OAKVILLE — Thomas A. Lambert, age 76, of Oakville, passed away peacefully September 26, 2020, at Waterbury Hospital, encircled in the love and support of his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Loretta (Stopper) Lambert.
Tom was born December 3, 1943, in Waterbury, a son of the late Raymond and Rollande (Fournier) Lambert. He grew up in Middlebury and was a graduate of Wilby High School. After graduating, Tom proudly served his country in United States Air Force, working on jets during the Vietnam War.
After serving our country, Tom returned to Connecticut, where he met and married his wife and settled into the community of Watertown and Oakville. He continued his education at Post University, where he earned an associate’s degree by taking night classes, while working and raising his family. His career was spent in manufacturing as a tool-and-dye maker. Prior to his retirement, Thomas served as a vice president of Alves Precision Engineered Products in Watertown for more than 39 years.
Tom was an active volunteer in the Watertown community, serving on many boards and committees, including six years on the Watertown Water and Sewer Authority and one year on the Public Buildings Committee.
He also served 14 years on the Watertown Board of Education, including four years as vice chairman, and was the former chairman of the Budget and Finance as well as Facilities subcommittees. He was a member of the Cablevision Advisory Board.
He also was an active member of the Watertown Republican Town Committee, and an election season would not go by without Tom waving signs around town.
Tom was a proud, patriotic, old-fashioned gentleman who rarely left the house without a hat, a navy sport coat and his flag pin or tie. In his free time, he enjoyed reading and his weekly golf outings with his close friend and cousin, Billy Stopper of Naugatuck.
Throughout his life, Tom made an impact on many he met, whether through work or community service. He often offered honest, thoughtful advice, whether it was focusing on improving schools and the town, mentoring younger employees in his manufacturing work or even teaching life lessons to his family.
A devoted father and grandfather, he spent countless hours working on projects for his family, whether it was building additions to his house, a desk for his granddaughter or even teaching his grandchildren how to fish and ride their bikes.
Besides his wife of 52 years, he leaves his son, Thomas A. Lambert, Jr., and his wife, Monica, of Bethel; his daughter, Kellie Lambert of Watertown; his brother, Raymond Lambert of Bridgeport; his grandchildren, Cailin, Kyle and Carly McGuire, and Riley and Abigail Lambert; as well as countless friends and family. He was predeceased by a sister, Barbara Newell.
Funeral services will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 1, at St. John the Evangelist Church, 574 Main St., Watertown. Those planning to attend are asked to meet directly at the church. Burial with military honors will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Watertown.
Calling hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 30, at Chase Parkway Memorial/Albini Family Funeral Home, 430 Chase Parkway, Waterbury.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Thomas A. Lambert Career Partnership Fund (TLCPF), which will enable Watertown High School students to explore a variety of career paths through apprenticeships and internships in manufacturing and the skilled trades. Donations can be made out to Watertown High School with TLCPF in the memo line and mailed to Watertown High School, 324 French St., Watertown 06795.
For more info or to send e-condolences visit: www.chaseparkwaymemorial.com.