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Pamela Janet Frid MD, FRCPC

July 3, 2024

Peacefully at her residence on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, Pamela Frid passed away in her 67th year. Eldest daughter of Karen (Brampton, Ontario) and the late Bill Simmons. Dear sister of Sandra Frid and Nevile Phillips (Youngs Siding, Western Australia) and Beverly Frid and Scott Burrows (Oakville, Ontario). Loving aunt of Holly Burrows.

Pamela began her post-secondary education at Queen’s University in 1976. She graduated from Queen’s University School of Medicine in 1982.  While at Queen’s, Pamela was a member of the Queen’s Bands for five years and enjoyed the tradition of the parade to football games.

After graduation, Pamela spent four years as a paediatric resident at McMaster Children’s Hospital followed by a two-year fellowship at Chedoke Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario.  Pamela practiced in her early career in Kingston, Ontario and was a member of the faculty at Queen’s University School of Medicine.

After moving to London, Ontario in 1999, Pamela took on a new role at CPRI.  Four years later she was appointed as the Medical Director at Thames Valley Children’s Centre (TVCC), with a cross-appointment on the faculty at Western University. Pamela received official recognition from the Royal College of Physicians of Canada for her contributions in establishing developmental paediatrics as a medical specialty with its own curriculum and its own qualification exam. She was chair of the national exam committee for several years.

After retirement in 2023, Pamela was named as a Professor Emeritus at Western University. Apart from her professional career, Pamela had many interests and hobbies, including photography, needlework, and travel.

The family would like to thank the professional and support staff at London Health Sciences Centre who supported Pam over the last few years, with extended thanks to Westmount Kidney Care Centre.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Friday, July 26, 2024 from 4:00 -7:00 p.m., with words of remembrance at 5:30 p.m.  Inurnment at Cataraqui Cemetery, Kingston.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Pamela’s memory may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Children’s Health Foundation London, or Diabetes Canada.

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It is with a heavy heart that my husband Robin and I hear about Pam’s passing. We have known Pam for a number of years. Pam was my senior resident during our paediatric residency and developmental pediatrics fellowship training at McMaster. My husband has known Pam since she worked in developmental pediatrics at Queen’s. Over the years our career paths have crossed many times both clinically and working with the Canadian Pediatric Society and the Royal College. She undertook many leadership roles over the years, especially those involving education/teaching of developmental pediatrics. Unfortunately, over the last few years her health was deteriorating, but despite this she continued her dedication and passion for these roles. We will definitely miss her smile, her insights and our end of clinic day social discussions. Our condolences go to her supportive and loving family whom we came to know through her many stories.

~ Jennifer McLean and Robin Walker

I am so saddenned to hear of Pam's passing. She was SO dedicated to the field of Developmental Pediatrics and in particular gave so much to the students. When I was writing my "old school" style pediatrics examination, the timing couldn't have been worse coinciding with the pre-mature birth of my first child. Pam re-organized her schedule to help me with my new circumstances and did 4 "long question" exam practices with me -- and they were long -- so involved a lot of time and my availability was a bit limited. I was so grateful that someone would do that for me but that was just what she was like - she put aside her own time to help me with that process. Spoiler alert - I passed after a long 36 hour round trip to Winnipeg and now 25 years later I am still grateful for that help at that most vulnerable time in my career. Her dedication will be remembered fondly.

~ Carolyn Hunt

Gutted to hear this news! RIP fellow Elmcrest 'E' winner Mr Brown's grade 5 class, circa 1967/68. Very sad news.

~ Michael Bond

Dr. Frid was a big part of inspiring, encouraging and supporting me to become a developmental pediatrician. I truly don't know that I would be where I am today if it was not for her. It was an honour and privilege to get to train with her and have her as a mentor. I'm very sorry to hear of her passing. My thoughts are with her family and friends.

~ Nicole Archer

My deepest condolences to her family. I remember Pam for her insights, humour and her generosity with her knowledge and time.

~ Jane Gloor

I am saddened to receive this news, and I extend my sincere condolences to her family and friends. I did not know Dr. Frid well, but the time I spent receiving her wisdom and advice was invaluable. She had an incredible way of summarizing information and cutting through long debates with a precise, humourous quip that would make all stop, laugh and move on. Invariably, she was always right. She will be missed, and there is a cloud of sadness over Children's Hospital today.

~ Anna Gunz

I was fortunate to work with Pam as part of the Royal College Committee for Developmental Pediatrics. Pam chaired the exam committee and provided fabulous steady leadership over many years. She was a delight to interact with. She will be missed.

~ Darcy Fehlings

So sorry I will be out of town when Pam‘s celebration of life will be occurring. I met Pam when I worked with her at CPRI. She was a part of a CPRI coworker’s group that would go out to dinner periodically and it continued when she moved to Thames Valley. I know the last few years were not easy for her with failing health, but she always kept a positive attitude. My sincere sympathy to her family and to her niece who she adored so much

~ Kathleen Murphy

I first met Pam when I accepted the position of Developmental Pediatrician at Queen’s University at the Child Development Centre in September, 1996. She was working as a Developmental Pediatrician, at Pathways for Children and Youth, and organized the undergraduate and postgraduate Growth & Development curriculum at Queen’s. When she moved to London, she handed over the teaching roles to me, and only then did I recognize what a challenging task that was. My respect for her immediately grew exponentially. I continued to meet her at various Conferences and always loved her phenomenal ability to add insight and practical contributions to any clinical challenge in Developmental Pediatric topics. Her smile was contagious and her demeanour always pleasant and kind. I will sincerely miss my friend and colleague but know she’s in a better place. Sincere condolences to all family, friends and colleagues.

~ Ronald Garth Smith

Services for Pamela Janet Frid MD, FRCPC

Celebration of Life will be held at:
Westview Funeral Chapel
709 Wonderland Road North,
London, Ontario

July 26, 2024 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Words of Remembrance will be held at:
Westview Funeral Chapel
709 Wonderland Road North,
London, Ontario

July 26, 2024 5:30 pm

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