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Obituary - Pamela, the Dowager Lady Egremont

Pamela, the Dowager Lady Egremont, has died aged 88.

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HOSPICE PATRON: The Dowager Lady Egremont

Tributes have poured in for the owner of Cockermouth Castle, who died on Monday afternoon in London.

The Cumberland flag flew at half mast at Cockermouth Castle as a mark of respect this week.

A staunch supporter of West Cumbria, Lady Egremont was the first president of the district’s Hospice at Home charity in 1987, when it was founded.

She started training as a nurse, but during World War Two worked at the vital code-breaking centre at Bletchley Park.

She regularly did hands-on nursing work for victims of landmines in Cambodia, and was actively involved with a medical foundation that she and her late husband founded which provides eye surgery in remote parts of India.

Brian Herd, vice president and former chairman of Hospice at Home, said: “Hospice at Home has lost a key figure and true friend, one who has strongly supported the charity from the outset.

“She filled the role of president splendidly for 20 years and when she stepped down, her support continued as she became a vice president.

“She was very ready to use her wide range of contacts to benefit Hospice at Home and Cockermouth Castle was the scene of many fund-raising events.

“On one memorable occasion our patron, Prince Charles, arrived by helicopter, visited the day centre and then had tea at the castle.

“Cardinal Hume’s funeral followed later that week so Lady Egremont was offered a lift to London in the royal helicopter.

“Lady Egremont was instrumental in getting the book about the first 10 years of the charity, Hospice Without Walls, published.

“Hospice at Home West Cumbria has lost a good and much loved friend. Our sincere sympathy goes to her family.”

Alan Porter, estate manager for Cockermouth Castle, had worked for Lady Egremont for nine years.

He said: “She was respected by all who knew her, her love of Cumbria and its people who supported many charities and events in this area.

“Lady Egremont was a most marvellous individual not only with her intellect but would show great humility a true mark of the very person she was.

“I personally have been privileged to work for the Dowager and the family for the last nine years and she is a sad loss not only to the family but the people of Cumbria. She was a true and loyal friend.

“She is one of the most remarkable people I have been privileged to meet.”

Phil Campbell, chairman of Cockermouth Civic Trust, said: “She has been a great supporter of Cockermouth.

“We have been very grateful for the support that she has given the civic trust over the years, particularly through allowing us to take public tours round the castle.

“She often came out to speak to visitors with a friendly smile, and greeted us on our most recent tour in September.”

Geoff Walker, headteacher at Cockermouth School, said: “Lady Egremont was a great supporter of Cockermouth School, specifically in helping us to access land from the Leconfield Estate for the six new grass football pitches and the recent footpath and cycleway along St Helens Street.

“She was very generous in allowing the school to use the castle grounds for drama and was always pleased to host our overseas partners at the castle, most recently visitors from our partner schools in Ghana.

“Lady Egremont will be a great miss to Cockermouth School and the town, and we shall remember her with fondness.”

She leaves behind her three children Max, who is Lord Egremont, Carlyn and Harry, several grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Her funeral will take place at St Mary’s Church, Petworth, West Sussex, at 11am next Friday.

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I dearly missed you now my Lady Egremont.

Posted by Jacqueline Bituin on 17 November 2013 at 18:51

A sad loss. She was a great supporter of Egremont castle. Thanks RIP.

Posted by Kevin Cole on 13 November 2013 at 10:46

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