Pamela Lynn SCANLON
September 3, 1952 – January 9, 2020
Pamela Lynn SCANLON was born on September 3, 1952 and passed away on January 9, 2020.
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Pamela Lynn SCANLON
January 23, 2020
Pam and Bonnie and I were the Justice Information Technology "Good Ole Gals!" When we heard that folks (who shall remain nameless) created that nickname, we took it as a compliment! Often we were the only women in the room (IT, have to love it) which brought us closer together over many years. Pam was such a leader and such a big voice in law enforcement tech... more importantly, she exhibited a true north: fairness, kindness, dignity, charity, integrity, quality, and service, in everything she did.
Pam was also hilarious... always up for a joke, an endless sense of humor. She and Bonnie attended many more events than I was able to, and never failed to send messages... teasing me about ordering lobster (one of my pet issues). I always responded with "NO LOBSTERS!" Last summer, Pam, Lou and I attended the SEARCH Symposium and we walked to dinner at Legal Seafoods, nearby. Of course she insisted that we don lobster bibs and send a picture to Bonnie.
One of the best experiences I've had was joining Pam and Bonnie for the San Diego Komen Walk for the Cure, in 2012. Katie and Lou and others also joined for various portions of the walk.... Pam and I had each just lost a parent, and our trip was so poignant, but it gave us purpose and focus in our grief. So many San Diego police officers and firefighters gave up their leave time to accompany the walkers each day, and ensure we were safe crossing intersections. They all knew and loved Pam, she had a cheering section with her supporting her all the way.
Pam loved her husband and family so much. That's the hard part, we know she is in Heaven and with her mom and dad, but we will miss her forever. To Lou and Pam's family, my deepest sympathy. We all treasured her, so much.
January 21, 2020
I feel lucky to have known Pam and to call her a friend. She was one of the strongest women I have ever met. She tackled her cancer like she tackled everything else..head on, with dignity and class. Pam has forever left her mark on the law enforcement information sharing world, leading the way in so many areas. She was never afraid to push the envelope and be the first to stick her neck out..always with officer safety in mind. I already miss her laugh which was constant when her and Bonnie got together (pretty sure they were sisters separated at birth.) She was an amazing person and will be deeply missed by all of us. Goodbye my friend until we see each other again.. (PS. I had only a half a glass of wine while writing this – smiling as I remember that you never ever finished a single glass 😊)
January 21, 2020
How do you put into words what Pam meant to those of us in the justice and public safety community? What comes to mind is mentor, leader, pioneer, friend, fighter and brave. You only need to ask anyone who is the one person that made one of the most significant impacts in the world of justice information sharing and they will tell you it was Pam Scanlon. We fought many battles together and laughed until we cried along the way. She simply can never be replaced. I want her friends and family to know that she will live on through those of us that will make sure her good work continues. I wish I could share all the great pictures we have but I am sharing a special one when we did a breast cancer walk in San Diego together. You fought for so long my friend, now it is time to rest. You are smiling down on all of us, I can feel it. Love, Bonnie aka one half of Laverne and Shirley or as I preferred Rizzoli and Isles. Love and miss you.
January 18, 2020
Pam and I were recipients of the second annual Women In Blue awards. Before the ceremony there was a private room for awardees and family. Pam and I sat at a table and watched our husbands get recognition from the other attendees. We looked at each other and agreed it was always about them. This was done with a smile on both of our faces and an agreement that without us, they would not be who they were. Pam and I enjoyed many lovely moments at various conferences. Some involved dinner, some involved drinks and some involved casinos. We always had a wonderful time together because who could not have a wonderful time with her. I will miss her and remember as one of the bravest women I have ever known. RIP, Pam. Natalie