Pamela J. Putnam (also known as Pam Lockhart), 71, longtime Shrewsbury resident, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 2, 2021, in the comfort of her home.
Born in North Adams and raised in Northampton, Pamela was one of three daughters of Margaret (Crews) Putnam and the late James R. Putnam. She graduated from Northampton High School, Class of 1967. Pam began her career working for the Massachusetts Electric Company in Leeds. She moved east to Worcester County and held numerous jobs that allowed her to be present at home to care for her daughter, including working as the acting manager for the Holden Hills Country Club, and as a bookkeeper for the Worcester Pastoral Counseling Center, while continuing her education through local Worcester colleges. Eventually, she became the executive assistant to several prominent executives at Digital Equipment Corporation, where she became co-founder of the Gold-Key Club: a secretarial collaboration team which developed shortcuts and improved the functionality of early computer systems in the ‘80’s and early ‘90’s. She retired from Digital soon after it was absorbed by Intel, and continued working part-time as an executive assistant for local businesses.
In her free time, Pam enjoyed needlework, crafting, gardening, and feeding/watching the birds that visited her. She liked watching Hallmark Christmas movies year-round, and recently, she discovered the joys and hazards of binge-watching Netflix TV series. Pam was also an avid reader.
Pamela was predeceased by her beloved life partner, the late David G. Massad, Sr., and her sister, the late Margaret (Putnam) Ortolani.
Along with her mother, Margaret, of Sandy Springs, GA, she is survived by her loving daughter, Sharon E. Lockhart-Rowe, of Adams, MA; her grandchildren: Jonathan E. Rowe, Ellen Margaret (Rowe) Cunningham, and David James Rowe, all of Adams, MA; her sister, Paige (Putnam) Pillsbury, of Sandy Springs, GA; as well as several nieces and nephews, and their children. Pam also leaves several friends, who provided such love and assistance to her that they became like family.
We imagine her now, standing tall and strong, seeing, hearing, and breathing, and loved more now than we can possibly imagine in the presence of our Lord.
We invite friends that knew Pam to share their memories of her by completing the following Google form online: https://forms.gle/mLvN2xEM9dSPxwJX7. Services will be held at a later date, when it’s safe to gather.