Herbert Frederick Lach, Jr., of Brewster, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 9, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on December 26, 1945 in Orange, New Jersey, to Herbert and Helene Lach. Herb grew up in New Jersey, with his sister, Kathryn Moss of North Carolina, and his brothers Douglas Lach of Pennsylvania, and William Lach of Georgia. He attended Bloomfield High School, in Bloomfield, New Jersey, where he and his wife, Cindy, became high school sweet hearts. They were married for 52 years. Herb graduated from the University of Massachusetts/ Amherst, in 1967. He became a Regular commissioned officer in the US Army upon his graduation. Herb and Cindy were married on June 6, 1967. Herb became a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam War earning his Ranger tab and receiving the Bronze Star among other commendations. Upon arriving home from the Vietnam War, Herb became involved with the rescue of a Vietnamese family. He worked tirelessly writing and communicating with those in the US and Vietnam, who could help sponsor a family and bring them to Orleans. He quietly and expertly coordinated the arrival of the Vo family to the Cape. Upon returning home from Vietnam, Herb pursued a career in law attending Boston College Law school. He passed the bar on his first attempt, and served his community with honesty and pride, practicing for 40+ years. Across the community, Herb was a highly respected attorney, often working pro bono for those in need. He was persistent, unfailingly stubborn in his pursuit of justice, and tough as nails, but tender and sensitive, too. He served on the Brewster Board of Appeals not only as a member, but also as Chairman for many years. Herb took pride in being the first male president of the Brewster Ladies Library. He also was instrumental in initiating the student Nauset Middle School and High School Mock Trial programs. Herb and Cindy raised two loving sons, Mike and Ken, on Cape Cod. They all loved living on Cape Cod and became sailing enthusiasts, taking extended voyages to Marthas Vineyard, Nantucket, Falmouth and the Elizabeth Islands. Summers also included annual camping trips to the White Mountains and Maine. Herb was a kind and loving husband, father, and grandfather, and beloved by so many for his generous spirit, huge yet humble heart, and easygoing humor that always made you smile and laugh. Herb loved his family dearly. He is survived by his mother Helene, wife, sons and his grandchildren, Skyler, Sage, Sophia and Ethan, as well as many nieces and nephews, sisters and brothers in-law and the family dog, Caper. A private burial took place on March 17th at the Massachusetts National Cemetery.
Published in The Cape Codder from Apr. 22 to May 1, 2020.