Pamela (Sparkes) Hoddinott, age 92, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 21, 2019 at the Cedarstone Enhanced Care Nursing Home in Truro, Nova Scotia.
Mom holding her newborn grandson Adam (Karen’s son)
Pamela was born Dec 5, 1926 in the historical city of St. John’s (Newfoundland), and grew up in the picturesque, quaint fishing village of Lower Island Cove, Conception Bay. As a child, she learned to play the piano and continued her love of music throughout her life.
On Aug 19, 1948 she married Lloyd Granville Hoddinott in St. Johns and they later moved to Corner Brook where their family resided for twenty-five years.
From 1977 to 1984, she expanded her life-long interest in art by taking oil-painting courses at Memorial University in Corner Brook and privately with well-established artists. During this time, she exhibited at art galleries in St. John’s and Corner Brook.
After her husband’s retirement, Pamela and Granville moved to Nova Scotia to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Pamela was delighted to discover lively art communities near their home in the Annapolis Valley. In addition to taking art courses at Acadia University, she attended workshops and classes in Halifax taught by well-known Canadian artists. From 1988 to 1990, she had eight artworks accepted in Contemporary Art Society juried shows. As a member of the Association of Atlantic Amateur Artists, her work was honored with two awards (1990), including first place for a colored pencil drawing.
Pamela and Granville later moved to Truro. As a member of the Truro Art Society, she exhibited and sold paintings at the Colchester Regional Hospital Corridor Gallery.
Left to honor her life are three children (Brenda Hoddinott, Peter Hoddinott, and Karen Unicomb), five grandchildren (Heidi and Benjamin Thomson, Colin, Adam, and Amy Unicomb, and Claire Hoddinott), two great-grandchildren (Brandon Porter and Kaiden Purdy), and several nieces and nephews. Pamela was preceded in death by her parents (Louis and Amy Sparkes), husband (Granville Hoddinott), and siblings, Gladys, Daphne, John, and Peter Sparkes.
Pamela’s family extends their gratitude to the staff at Cedarstone Enhanced Care Nursing Home in Truro for their attentiveness and loving care. As per Pamela’s wishes, no funeral service will be held.