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Roy R. Lambert


Captain Roy R. Lambert, age 87, of Newark, DE left this world on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, to visit his parents, Emanuel and Aili Lambert, his siblings, Charles, Owen, Robert, Marion and Lorraine and his daughter, Velma Gail who all preceded him in death. He left his wife of 67 years, Velma M. Vallie Carroll; his daughters, Linda Lindale and husband Harry of Dover and Noreen Creswell of Newark; siblings, Fay, Mannie and Mavis; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; and his faithful canine companions, Snowball, Zeus and Sonny.

Born in Ironwood, MI on July 21, 1926 and raised in Hurley, WI, Captain Lambert, known fondly as Billie, Roy, Dad, Pop and Captain Roy, former master of the McFarland and the Dredge Comber, began his seagoing career when he enlisted in the Navy during WWII. He did two active stints with the Navy, the second during the Korean War. He served in the Merchant Marines after attending the Atlantic Merchant Marine Academy and rose to the rank of captain in the US Naval Reserve. His favorite assignment was being the master of the Dredge Comber, while working with the US Army Corps of Engineers. Prior to his retirement, Captain Lambert served the US government for 43 years.

A true patriot, he loved his country and was a proud member of the VFW Post #745 in Newark and the American Legion. In his leisure time, Captain Lambert loved learning foreign languages, doing crossword puzzles, watching his favorite cowboy shows and reading books written by author, Zane Grey. He loved the sea and nature and appreciated the beauty in both. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 2 pm on Wednesday afternoon, May 7, 2014, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a visitiation will be held from 1 pm until 2 pm. A committal service will be held at 11 am on Thursday morning, May 8, 2014 at the chapel of the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.


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  • I am so sorry for your loss. While I don’t remember meeting Uncle Roy, I remember Mom (Lorraine) mentioning him often while we were growing up. Having lost Mom in 2002 and Dad in 2004, I know how empty the world seems when our loved ones leave us. I send my condolences and prayers. Liz and Ken Roberts, Missouri

  • A greater man then I’ll ever know again. He will always be missed.

  • I am so sorry to read of the death of Captain Lambert. I know how special he was to Haili. Mrs. Lambert, I think of you very fondly.

  • My Grandfather was on of the best men I’ve ever known and ever will know. He loved me unconditionally, always supported my decisions, and was always there for me. I love you Pop. R.I.P. You will be missed!

  • I will always remember you and the times we spent together talking. You will truly be missed.

  • Mrs. Lambert, I am so sorry for your loss. You were always a champion for him during his long battle with illness and disease. I will not be able to attend the funeral service or committal service (work/office constraints). God bless you and your family. It was a pleasure to know you and him.

  • Our brother was an inspiration to all of us he will be sadly missed. Our hearts go out to his family at
    this difficult time.

  • Remembering my Uncle with fond memories, he always portrayed himself to be happy and friendly man. Always there when needed. Especially with the passing of my own father. I remember as a youth touring one of the ships he was assigned to. I have never forgotten this time as well as others spent with him. He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure to know him.

  • Deepest sympathies of the loss of Captain Lambert. I wish that I could be there to share in celebrating his life and mourning his passing. The Captain and I shared several years together working for USACE and in COMBER. Some of the greatest learning experiences of my life. It is said that the sign of greatness is that the world is a better place for your having been here. I am certain that Captain Roy R. Lambert made this world a better place. Dogged, determined, innovative and always with a smile or a joke.
    Well done Captain. I am proud to have served a watch with you. Your watch has now ended, rest in peace. Until our next ship together.

  • My pop loved me very much I miss walking in the door to find him up to shannanigans either climbing something, taking something apart, or going through stuff… he had a wicked sense of humor and ate the oddest things I never seen anybody make a sandwhich quite like him always up at 4am doing his exercises or going up to the public pool diving off the diving board he was full of life and unstoppable he could do anything REST IN PEACE POP but I know you and I know your tearing things up; up there

  • I never got to thank my big brother Ray for the Vermont teddy bear. I absolutely love the card with the teddy bear floating on the cloud. I’m going to miss you. Love, your little sister, Macy.

  • My heart goes out to Uncle Roy’s wife, Velma and his family. I’ll always remember my mother (Fay Lambert) saying how proud she was of him becoming a captain of a ship. To us this was such an awesome accomplishment, everyone was so proud. Unfortunately, my mother is unable to communicate, but I know that she would say that she loved him and is so sorry for his wife and family.

  • With the Greatest Respect and Admiration for my Uncle “Billy”… A strong person who took exceptional care of his Family… I will never forget the Love & Support both he & Aunt Velma provided in traveling to Buffalo, New York in 1977 to visit our Dad…

    Uncle Bill was a Great Man who I learned much from and will always reflect on… All our Love… Michael

  • Pop everyone is going to miss you I know ur in haven lookin down on us I love u and ill miss you.

  • Captain Roy and family will be remembered in my Prayers.
    I’m sorry for your loss.

  • I will always remember and am grateful for time I spent with my Uncle Ray and Aunt Velma when I lived back east. You both accepted me into your family with open arms when I needed it most. I love you both. AnnaMarie