Gerald Henry Lamb, formerly of Darien, N.Y., passed away on Feb. 21, 2021, aged 98. Dad was born in Darien, N.Y. on Aug. 23, 1922. Dad graduated from Corfu High School in 1939, and worked the family dairy farm with his father, Henry, and younger brother, Evan, eventually purchasing it from Henry. Dad and Uncle Evan formed a farming partnership in the late 1950s; the two of them were lifelong friends, as were all five of the “Lamb Boys”. Dad married the love of his life, Grace Rhoda Wenke, on Sept. 8, 1945, and they had 75 fantastic years of marriage until Grace/Mom passed on January 15, 2021.
Dad never complained or criticized; as a child of the depression and young adult during WW2, he knew tough times and that — no matter how bad things seemed — they could always be worse. He was an excellent trombonist, and in his youth, Dad imagined he might one day be a professional musician. He played in local holiday parades as a member of the “Clown Band” for many years. He also had an excellent tenor singing voice.
Dad was — as he liked to say — “a jack of all trades; master of none” which was essential to his farming success. He was a carpenter, a plumber, an electrician, a mechanic, and anything else when the need arose. Dad never thought farming was “work” — every day on the farm was fun for him.
For more than 70 years, Dad and Mom devoted much time and energy to the Darien United Methodist Church, and the Darien Cemetery Association.
In addition to Mom earlier this year, Dad was predeceased by his first-born son, Charles H., in 1964. Dad is survived by his brother, Evan of Batavia, N.Y.; and three sons and their wives, Christopher and Carol of Corfu, N.Y., David and Martha of Rochester, N.Y., and Dana and Anna of Jasper, Ind.; six grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and Mom and Dad’s close friend, Cindy Morrison of Darien Center, N.Y., also survive.
Inspired by his brother, Ken, and following Mom’s path, Dad became a donor to the Anatomical Gift Program at the University of Buffalo – SUNY.
A memorial service will be held at a future time. If desired, contributions in Dad’s memory may be made to Darien United Methodist Church, in care of Cindy Morrison, 10939 Tinkham Road, Darien Center, NY 14040.