It is with great sadness we announce the peaceful death of Keith Lamb. He fought a long courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, diagnosed in July 2006, finally losing the fight at Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home in Kamloops, B.C. Keith is survived by his wife Leona “Lee” Robinson, sister Marelyn (Donald) Beard, sons Patrick and Steven (Deborah) Lamb, daughters Heather (Mark) Greer and Patricia (Jim) Lukiv, grandchildren, great grandsons and extended family members. His infant son Kevin and his parents, Richard and Grace Lamb, predeceased him.
After graduation from Rutland High School in 1952, he became an industrial X-Ray technician – inspecting pipeline welds. In 1962 he became a journeyman carpenter, where he eventually held many managerial and supervisory positions with the UBCJA from 1972-1982. From 1982-1986 he was Director of Building Services at Cedarview Lodge in North Vancouver. He then returned to home and commercial construction on the lower mainland, worked as Clerk of the Works on two intermediate care homes in Port Alberni and as subcontractor for projects in Parksville and Courtenay before moving to the North Shuswap in 1995. With their company, Ce-Pac Construction Management Ltd. (1989), Keith was contractor for many new and renovated homes and businesses in the Kamloops and Shuswap area from 1997-2003, as well as being a T.S. Metals distributor from 1999. Keith was a hard working man and asked for the same work ethic from his employees. Keith and Lee moved to Sicamous after buying a landing craft and operated a company call Shuswap Lake Express Freight from 2003-2006. Keith loved the outdoors, and the many related sports activities – hiking, skiing, fishing and boating. However, for many years, he was a workaholic and did not allow himself to enjoy recreation time. In the last few years of his life he travelled, hiked and fished when his illness, treatment and weather allowed. Keith was loved and will be greatly missed by family and friends; he left a lasting impression on many people from all walks of life.
The Lamb/Robinson families would like to thank all our friends who gave us support and all those people who medically cared for Keith during the past 3 ½ years; Dr. Rory Trow who was working in Emergency at SLGH, Salmon Arm and ordered a CT scan, Dr. Jack Beech who treated him locally in Sicamous, Dr. Chris Main and Cheryl Bawtree in SLGH Chemo unit, Dr. Kong Khoo, Kelowna who became his oncologist after Keith and Lee’s move to Kamloops in 2007, Dr. Bill Stinson who gave Keith and Lee moral support and medical care during Keith’s fight, the tremendous staff of RIH Cancer Clinic, the staff of 7 North and 6 South when Keith was hospitalized in December 2009 and last, but not the least, all the staff at Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home.
There will be no formal service. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, May 01, 2010 from 1:00-5:00 pm in the Dogwood Room at the North Shore Community Centre, 730 Cottonwood Avenue, Kamloops, B.C. The families would love to have you attend if you are able but realize that travel distance and other commitments may not make it possible. If you can’t be with us that day, please think of Keith in your own personal ways.