Pamela 'Pam' Ter Gast
Worcester - On the evening of June 10, 2016, after a long and courageous fight with Neuroendocrine Cancer, Pam passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. Pam was 62 years old.
How can one encompass in a few paragraphs, the wonderful woman that Pam was? Pam had a larger than life personality, a wonderful sense of humor and an infectious smile. She was born in the city of Haarlem in the Netherlands on August 12, 1953. She was the fourth child born to Jan and Els Ter Gast. After the death of her mother, she was raised by her mother's sister for a year, her beloved Tante Toets, and then by her father's new wife, Mama Bep who always held a special place in her heart.
Always an adventurous child, she spent time with her sister Mies in Amsterdam and then in Paris, before she made her way to the US, specifically Cambridge MA, when she was 17 years old. One of the first things she did upon her arrival, was take a road trip across the US with one of her best friends. This sense of adventure followed her throughout her life.
In the summer of 1983, Pam married her former husband John Bastille, and on February 7, 1985, she gave birth to her first child, Mies Bastille. Following the birth of her daughter, was the birth of her son Erik Bastille on August 20, 1987.
In 2006 Pam was diagnosed with a rare cancer, known as Neuroendocrine Cancer. Always a fighter, her mission became not only to stay healthy and strong, but also to spread awareness of her cancer. Not only did she fight to turn the 3-5 years she was given into 10, but she also became a beacon of strength and hope for her friends and family while always maintaining a positive attitude. Frequent trips to Dana Farber Cancer Institute turned into wonderful memories that her family will be able to carry with them always.
Pam worked tirelessly to have November proclaimed as NET Awareness month in the state of Massachusetts and was incredibly proud to receive the proclamation in honor of all her 'Zebras'. She spoke of her experiences as a survivor for the American Cancer Society and was an avid member of the Livestrong Program at the Greendale Y, even being honored at one of their 'Spotlights on Survivorship'.
Though Pam has passed, she will be remembered fondly for her love of life, great sense of humor and caring personality. She leaves behind her daughter Mies, her son Erik, her love Gerry Creen and the light of her life her puppy Odin.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please make a donation to the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation in honor of Pam (https://netrf.org/
We would like to give a special thanks to the combined efforts of Pam's team at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, the Brigham and Women's Radiation Oncology Department and the Shapiro Center. Without the amazing level of care Pam received, her journey would have been a much different one and we are thankful for the wonderful years they helped to provide us with.
The family will not be holding services, so they ask that you please leave a comment or fond memory of Pam at www.telegram.com
The Athy Memorial Home is directing arrangements.