A popular upholstery teacher and bed and breakfast owner known for her work with Hidden Gardens and Bury in Bloom has died aged 65 after a short battle against cancer.
Pamela Buck died on February 2 after being diagnosed in November last year.
A grandmother-of-two, Pamela ran a B&B from her home in Northgate Street, taught upholstery at West Suffolk College and brought joy to children in the area by hanging a life-size Father Christmas outside her home every year for the past decade.
Pamela leaves behind daughter Rachel, son Simon and grandchildren Ruby and Isobel.
Rachel said: “She was just such fun.
“She was incredibly talented and giving, and was a wonderful friend, mother and a super fantastic granny.
“She was always a bit bonkers – for her funeral she wanted a pink shoe party instead.
“We had 70 people in the garden, all wearing pink shoes.
“She didn’t want anyone feeling sad, she wanted a celebration and everyone having fun.”
Pamela was born in Austria and moved to the UK when she was very young.
Rachel said she was always taking part in community projects and fund-raising events.
“She has so many wonderful friends in Bury and really did make a huge impact on everyone she met.
“She was a very special person.”