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September 05, 2007
Richard Lambert, Approaching the 100-year mark
|Richard Lambert, who will be 100 years old on Sept. 16, is holding a photograph of him and his late wife, Lucille, taken for their 60th wedding anniversary.|
|Laura Dunham photo|
KINGFIELD, Maine (STPNS) -- KINGFIELD -- A local man will celebrate his one hundredth birthday in the middle of this month. To mark Richard Lambert?s milestone, friends and relatives will gather at the Farmington Baptist Church on Sept. 16 for a noon potluck lunch with desserts and beverages provided which will be followed by a program at 2 p.m. There will be a money tree available and everyone is invited.
Lambert has many certificates of appreciation at his home that he now shares with his son and daughter-in-law, Maurice and Dot Lambert, in Kingfield. He showed off an elder certificate and a thank-you from the Farmington Baptist Church where he was recognized for his nine years of exceptional service to the community. Lambert has been also recognized for his volunteering at Edgewood Rehabilitation Center in Farmington where he was known as ?The Goodwill Ambassador? with the certificates presented by Pastor Earl Edgerly.
Lambert also helped several Strong students with reading and was awarded for his efforts with a dinner. Farmington Baptist Church also honored Lambert for his many years of ministry serving as an elder of the church.
Lambert?s life began on Sept. 15, 1907 in West Freeman with his father, Harry Elver Lambert, his mother, Jenny Gray Lambert, and his sister, Gladys Evelyn Lambert, who was four years older and passed away at 101 year old. ?Our home,? said Lambert, ?was in Strong in a house built by my father on High Street.?
Lambert started school in Strong when he was four years old graduating at 16. At the age of 12 Lambert said that he and his father went to the pulpit and accepted the Lord joining the Methodist Church in Strong, where he served as lay leader several times, until 1959.
When Lambert was 20 years old he married Lucille Mitchell of Phillips and later had two children: the late Rosalind Lambert Starnes and Maurice Lambert.
Lambert worked two summers at Starbird Lumber Company during high school giving his mother all his money, which enabled him to pay cash for his first car, a Dodge Sedan.
Then Lambert went to work for Starbird full-time for the next 35 years, serving as foreman of the garage, engineering and overseeing the building of the debarking plant, doing a lot of electrical and machine work and acting as foreman of the upper long lumber mill for 13 summers.
After that Lambert said the family moved to Kingfield where he and his wife, Lucille, lived for 20 years, and he and his son, Maurice, ran the Esso Gas Station on Main Street retiring in 1972. The couple joined the First Baptist Church where Lambert served as the deacon for 14 years. He was a corporator at the former Kingfield Savings Bank, and served on the town?s budget committee.
When his wife Lucille became ill they sold their home in Kingfield (the former Gussie?s Whole Foods) and moved back to Strong. Lucille went to be with the Lord, said Lambert, in April of 1996.
?After the death of my wife,? said Lambert, ?I took care of myself cooking and continuing to drive until I was 98 years old while living at the Elderly Housing. In Strong I finally turned in my license to the Secretary of State who wrote me a congratulations letter. I moved to Kingfield to make my home with my son, Maurice and his wife, Dot, a year ago.?
Lambert said he misses his good friend Floyd Ellis but goes to see him as much as possible. Lambert also enjoys reading; when he goes to bed his favorite books are by author Louis L?Amour who writes western novels. ?I think,? said Lambert, ?we have about 100 of his books.?
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