It was with great sadness that we received the news of the passing of Victoria Hay Pacaud. Victoria was just a few weeks short of her 104th birthday, which would have been on 15th April, and lived a full and active life throughout.
Victoria traced her ancestry to James Hay, who, in the 1800's emigrated from Leith to Norfolk, Virginia.
Victoria was an only child and spent her childhood in New York City and on a large farm 100 miles north. There she enjoyed sports including riding and fishing.
At 21, Victoria was hired as a model by the prestigious fashion house of Hattie Carnegie where she was a great success but in 1936 she left to chaperone a younger cousin on a trip around the world. During their travels, she met and fell in love with Henry Lafayette Collins, Jr. and soon after, they were married.
Mr Collins was a gentleman farmer and her experience as a rider proved to be an asset. Henry was elected Master of Fox Hounds at the prestigious Radnor Hunt in 1951 and served until his untimely death in 1962.
Victoria continued the legacy of horse sport at Blackburn Farm by hosting a juried antique Carriage Marathon for 34 years.
Following the wedding of her son, Henry Lafayette Collins III, in 1965, she moved to Bermuda where she and her husband owned a 17th-century pirate refuge. There she met and married Charles Edward Pacaud. Charles died in 2006 at the age of 97 and since then, Victoria has lived in New York city. She had 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Victoria was proud to be a Hay and we were proud of her and are sad to loose her; a fine member of the Clan.
10am Saturday 11th March
St Jean Baptiste R.C. Church
Corner of Lexington Avenue and 76th Street, New York City.
New York, New York 10021
Reception after the service.
Those who wish to pay their respects mat do so on Friday 10th March 3-6pm
Frank E Campbell Funeral Chapel
1076 Madison Avenue 81st Street
New York, New York 10028
Flowers to - Frank E Campbell Funeral Chapel.