William Branson Lambert
(1923 - 2009)

William Branson Lambert

April 8, 1923

January 7, 2009

Good friendships, exotic travel, a tennis victory
New Photos added 1-28-09--Dayton Rotary Presidential Ball----ALSO-- Thanks to all who were able to make it to Bill's Memorial Service in Naples, Florida!!!*************************************************

This site is dedicated to Bill Lambert. Bill passed away on January 7, 2009 at 8:43 am under the compassionate care of the Chateau at the Moorings in Naples, Florida. The cause of death was Alzheimers disease.

Bill will be remembered for many things but notably for his humor, optimism and his love of family and friends.

Bill is shown here in his unofficial Rotary presidential uniform. Bill chuckled to his last days about breaking the Dayton Rotary Club's bank on his presidential ball.

Bill was a great husband and father. He was a master at making friends and deepening those friendships. He loved tennis, boating, traveling, entertaining, good jokes and cheap wine. He was forever devoted to his wife, Evelyn, of 62 years. He was a joy to his friends and family who loved him deeply, and he will be sorely missed by all.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Dorothy Lambert, and his sister Patricia Burt of Weston, MA. He is survived by his wife Evelyn of Naples, FL and his 4 children, Ann K. Lambert of Cambridge, MA, Carol J. Lambert of Clinton, MA, Stephen K. Lambert of Englewood, OH and William W. Lambert of Indianapolis, IN.

Thanks for your thoughts and prayers.

To send a private message to the family or Evelyn, please email at blambert11@comcast.net. Evelyn's contact info: 111 Moorings Park Drive, Orchid Terrace #219, Naples, Florida 34105,ph. 239.649.6820

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January 7, 2009, exactly one year ago today, marked the passing of the most impressive and influential man to establish a presence in my life - my Super Granddad ("SGD"), William B. Lambert.

365 days ago, I sat here in our Nation's Capital, as I do again today, for a week long sales conference; carving out my own success, working to impact the lives of my peers, set and achieve goals, embrace life's beauty and reap it's rewards - all characteristics that my SGD instilled upon me.

This morning I rose with a sense of vigor, humility, and vacancy. Today, along with every day, was indeed a "great day for the race!" Embracing my surroundings, I was inspired to seek out Washington DC's largest and most awe-inspiring Episcopal Church, Saint Paul's Parish just north of Georgetown. The Church was closed to the public, yet I was fortunate enough to earn the gracious accommodation of "Murdoch," the Parish's own caretaker. Murdoch was kind and omniscient enough to leave me be, alone before God to once again stand beside my grandfather. SGD and I shared some choice words of love and wisdom, as we had done for 27 years of my life. It was a brief and moving experience.

After my time at Saint Paul's I took the liberty of honoring my Grandfather in Arlington Cemetery, where more than 300,000 of his brethren rest in peace. SGD was a proud and honorable Navy Man, and he would want you to know about it! What I want you to know about my Grandfather is that I love him dearly and miss him much. On this day, One Year Later, I offer my thanks and appreciation to my SGD for helping to make me the man I am today.

With Love and Admiration,

Earl Lambert Murphy -aka- SGS
Earl Lambert Murphy (Super Grandson)
January 7th, 2010
With thanksgiving for the life of WBL
For Dad,

Now beyond life, his spirit strong, Dad is with Patricia his sister and mother Mymee and his father the grandfather I hardly knew and Ray’s father whom I got to know quite well through research, the famous automaker John William Lambert. In life Dad ran a successful mid-sized manufacturing company putting out lawn sweepers and floor sweepers, garden carts, many items, much like previous Lamberts dating back to before the Civil War. Dad’s great-grandfather was one of the first successful manufacturers in Ohio. His grandfather designed, built and drove the first car to run by gasoline in America.

My dad was an entrepreneur, a salesman extraordinaire, the life of the party, always well-mannered, the leader. He cheered football especially for Princeton and Oakwood High. He heralded humor and physical fitness and lived those passions through performance and social pranks, tennis and sailing. He loved to travel, take pictures, eat, drink and watch sunsets.

Most importantly for me, Bill Lambert had heart. He was warmly dedicated to his friends and family especially his wife.

It’s a great day for the Race!

Carol Jean, daughter #2

Carol Lambert (daughter)
December 24th, 2009
Dear Evelyn and the Lambert Family,
I think of Bill every day. Why? Because I live in his mother Dorothy's house on Woods Road. I remember Bill's showing it to me with pride. He loved to tell the story of my "buying the house one Saturday by running across your lawn on Rubicon, check in hand, to interrupt his tennis game to make the deal. Afterward, I enjoyed many a day playing tennis on your court with the "girls" and sometimes even Bill.
I send my sympathies to you all. He was one of a kind! Cathie Bieser Black
Cathie Black (friend)
February 23rd, 2009
One time Bill and Evelyn stayed at a New York hotel for a business meeting. In an adjoining room was a Princeton classmate and his wife. As Bill and Evelyn returned to their room from breakfast, they overheard the classmate ordering scrambled eggs from room service. A few minutes later, the classmate received a telephone call:

"This is room service, sir. I am sorry our egg scrambler is broken. Would you like any other kind of eggs instead -- fried, poached or boiled?"

The classmate fell for it and ordered fried eggs.

You guessed it: it was Bill.

-Mike Seymour

Mike Seymour (College Roommate and Life)
February 22nd, 2009
In 1983, on a camping trip to the southwest, our family visited the Lambert household on Ivanhoe Avenue. Bill had recently renovated one of his grandfather's Lambert automobiles and insisted on taking us for a ride around the neighborhood. Everything went fine until we came to a fairly steep hill, when Bill sheepishly suggested we get out and push. Nothing daunted, we then sailed down the other side of the hill at 20 m.p.h.
Bill always sailed through life with great good humor, making the ride fun and memorable for all of us* (*see photo of Bill and Mike celebrating the safe return home in the Lambert that day, in the photo gallery here).

Mike, Catryna, Tryntje and Gabriel Seymour
Mike Seymour (College Roommate and Life)
February 22nd, 2009
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"One Year Anniversary With thanksgiving for the life of WBL For Dad, Now beyond life, his spirit strong, Dad is with Patricia his sister and mother Mymee and his father the grandfather I hardly knew and Ray’s father whom I got to know quite well"
Carol Lambert
December 24th, 2009
"Granddad was....more than words can describe. Every once in a while when I am missing him, I look up this site. While I know he is in a far better place, I can't help but wish he was still here with us. I treasure every moment we spent together"
Sarah Lambert
September 20th, 2009
"Bill was godfather to Tryntje and a delightful companion. We loved his surprise visits, whether in a gorilla outfit on the streets of the West Village, or Beatles' wig at the Plaza Hotel. One never knew what was coming next. -- The Seymour Fami"
Mike Seymour
February 22nd, 2009
"Thanks to Mr. Lambert for his kindness and generosity and making me feel like part of the Lambert family!! He was a great and unique man. To Steve-Patti, and all the Lambert family, especially Evelyn. Smile each day for every great memory!! Barb"
barbara nikolai
January 24th, 2009
"So many fond memories of family times, vacations and scuba diving trips. Bill loved to laugh and make others laugh, too. Our prayers are with the Lamberts and especially Jennifer and Steve, his grandchildren. O'Dell Family January 23, 2009"
Susan ODell
January 23rd, 2009
""tiger" was a great friend and mentor. i still remember his thoughtful observations. some were laced with humor, and some were not, but they were all worth consideration. we will always remember him with admiration. our warmest sympathy on this los"
jim dicke
January 21st, 2009
"We were scuba buddies. We were tennis partners/competitors. We were world travelers to places like Israel and Jordan. He was a great friend. I will miss him. My prayers and love to the Lambert family. Bill Sheppard"
Bill Sheppard
January 21st, 2009
"WBL was the World's Greatest Boss! It was an honor and a pleasure to have worked for him all those many years. My deepest sympathy to the Lambert family."
Marilyn Brown
January 17th, 2009
"So many wonderful memories of times our families spent together. Bill was very special to both my parents and Evelyn, I know they loved you both. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you."
Carol Wight
January 15th, 2009
"I will always treasure Bill's friendship,dignity and marketing expertise. I will also always remember his great sense of humor and ability to be well liked and respected by everyone who met him. My thoughts and prayers to the Lambert family."
Victor Klein
January 15th, 2009


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