One of the country’s leading stud dog breeders, Pam Heasman, passed away this week at the age of 85. Pam used to be the secretary for the Greyhound Trainers’ Association and she was a noted trainer and breeder of greyhounds. She also kept many champion greyhound stud dogs. She died this week in a Kings Lynn hospital, aged 85.
Pat Quinn, a personal friend of Pam Heasman, commented on her life this week, saying that she was:
“a lovely lady who was totally dedicated to her greyhounds”. He said her passing was the end of an era.
Pam was the last of the old school. And as my son David said, she’s probably now talking greyhounds up above with Stan Gudgin, Paddy Milligan and Noreen Collin.”
Pat Quinn said that Heasman would be remembered as one of the greatest keepers of stud dogs in the sport of greyhound racing. In 2005, Heasman was recognised for her work in the field of greyhound racing when she was given an award at the BGRG Awards. Heasman couldn’t make it down to London to collect her award in person, but recorded a thank you message for her peers. Pat Quinn was at the awards ceremony, and she commented:
“I was there, of course, and it was one of the most emotional nights of my life, even though we had some fun recording it to the camera. She wouldn’t be used to that sort of thing!”
Heasman began her greyhound career when she was a young woman. She aided greyhound trainer Stanley Biss at an Essex dog kennels, Denver Lodge, Nazeing. Heasman took over running the kennels herself and then became a trainer at Wembley.