Sunday 22 September 2019

Jim Lambe always had time for anybody

The late Jim Lambe.
The late Jim Lambe.

A great father, husband, friend and neighbour is how all will remember the late Jim Lambe, who sadly passed away on July 3 following a brave battle with ill health.

Born in Dun Laoghaire on March 24 1937, Jim moved to Curracloe at the tender age of six months and settled into life there like a true local. He was brought up by his uncles and aunts following the death of his mother at a young age.

Farming ran through Jim's blood and he took to agricultural life from the start. He spent his days working on his small family farm in Kilmacoe, Curracloe, where he remained until his later years. While at a funeral, Jim met his soulmate Maureen who lived only minutes away from his family home. The pair went on to marry in September 1967 and had two children, Toddy and Breda.

Jim worked tirelessly on his farm for many years but always managed to have time for his other interests and hobbies. As a young man, he played darts and was also often to be found playing the accordion at music sessions. He regularly played a tune for the local mummers and Irish dancing groups.

Jim always had an interest in dogs and in the seventies, he bought his first border collie. He was encouraged to take part in sheepdog trials by his friend the late Tim Flood and after one go, he caught the bug. He saw much success in sheepdog contests, which was a source of great pride for him and his family. He passed his interest and skill on to his son Toddy and the father and son went on many cross-country trips together for competitions.

Despite being busy, Jim always had time for everyone. He was a good neighbour and would do anything he could to help those around him. He was everyone's go-to person when it came to building and fixing things.

As a husband, father and grandfather, he was one of the best you could get. When anyone needed him, he would drop everything before letting them down.

Trophies and medals were nothing compared to Jim's two grandchildren Brian and Kevin, who were his most prized possessions. Jim loved spending quality time with the pair and was extremely proud of all they did.

Unfortunately, Jim's health began to suffer in his later years. However, he battled his illness with great courage and dignity until his final days.

Jim will be sadly missed by his loving wife, son, daughter, grandchildren, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, extended family and friends.

May he rest in peace.

Wexford People