Pamela W. (Pam) Nickerson

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NORTH PORT, Fla. - Pamela W. (Pam) Nickerson, 65, a 14 year resident of Florida, passed away Jan. 31, 2019, with family by her side. Pam ultimately lost her valiant and determined four-year battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born March 8, 1953, in Portland, the daughter of Emery M. and Katharine V. Nickerson. Pam spent her childhood in Cape Elizabeth, graduating from Cape Elizabeth High School in 1971. She went on to receive an Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education from Lasell Junior College, Newton, Mass. in 1973. After college, Pam returned to Maine and taught pre-school at the Discovery Center, Ledgemere Country Day School in Cape Elizabeth. Eventually she worked at Day One prior to leaving for Florida.Pam loved animals, especially Golden Retrievers. Over the course of her life she had numerous Goldens, usually two at a time. She also loved wildlife. With her Cape Elizabeth house bordering on the woods, there was no shortage of baby animals and birds to nurture back to good health with the cooperation of wildlife experts. During her last two years in Florida, she began raising Monarch butterflies from recovered eggs. This became a true labor of love involving many hours of tedious work. In her last weeks, she was unable to go outside, however, visitors would come and relate to her that they had seen her monarchs flying around the neighborhood.In addition to her dogs and wildlife, Pam's interests included gardening, cooking, travel, crossword puzzles and the New England Patriots. She was a passionate Pat's fan with unmatched enthusiasm. Sadly, she was unable to witness Super Bowl championship number six.Pam was known for her optimism, vitality, and determination. Even after her cancer diagnosis, those qualities never waivered. Against overwhelming odds she was determined to beat it, and her family believes this was a major reason she was able to persevere as long as she did with the favorable quality of life she enjoyed. Even in her last week she was telling friends "I'm not going anywhere". She refused to give up.Blessed with a wonderful sense of humor, Pam enjoyed a large circle of friends, both in Maine and Florida. However, family was always a central focus. Though separated by geography, Pam made every effort to return for family occasions as often as possible. Prior to her move to Florida she was the consummate hostess for many family celebrations.After moving to Florida in 2005, she was employed by Davidson Insulation and Acoustics of North Port. She later moved to Millennium Physicians Group in North Port, retiring in 2016.In 2013, Pam met her partner, Charlie Freeman, who was with her to the end. Pam and Charlie were devoted to each other and developed many deep and caring friendships in the North Port/Port Charlotte area. They enjoyed travel, their pets, exploring Florida and finding new places to eat. They also enjoyed their Friday night's at "The Bistro", an informal gathering place for their friends, which offered good food, conviviality and karaoke.After her diagnosis in early 2015, Pam went through surgery and several treatment programs with marginal success. However, in 2016 she was accepted into an immunotherapy trial which yielded significant, positive results. In the ensuing two years she was able to lead a relatively normal life. She and Charlie took three major trips; to Hawaii, the British Isles and Ireland, and most recently to France and a cruise along the Danube River. Again, she refused to accept the fact that she could not beat the odds and continue to live her life to the fullest.Pam will be sorely missed by family, friends and work colleagues. Her positive spirit, optimism and infectious personality will live on in our collective memories. As her friends said, she created an example for all of us about how to live and how to die.Pam is survived by her partner Charles Freeman of North Port, Fla., as well as her daughter Elizabeth Nickerson and granddaughter Cassidy Morgan of Cape Coral, Fla. She is also survived by her brother William Nickerson and wife Linda of Cape Elizabeth and sister Katharine Blake and husband Richard (Randy) also of Cape Elizabeth.She is also survived by nieces Katharine Blackburn and Julianne Nickerson, and nephews Geoffrey Nickerson, Andrew Blake and Peter Blake, all of Cape Elizabeth.Survivors also include Pam's two cousins, Bradford Reich (Patti Pierce) of Brookline, Mass. and Christopher Reich (Noni) of Purchase, N.Y.Also surviving is her lifelong friend from elementary school, Connie (Bennett) Blanchard of Port Charlotte, Fla. No one ever had a better friend than the one Connie was to Pam.There are no visiting hours. A memorial service will be held in the spring. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery.In lieu of flowers,donations may be made to: Lustgarten Foundation, Pancreatic Cancer Research, 415 Crossway Park Dr.Suite D, Woodbury, NY 11797

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Feb. 10, 2019
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