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Town recognizes the passing of former councillor Sam Lamb

Posted on Friday February 25, 2022

Town recognizes the passing of former councillor Sam Lamb

Tillsonburg, ON - Flags at Town of Tillsonburg facilities will be flying at half-mast beginning today in recognition of the passing of former Town of Tillsonburg councillor Sam Lamb.

Lamb was elected to municipal council in 1992 and stayed in the role for almost two decades. He was also recognized as Tillsonburg’s Citizen of the Year in 2013.

Born in 1927 in Springfield, just west of Tillsonburg, Lamb was the youngest of 10 children. He began his very successful career in baseball in 1947 as the starting pitcher for Pan Drieds senior men’s baseball team in Tillsonburg.

In the following years, he continued to be extremely active in community sports, as a player, coach and fan.

In 1973, he coached the Tillsonburg Jets to winning the Women’s A Provincial Fastball Championship, and was a member of the 1999 Canadian National Baseball Championship team.

In 2005, he managed the Tillsonburg Old Sox team to winning the Canadian National Baseball title for 35+ category in Tillsonburg.

In June 2011, the hardball field near the Tillsonburg Community Centre was renamed Sam Lamb Baseball Field in recognition of Lamb’s longstanding contributions to the community. In May 2021, Lamb was on site to celebrate the addition of 16 new trees to facility, including an ‘official Sam Lamb tulip tree’ planted between the baseball diamonds.

“Sam Lamb’s legacy in this community cannot be overstated,” says Mayor Stephen Molnar. “I had the privilege of serving two terms of Council with him, and there was never any doubt in my mind that he loved this community and wanted to see it prosper. It brought him such joy in later years to see his grandchildren and great grandchildren following in his footsteps, representing Tillsonburg, and giving back to the community he so proudly called home.”

Ostrander’s Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

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