“Pappy” Gene Lambe

Gene LambeI've met some very interesting people over the course of my lifetime. However, one of the most interesting, and inspiring people I know is someone I have not met... his name is Gene Lambe, whom I have affectionately dubbed Pappy Gene.

His tag line here in Allpar is "The Grim Reaper Cheater". To me, and many others here, this speaks volumes of his strength, determination, and perseverance. He has never allowed anything to get in his way, not even cancer. He took that issue to the woodshed a few years back, and showed it who was boss. For this, and so many other reasons, he has been an inspiration to many here, myself included.

One of the things many will remember in my re-telling of the story is Pappy's Chevy van, which he completely repainted to showroom quality himself. he knew how he wanted that van to look, and once again, nothing got in his way. What started out as a white van, with some minor bodywork issues, turned into an absolutely gorgeous emerald green beauty with gold accents.

His contributions to Allpar run far and wide... more than likely too numerous to mention, however, I will try.

I remember Pappy being a part of Allpar back in 1999-2000, and, when I returned in 2004, he was one of the first names I recognized. He has offered everything from advice on cars, to life lessons, and, a little of everything in between. He has never turned anyone away when they have needed help, no matter what the issue may be. He has unselfishly given of himself, his knowledge, and most importantly, his heart. I am honored to say he is one of my dearest friends.

Gene with his vanI've had the opportunity to speak to Pappy on the phone several times. I could spend hours listening to his stories of things he has seen, and done in his lifetime. His zest for life is contagious, as is his laughter. He has shared stories of his love of the accordion, and of course, that one of a kind Newfie humor. I am still awaiting my bottle of Newfie Screech... lol. He has shared jokes, not only on the phone, but via e-mail, and if you are fortunate enough to be on Pappy's mailing list, then you know it's always a treat to receive something from him. Even if you're having the worst of days, just opening your inbox and seeing something from Pappy will immediately make things so much better.

He describes St. John's so beautifully, and in such detail... you actually get the feeling you're right there. He has sent me pictures of the icebergs, and the whales.. and believe me when I say, these are just as Pappy describes them.

When I needed help with one of the forums a couple years ago, I asked that I be allowed to hand-pick those I wanted to work with. Pappy was the first person I considered. As a moderator, he's firm, but fair. That's exactly the quality I was looking for. He doesn't tolerate nonsense, and yet, at the same time, he's always looking for ways to compromise in making decisions. He is truly an asset to Allpar.

Pappy has been a friend, a confidante, and to me, family. My life is enriched simply by knowing him... and I will forever be thankful that I have been blessed with such a wonderful friend. I love you Pappy.

Gene LambeTrailmaster: When I was first invited to be a moderator at Allpar, I checked through a lot of the posts of the moderating team to get a feel for who I was going to be working with and what they were like. Looking through I found several places where Gene offered good sound advice and a lot of times comfort to those who needed it.

There was a couple times when I saw him come under fire from someone who didn’t care for what he said and he handled it well, showing a never quit and never back down attitude that I can respect.

I got the impression that he was a tough old bird, but that there weren't too many nicer to be found, and the title grim reaper cheater says more than enough to me about his spirit and attitude. He comes across as someone who is honest and says what he believes, without trying to be offensive to those who might not believe the same as he does. I have developed a lot of respect for him, and he's high up on the list of Allparians I'd like to meet.

Tannon Weber: My experiences with Gene aren't nearly as many or as deep as some of other members here, but I've always had the notion that he's fair-minded and has been interested in much more than just himself. As one with more knowledge than another, he has been open and kind with his wisdom when helping others. When he was the on one in need of guidance, he's been forthright and appreciative of others, and as a moderator  tasked to keeping this place running smoothly he's been considerate but realistic, even firm when necessary.  Gene is more than willing to work with others toward achieving that same goal. I guess most importantly, he's been strong, even sarcastic, about his own plight while soldiering on and polite almost to a fault with us when he has all the reason in the world to pass a task to someone else. It's rare enough to see someone as selfless and fair, but it is all-the-more rare in this medium, and I'm glad to have his acquaintance.


Bob O’Neill: My experiences with Gene have been positive.  We all know how hard it is to learn to like someone who is only an ‘online’ acquaintance.  But, Gene breaks that mold.  I learned to like Gene within a few days of his first post.  Then as a Moderator he proved his abilities again. And, my respect for his wisdom and compassion was greatly improved. Gene is a vital part of the moderating staff here at Allpar and I for one look forward to working with him for a long time to come.

Bearhawk: Gene is definitely 'earthy', read that quite colorful: being I am that same way.............I can definitely relate.

Roger Lambe, Gene's brother, wrote:

Just wanted to let you know the sad news of Gene's passing on 22 Dec. 2012. He had a lot of medical problems and his quality of life had seriously diminished over the past 2 years.

He was a fond lover of the Allpar forum and got a great deal of pleasure out of interacting with the various members. He was especially proud of his role as an administrator.

I am at his apartment now, and his wife Eleanor tells me about a beautiful basket of flowers that were sent to him
from the Allpar folks in thanks and in appreciation of his efforts on the forum.

On behalf of myself and his wife, we would like to thank you so much for your kindness to Gene.

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