Gales Ferry - Walter William Lamb, 92, beloved father and grandfather, passed away Jan. 25, 2021, at his home. He was born Nov. 12, 1928, in Aud, Mo. the son of James Earl Lamb and Hada (Mantle) Lamb. He grew up living the farm life working hard along with his eleven siblings. Walter left home and joined the U.S. Navy eventually settling in Connecticut. He was married to Jean (Rolfe) Lamb July 3, 1953, at St. Joseph Church in New London. He was a devout Catholic and a man of great faith. He was a generous donor to many charities, and he lived his life in such a way that he was respected by many.
Walter was a very hard worker and was skilled in many different trades. He started his own business, Lamb's Mobile Home Service, repairing furnaces, plumbing and fixing electrical issues. He could fix just about anything. He also enjoyed hauling and setting up mobile homes by himself. Eventually, he bought his own trailer park, Lamb's Mobile Home Park in Uncasville. Owning the park was his pride and joy. He retired in his 70s although he always found some project to do because it made him happy to work. He said that working was his "hobby". In his 80s he purchased his home in Gales Ferry and built a stone wall by hand that is about 140 feet long. He was extremely proud of this accomplishment. Walter set a great example for his family because he was honest, hard-working, faithful and steadfast in his beliefs. He never wavered from his trust in God.
Walter will be missed by his seven children, Walter W. Lamb II and his wife Veronica (McElroy), Mary L. Timpe and her companion Paul Augustine, James L. Lamb and his wife Cindy (Ladd), Ronald A. Lamb and his wife Kathy (Jakubowski), Ruth A. Gadbois and her husband John, Kathryn E. Jakubowski and her husband James and Jean V. St. Denis and her husband John. He is survived by his sisters, Sr. Mary Evelyn Lamb, Sr. Jamesine Lamb, Esther Brandt; and his brothers, Charles and Robert. He also has 21 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife; his brothers, Dale, Paul, Melvin and James Lamb; his sisters, Earline and Sr. Jane Marie Lamb; and great-granddaughter Abigail Lamb.
Special thank you to his caregiver and nurse from Assured Health, Tamdin and Jessica for their wonderful care. Thank you also to Debbie and Julie his aide and nurse from Hospice who took great care of him and were always there when needed.
A private service will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Gales Ferry. Burial will be private due to COVID-19.
The Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Avenue, New London is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Published in The Day on Jan. 27, 2021.