William John Lambert

William John Lambert

Thursday, July 27th, 1933 - Thursday, August 20th, 2020
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LAMBERT: William John – At Lakeview Manor Beaverton on Thursday August 20, 2020 at the age of 87. Predeceased by his wife Ruby Isabel (Johnston). Lovingly remembered by his children Lori Whittaker, Charles Lambert, Lucy (late Sandy) Windebank, Julie Mercer, Jamie (Barb), Wyatt (Bonnie). John will be missed by several grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Due to COVID-19 restrictions a private family graveside service will be held. Anyone wishing to participate in a drive-by, to show support to the family, will be held at Stone Church Cemetery, Friday August 28th at 11:30 A.M. (the family will be at road side for drive-by please do not enter cemetery driveways). If so desired memorial donations in memory of John to St. Andrew’s United Church Beaverton or the Beaverton Lions Club would be greatly appreciated by the family. Online condolences are welcomed at
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    Stone Church Cemetery
    1490 Regional Rd 15
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Anyone wishing to participate in a drive-by, to show support to the family, will be held at Stone Church Cemetery, Friday August 28th at 11:30 A.M. (the family will be at road side for drive-by please do not enter cemetery driveways).


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dann finn

Posted at 06:01pm
Jamie, I was sad to hear of the passing of your Father. My thoughts are with you. dann


Posted at 11:12pm
To all my cousins and your families, Cliff and I and Samantha want to send to each of you, our deepest love and support, since Uncle John's passing. Time has a habit of numbing the pain. Just know that him and Aunt Ruby are together now and all the memories of both of them are in our hearts. Covid has made it so difficult to share the sorrow with you but we send comfort and hugs your way.

Lori Whittaker

Posted at 10:33am
Dad was really pleased to receive the Harold Lodwick Citizen Award in 2018. Service was important to him. He became a Sunday School teacher at age ten and continued with many volunteer roles and tasks in the Woodville and later the Beaverton United Churches until his eighties. At fourteen he was a founding executive member of the Woodville Junior Farmers and became president at 17. He became a Massey Ferguson dealer at age 25. He was a Lion for more than forty years contributing with ideas, executive responsibilities, ticket sales and lts of time and labour. He volunteered with the Fair Board and the Community Credit Union (now in Uxbridge) for more than thirty years. He was a Durham Community Care driver for twenty years. Through his business he supported the Santa Claus Parade, Demolition Derby, the Lions Outhouse Race, softball teams,the Arena and many other community events and initiatives. His company sponsored the popular three-day Farmers Curling Bonspiel for thirty years until it was taken over by Mangan Funeral Home. His spring farm equipment auction was a fun community gathering for many years. His first retirement project was to buy and restore the first Massey Harris tractor ever made and donate to the agricultural museum in Mono Mills. He added volunteer work for the Cannington Lawn Bowling Club and Camp Kirk to his ongoing support of the Lions, the church and his occasional tasks for the farm equipment business now operated by his son Jamie. He enjoyed advising new farmers and business people. He did many home maintenance and renovation projects with family as well. All this and he still found time to watch Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy with Mom, play cribbage with her after lunch and go to the local festivals and church dinners. We miss their good hearts, advice, hugs and enthusiasm.

Eudene Harrington

Posted at 12:53pm
Our condolences to Uncle John's family. We will really miss him, even though we didn't stay in touch with him or you.
Eudene, Rick, Luana, and Amy Harrington

Lori Whittaker

Posted at 10:45am
Service was a big part of my Dad’s life. He went to great lengths to help his customers and his community. My Mom often objected to his absence, but just as often was right there by his side helping out. Although my Dad was not home much when I was growing up, we knew he was working hard to provide for us. His take charge attitude gave me confidence that our family could manage through any difficulty life presented. He was a rock.
When Dad was home on the farm it usually meant he was guiding us to start work on one of his projects. We learned skills doing these projects and a lot of philosophical one-liners that he used himself as guiding lights. I feel his presence often when I use his one liners to guide me in my life. He would say “Attitude is everything. If you think you can or you think you can’t you are right,”, “You will spend more than half your waking life working, why not learn to enjoy it?”, “Worry is like a rocking chair, keeps you busy but gets you no where.”, and one that is very appropriate for these trying times “Don’t worry too much about what the news says, if it were not for the silent good happening every day, the world would have fallen apart long ago.”
Dad enjoyed people’s stories and would often bring sales people or customers home for a meal and conversation. He loved the connections that being in his own business and volunteering in the community afforded. Problem solving was his passion and that was wonderful in many ways, but you did not want to miss his vision and mess-up while he was in problem-solving mode. He had a temper.
Dad enjoyed helping people, especially those with dreams or a run of bad luck. He seldom talked about the things he would do for others. I have been recording stories of his adventures and good deeds. If you have a story you would be willing to share please email me at so we can keep these memories alive for his great grandchildren.

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