It is with a heavy heart that Holstein Australia acknowledges the death of Pam Summerville of Fairy Bower Holsteins on 1st April 2020.
From the 1960’s until today, the Summerville family, with Pam as its matriarch, have been an important and much loved part of the Holstein community. In a dairying life that stretched from Southern Queensland to Northern Victoria, Pam along with husband Les were Sub-Branch stalwarts. Pam was Secretary and Treasurer of Northern Vic Sub-Branch for many years, supported by Les. Before making the move south to Victoria, the roles were reversed with Pam supporting Les during his time as Moreton Sub-Branch President and delegate to the Queensland State Branch.
If there was an event happening, a meeting to attend, On-Farm competition arrangements to be made, Pam and Les were always there, continuing these activities long after they retired from dairying in the 2000’s.
Pam was awarded Sub-Branch life membership on the occasion of the Northern Victorian Sub-Branch 50th anniversary, the first woman to receive such recognition, followed by Les being similarly recognised a couple of years later.
Pam and Les also received the Holstein Australia Distinguished Service Award in 2014 (pictured), presented to them at the National Awards Dinner in Queensland where their Holstein story began, and where the Summerville family contributed so much to the Moreton Sub-Branch.
Pam is survived by her husband Les, children Leanne and Steven, Leanne's partner Jason, daughter in-law Hayley and grandchildren Brayden, Hannah and Nate.
Along with the entire Holstein community, all at Holstein Australia offer their sincere condolences to the Summerville family.