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George T. Lambert
December 5, 1921-May 19, 2024
George T. Lambert obit

George T. Lambert, a cherished resident of Manteca for 32 years, passed away on May 19, 2024, at the age of 102. Born in Virginia on December 5, 1921, he was a devoted husband to Juanita for 50 years. 

   George is survived by his children, Phillip Parr, Debbie Campbell, Jeana Paige, and Kathy Munoz. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Christopher, Adam, Christie, Sierra, Samantha, Jeremy, Michael, Kiley, Jessany, and Tabitha, along with his great-grandchildren, Daniel, William, Liam, Gavin, Alba, Hannah, Sam, Lorelai, Gabriel, Braylon, Carson, Kaylee, Kristian, and Sebasatian, as well as many extended family.

   Growing up in Virginia, George learned the art of horsemanship from his grandfather. At 14, he attempted a career as a jockey but was deemed "too big." Instead, he dedicated his life to horse training, working under the esteemed Charles Whittingham, one of the most accomplished trainers of the 20th century and a member of the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame. George earned a reputation as a highly respected figure in the thoroughbred racing community throughout California. As a trainer, he experienced many highs, notably, at the Sonoma County Fair on July 14, 1978, where his three horses achieved victories, showcasing his skill and dedication to the craft. 

   His 102 years were filled with countless adventures and experiences, marking him as an extraordinary individual. Known for his storytelling, George delighted in sharing tales, including one about a pet goose at the racetrack that followed him around like a loyal companion, showcasing his unique bond with animals. He was present as a spectator during the historic "Match of the Century," where Seabiscuit defeated War Admiral, an event later chronicled by Laura Hillenbrand in her book-turned-film, ‘Seabiscuit.’ Remarkably, George also had a chance encounter with the famed union leader Jimmy Hoffa just a week before Hoffa's mysterious disappearance in 1975. 

   George Lambert will be remembered for his remarkable life, big heart, and the lasting impact he had on those around him. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

   There will be a memorial service held for George at 10:30 am on Thursday, May 30th 2024. The location will be the P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home located at 290 North Union Road, in Manteca, CA. The service will be followed by a reception for family and friends. George's final resting place will be at the Warrenton Cemetery in Warrenton, Virginia where he will be laid to rest with his mother and other close family.  

Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin

Wednesday, May 29, 2024