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Richard L. Lambert; 85

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Richard L. Lambert; 85

FITCHBURG -- Richard L. Lambert, 85, a longtime Fitchburg Police Captain, died Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Health Alliance Leominster Hospital, after a long illness.

His wife of 62 years, Mary C. (Sowerbutts) Lambert, died in 2011.

He leaves two sons, Richard L. Lambert Jr., and his wife, Mary, of Kennebunk, ME, and Jack W. Lambert, and his wife, Sherry, of East Lyme, CT; one daughter, Peg Oliver of Townsend; six grandchildren, Matthew and Michelle Lambert, Kimberly and Tracy Oliver, and Sean and Tim Lambert; and three great-grandchildren, Cole, Skye and Logan Lambert.

Captain Lambert began his career with the Fitchburg Police Dept. in 1954 as a Reserve Police Officer and became a Permanent Police Officer in November of that year. In 1970, he was appointed as a Permanent Sergeant, in 1974, a Permanent Lieutenant, and in 1978, he became a Permanent Captain. He was appointed as Acting Chief of Police in 1987, and retired from the force in 1990, after 35 years of service.

He was a member of the Fitchburg and Massachusetts Police Association and the Worcester County Chiefs of Police Association. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Fitchburg Council #99, the Fitchburg Municipal Employees Federal Credit Union, serving on the Board of Directors and as a Security Officer, Council on Aging, City of Fitchburg Cemetery Commission, retired Men's Association and various other community organizations.

He was a member of St. Camillus de Lellis Parish, where he served as an usher for many years. He enjoyed bowling and was a member of the Retired Men's Bowling League and was an avid Red Sox fan and enjoyed fishing.

He was a 1945 graduate of North High School in Worcester and attended Mt. Wachusett Community College in Gardner, where he took several Law Enforcement courses.

He was a Veteran of World War II, serving as a Seaman First Class on the USS Ticonderoga.

He was born in Worcester, MA, on November 7, 1927, the son of the late Leo A., and Bertha I. (Labrie) Lambert, and lived in Leominster since April of 2000, after living in Fitchburg for most of his life.

LAMBERT -- Dick's Funeral will be celebrated on Monday, Oct. 21, from the Smith-Mallahy-Masciarelli and Fitchburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Home, 243 Water St., Fitchburg, with a Mass at 10:00 a.m. in St. Bernard's Parish @ St. Camillus de Lellis Church, 333 Mechanic St., Fitchburg. Burial will follow with Full Military Honors in St. Bernard's Cemetery, Fitchburg. Calling hours at the Funeral Home are on Sunday, October 20, from 3 to 6 p.m. Flowers may be sent or memorial contributions may be made to the Health Alliance Leominster Hospital Cancer Center, 60 Hospital Rd., Leominster, MA 01453 or may be left at the Funeral Home. For further information see (www.masciarellifamilyfuneralhomes.net).

Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Oct. 18, 2013
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