It is with great sadness that the family of William John (Bill) Lamb, 86, announces his passing on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.
He was born in Fort Frances to William John and Laura Lamb on Oct. 10, 1924.
He attended public and high school in Fort Frances, and later was employed as a machinist at the Fort Frances paper mill until his retirement in January, 1987.
On Feb. 3, 1956, he married Arlene Carlson and together they raised their four children. Bill’s passion was providing for his wife and family, and watching the grandchildren as they came along.
For many years, he enjoyed playing his accordian at dances in Fort Frances and throughout the district. He treasured many fond memories with family and friends while socializing around the campfire while camping, fishing, and on family vacations.
He also enjoyed his hobby of building model airplanes and repairing things.
With fond memories, Bill is survived by his wife, Arlene; son, William John (Tammy) of Fort Frances, Ont.; daughters, Sharlene (John) of Thunder Bay, Ont., Shelley (Peter) of London, Ont., and Kari (Larry) of Dryden, Ont.; six grandchildren, Christina (Ian) of Thunder Bay, Ont., Timothy (Erin) of Edmonton, Alta., Scott of Edmonton, Alta., Jeffery of London, Ont., and Joshua and Ashley of Dryden, Ont.; and three great-grandchildren, Chloe of Edmonton, Alta. and Gavin and Kingston of Thunder Bay, Ont.
He also is survived by his brother, James (Maxine) Lamb of Winnipeg, Man.; sister, Alice Gilbert of Thunder Bay, Ont.; brother-in-law, Kenneth Carlson and his family; and many nieces and nephews.
Bill was predeceased by his parents, William and Laura Lamb; sister, Laurabelle Hampshire of Brantford, Ont.; nephews, Robert Gilbert, Earl Lamb, and Neal Hampshire; and his mother-in-law, Edla Orwick.
According to his wishes, a family funeral service will be held at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances. Rev. Barbara Miller will officiate, with interment in Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances.
The pallbearers will be his sons-in-law, John Fisher, Peter White, and Larry Shine, and grandsons, Scott Lamb, Jeffery White, and Joshua Shine.
The honourary pallbearers will be his grandchildren, Timothy Lamb, Christina Lamb-Fisher, and Ashley Shine, and great-grandchildren, Chloe Lamb, Gavin Aylward, and Kingston Aylward.
Should family and friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to La Verendrye General Hospital Memorial Fund, Rainycrest Family Council, or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
Online condolences may be offered at greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com