Pamela Sue Waryas, of Colchester, passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 At home, with her beloved family by her side, after a long and valiant battle with cancer. She was 69 years old. Born on November 25, 1952 in Maquoketa, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Tolbert and Elizabeth (Hute) Bowling McKinnon. Pam met the man she would spend the best part of her life with while skipping school on a warm and sunny day in June of her senior year in high school. She was on the beach at Rocky Neck State Park when she and Edward A. Waryas, Jr., her husband to be, met for the first time. It was love at first site. They were married two months later on August 24, 1971, and began their life together, filled with love and adventure that lasted more than half a century. They traveled and lived in several different States and even abroad for three years. They settled in Ridgefield, CT where they made their home and raised their three beautiful children. In the early 1990”s, Pam owned and operated “The Ice Box”, an Ice hockey pro shop in Ridgefield, CT. Pam was the first ever graduate of the River Side Hospital Medical Assistant Program in Newport News, Virginia. She would later work as a Medical Assistant for Starling Physicians in New Britain. All the while, Pam and Edward spent their free time sailing, or at the beach, or visiting and vacationing at their favorite place on Block Island. Pam loved the ocean and sailing. She once won the Women’s sailing championship as Skipper on her sailboat “Firestorm”. Pam was also the former Program Director of the Jr. Sailing Program at the Norwalk Yacht Club where they moored their vessel. After retiring, Pam and Ed would spend their summers living on their Sailboat, “Tuuli Rose” and winter at a beach cottage in Old Lyme. Recently, they moved to their retirement home in Colchester where they also attended St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church. Most importantly, Pam will be remembered by her loved ones as a selflessly devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who always put her family above all else. She always said that her proudest accomplishment was her children. Pam will be sadly missed but always remembered with love by her husband Edward; her children, Edward A. Waryas III of Colchester, Erik Waryas and his fiancé, Aleah Brennan of Haddonfield, NJ, Christina and her husband, Gary Murphy of Milford, CT; siblings, Roger and his wife, Debbie Bowling of Maquoketa, Iowa, Steve and his wife, Rhonda Bowling of Bettendorf, Iowa, Rodney and his wife, Karen Bowling of Lago Vista, TX; grandchildren, Boston, Rocco, Everly, Hudson, Tyler, and his fiancé, Tressa, and their daughter, Vanessa; and numerous extended family members and friends. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2022 from 5 – 7 PM at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Rd., Colchester. The funeral Mass will be celebrated the following day, on Friday, April 1, 2022 at 11 AM at St. Andrew Church, 128 Norwich Ave. Colchester, assembling at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home prior to the service at 10 AM. Burial will follow in New St. Andrew Cemetery, Colchester. Donations in Pam’s memory may be made to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition 12221 Merit Dr #1950, Dallas, TX 75251 or to Save The Sound 900 Chapel Street, Suite 2202 New Haven, CT 06510 For online condolences, please visit www.auroramccarthyfuneralhome.com
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