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"Pam" Dunn July 13 1924 – June 24 2008 RIP
Montreal philanthropist Pam Dunn dies at 83
Alan Hustak, The Gazette
Published: Wednesday, June 25
MONTREAL – Pam Dunn was the dynamic grand-daughter of Sir Herbert Holt, one Montreal’s richest industrialists. Affectionately known to her family as “Panic” Dunn, she spent much of her substantial inheritance on philanthropy.
She was a longtime supporter of the Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation, Bishop’s University, Sun Youth, Dans la rue, The Douglas Hospital, the Montreal Association for the Blind, the Butters Foundation and numerous other charities.
She died unexpectedly Tuesday morning in her Square Mile residence at the age of 83.
… She supported Infinitheatre, and appeared on stage in two recent fundraisers, Prescription for Murder and Montreal Idle.
“She had always wanted to be an actress,” said the company’s artistic director, Guy Sprung, who was writing a part for her in his next mystery, Murder on Dorval Island.
“She was good enough that she was invited to play Stratford early on, but instead of a life in the theatre, chose to raise her family. She was brilliant in one of our shows as Rose Belmont, the Queen of Westmount, in which she portrayed a cantankerous 90-year-old socialite who told dirty jokes and hit people over the head with her cane.”
It is with great sadness we share with you that Pam Dunn died suddenly and unexpectedly at her home in Montreal on June 24th. An extraordinary philanthropist, generous patron of the arts and loyal Infinitheatre supporter…
In 2007, with her boundless energy and dauntless spirit, she starred in
Prescription for Murder as Rose Belmont, the Duchess of Westmount.
In this year’s production of Montréal Idle she hoofed it up as Ethyl, the owner of the CBBC TV station.
With her commitment to so many causes, her ebullient humour, her ceaseless concern for the well-being of everyone around her, we were all in love and awe of her. On the stages of the Great Hereafter, she will continue to tread the boards for the just causes and in her spare time, play more leading roles.
Montreal will be a smaller, sadder place without her.
Pam, bon spectacle!