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Family man and trade unionist remembered

PUBLISHED: 17:18 11 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:27 23 August 2010

MOURNED: Douglas Lamb receiving his BEM from the Lord-Lieutenant of Kent Robin Leigh-Pemberton in 1984.

MOURNED: Douglas Lamb receiving his BEM from the Lord-Lieutenant of Kent Robin Leigh-Pemberton in 1984.

A FORMER shop steward and British Empire Medal holder has died. The funeral of Douglas Lamb, of High Street, Northfleet, is due to take place tomorrow following his death on January 27 aged 86

A FORMER shop steward and British Empire Medal holder has died.

The funeral of Douglas Lamb, of High Street, Northfleet, is due to take place tomorrow following his death on January 27 aged 86

He died from bronchial pneumonia after a long battle with heart disease.

Paying tribute his daughter Sheila Lamb, 55, an administration officer, of Edgehill Gardens, Istead Rise, said: "He was very quiet and reserved but very kind and just.

"Both him and my mother wanted to keep their own council, they didn't go out very much and lived for their family."

Mr Lamb was born one of five children in York Road, Northfleet, and attended St Botolph's School, Dover Road, Northfleet, where he was a member of the church choir.

During the Second World War he joined the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) and served in El Alamein, Egypt, Palestine and Italy.

Having worked as a boilermaker at Bevans Works, Kent Works and Northfleet Works for Blue Circle Cement, he served as a shop steward in the Boilermakers' Union for 20 years and was a member of committees including welfare, safety and the workman's pension fund, for which he was given the British Empire Medal.

He married Peggy Myers at the Roman Catholic Church, The Hill, Northfleet, on February 4 1950 in a double ceremony also involving the marriage of his brother Len and Peggy's sister Joan. Mrs Lamb worked as a ward sister at St James' Geriatric Hospital, Trafalgar Road, Gravesend, and died following a heart attack in October 2006.

Mr Lamb is survived by his three children, Kevin, Sheila and Eileen and four grandchildren.

His funeral is to take place tomorrow (February 13) at 2.20pm at Medway Crematorium, Robin Hood Lane, Chatham.

All are welcome.

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