It is with deep sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our loved one, James Keegan Stanley Lamb, at Concordia Place at the age of 87 years.
Jim was predeceased by his parents, William and Laura Lamb; sisters, Laurabelle Hampshire and Alice and her husband, Don; brother, Bill Lamb; eldest son, Earl; nephew, Niel Hampshire; and his uncle, Frank Keegan of Terrytown, N.Y., who served in the First World War and is buried in Arlington Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Maxine; sons, Gerald and Jamie; and grandson, Joel Keegan Lamb.
Also lovingly cherished by his sister-in-law, Arlene Lamb and her family; niece, Lori Gilbert and Len Maki, and their daughter, Emma; nephew, Donnie Gilbert; and brother-in-law, Allan Hampshire and families.
Grandpa also is survived by our dear grandson, Matt and Ashley; and two great-grandchildren, Bailey Ann and Isaac James; as well as Andrew Steven and his mother, Sheri.
Dad was born in Fort Frances, Ont. and worked as a heavy equipment operator and dredge leverman in the 1950s. In 1954, he married Mom and moved to Atikokan, Ont. to work at Steep Rock.
His career change would take him to Winnipeg and the city of East Kildonan, repairing sewer and watermains. He brought the first draught backhoe from Wisconsin.
Another change was to Thompson, Man. and Inco and dredging another lake—this time for nickle. Years went by and his dream job, a six-year stint making islands for Shell oil rigs in the Beaufort Sea.
During his employment in the Arctic, he demonstrated his prowess operating the tug, the Mary Lou Spencer, while battling a terrible wind. That was the Beaufort Sea. From the Arctic to Central America and El Salvador, making a hydroelectric dam project with Morrison Knudson of Boise, Idaho.
Jim learned a bit of Spanish. He had to know it to order beer. He was thrilled when he arrived back on Canadian soil.
Dad loved anything with wheels, wings, or a rudder. He was at home on the water, whether dredging, running a tug boat, or just fishing in Ontario and northern Manitoba. He truly enjoyed woodworking and spending quality time with grandson, Joel.
His lifespan encompassed the Great Depression, Second World War, and the Space Race. In 1969, at the age of 38, he watched another 38-year-old set foot on the moon, understanding now what free men undertake and achieve is truly shared by all mankind.
We wish him blue skies and calm waters on his final journey.
Our neighbours were there for us always and that meant Jim had free run with their pets. Scampy, Sassy, Nickolos, and Gypsy were his buddies, then there was a cat named Rosie. Rosie spent lots of time at Grandpa's and the rest of us just loved him.
Jim enjoyed pool and cards, as well as chess. His mornings started with coffee and the crossword puzzle.
He was an honourary member of the East Kildonan Elmwood Seniors. One year he received wood-carving tools and that opened up a whole new world. We are lucky as he made some lovely things for everyone. Treasures.
He always had Robert Service in the suitcase. He also loved good music—Spanish, some country, such as Willie's “On The Road Again.” His brethren, Bill, plays the accordion and thanks to Arlene Lamb for her good memory, his band was the Hometown Serenaders and he played on Fort Frances radio station CFOB on Saturday nights.
While out in the woods this fall, James made sure he got some great photos and was able to show his Dad. How great was that?
As per Jim's wishes, there will not be a service.
In lieu of flowers, an in memoriam donation may be made to the charity of your choice.