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On the morning of April 7th, 2023, it is as if the world shook, and the oceans ran still. In that moment, everything forever changed. We lost a friend, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, and a gentle soul. It was on this morning that we share with you the tragic news of the passing of Pamela Johnson, age 52, of Oakhurst, NJ. Pam faced her shocking diagnosis of metastatic melanoma with courage, grace, and resolve. She passed peacefully with her family at her bedside. Pam held a special place in all of our hearts. She had a calm, gentle presence that radiated from her, and she was always ready to be a loyal listener. She adored her family and wished for happiness for all those who had the pleasure of knowing her.
Pam's life was rich and filled with adventure. She cherished the beach and the ocean - a true Jersey Girl at heart. She longed for the surf and made surfing a regular pastime. She strived to remain active and enjoyed running, fitness, and the great outdoors. Pam was determined and incredibly driven and routinely completed long-distance races, including numerous half marathons and the Jersey Shore triathlon. She also rang in many a new year with the New York Road Runners Midnight Run in NYC. She enjoyed traveling, and Europe and the tropics were some of her favorite destinations. Pam was warm and engaging and made new friends wherever she went and cherished all those memories.
Pam never let her family down. She quietly and lovingly cared for her mother as she became sick and she always kept a careful, albeit unintrusive eye, on her father. She was an amazing listener and friend. Pam was never too busy to hear stories about her nieces and nephews and to be there for whoever needed her with sound advice and constant encouragement. She was special to everyone who knew her, and they were always very special to her. She cherished her family and friends.
Pam enjoyed success in varied areas of her life. She completed schooling and worked both as a certified pharmacy technician as well as for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NJ. Pam had a keen eye and was especially gifted with visual arts, drawing and painting. Through her love of fitness, she motivated others to live healthier and happier lives. Further, Pam knew how to encourage others to reach for the stars, no matter the goal.
There is no denying how much Pam will be missed by her friends and family. She is predeceased by her grandparents, Anthony and Marion Lucia and Raymond and Audrey Johnson, and by her beloved mother and best friend, Ellen. She is survived by her loving father Glenn, her brother Glenn and his wife Victoria, her sister Toni Adams and husband William, and is further survived by her nieces and nephews, Catherine and Glenn Jr. Johnson, Ellen, William Jr., Emily, and Anthony Adams.
A memorial gathering to remember and celebrate Pam's life will be held on Friday, April 14, 2023 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Damiano Funeral Home, 191 Franklin Avenue in Long Branch. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, April 15th at 9:00 am at Holy Trinity Church, 408 Prospect Street in Long Branch with the interment of cremains to follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in West Long Branch. Memorial donations on Pam's behalf can be made to the American Cancer Society, 2310 Route 34, Suite 1D, Manasquan, NJ 08736. The family invites you to leave a letter of condolence by selecting the Tribute/Guestbook link above.
American Cancer Society
2310 Rt. 34 Suite 1D, Manasquan NJ 08736