Alan Hamilton Lambert was born on May 30, 1962 at Dumbarton Maternity Hospital, the fourth son to Hugh and Helen Lambert of Clydebank Scotland. At that time, the family were living in a ‘room and kitchen’ west of Glasgow, a tenement apartment with only one bedroom, and a lavatory, but no bath or shower facilities. Hamilton, Alan’s middle name, was in memory of a paternal grandparent.
At the age of five, the family emigrated to South Bend Indiana, in search of the ‘American Dream’, as times were difficult in Scotland, especially for skilled tradesmen, as father Hugh worked in the automobile industry, which was in a recession. Alan was always hard working growing up in South Bend, working part time at Martins Grocery Store in his teens, before going off to Indiana University for his Bachelors degree and graduating in 1984.
He started his career pursuing his interest in commodities and transportation working for Cargill then moved to Seattle with Weyerhauser and Nordstrom. In 1999 he moved to California to work for Sierra Pine and travelled widely throughout the Northwest USA and Canada dealing with the logging industry. He moved from there into the railroad industry working for Sierra Northern Railway and Norfolk Southern Corporation. Along the way, he purchased properties in Seattle and Long Beach.
Eventually, Alan moved to the Sacramento area in California, and found his long-lost cousin Fran and became part of that extended family, purchasing a residence in Rocklin, California. His friendship with Fran and family were an important part of his contentment in living in California.
While working multiple jobs, Alan maintained his suntan by pursuing outdoor activities such as mountain biking and running. Despite being blonde and blue eyed, he never missed an opportunity to find the sun, and always paid the price, turning pink at every exposure. Alan was always the star of the party, organising house parties, organising international travel adventures with friends and family alike. He stayed in touch with the ‘auld sod’ and family in Scotland, and droves of Scottish cousins and their families visited Rocklin over the years, guests of Alan. His generosity will always be remembered.
A final memorable family trip took place in December 2019, just before COVID lockdown, where his brothers David and Jack all met up in Israel (with Chaperone Noreen Jack, a family friend from the Caribbean) and they toured the Holy Land, visiting Bethlehem on Christmas Day, and later the Dead Sea.
Alan will be remembered for his strong will and hard work ethic, and his continuous efforts to stay young and to stay in touch with family and friends. Hugh and Helen Lambert, parents of Alan, and brother Hugh H. Lambert previously passed away in South Bend, Indiana. Surviving Lambert boys include David Lambert of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and Jack Lambert, currently living in Dublin, Ireland.
Alan leaves behind a circle of friends and family all over the world who will miss his energy and kindness. He did his part in achieving the American Dream his parents wanted for their children when they moved their family to America.
Family & Friends are invited to sign the online guest book and light a candle for Alan.
A Memorial Service was held August 25, 2021 at 1:00 PM Pacific Time.