enthusiastic long distance cruiser and keen offshore racer, as well as for the lively social contribution she made to the club from its earliest days.
With husband Malcolm, who died a few years ago, Pam first owned Together, a Contessa 26, then a Contessa 32, Fresh Herring, and finally Oberon, the Nicholson 43 which has graced the end of G pontoon since she was purchased by them in 1983.
Malcolm and Pam were made honorary members in recognition of the enormous support they gave the club behind the scenes, notably in organising regattas and other major events. They had created a very successful business together (hence the name of the first yacht) and had a long and happy marriage. They had no children, but countless good friends.
Following Malcolm's death, Bruce Parrott became Pam's companion and sailing partner, and she was devastated by his death last year.
She was determined to remain living independently in her cottage at Brandeston that had been her home for 40 years. She was suffering failing eyesight, and last month suffered a fall. She was back at home, seemingly making good progress towards recovery, but on Thursday July 1, died peacefully in her sleep.
She was such a dynamic and popular figure that it is a comfort to know that she had such a merciful end. Our thoughts go out to her many friends. She is a very sad loss to the club.
Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.
Last updated 14:45 on 6 July 2021