In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


James Barrett Lamb, M.I.D.


Lieutenant-Commander, RCN(R)


Born: 30 Nov 1919, Toronto, Ontario


Died: 20 Feb 2000


LAMB, James Barrett - The well-known Canadian newspaperman and author passed away on Feb. 20, 2000 in Delta, BC aged 80. Born Nov. 30, 1919 and educated in Toronto, Jim Lamb graduated as a naval officer from Royal Military College, Kingston and joined the RCNVR in 1939. During the war he served aboard HMCS TRAIL and commanded the minesweeper HMCS MINAS and corvette HMCS CAMROSE and was mentioned in dispatches for D-Day service at Omaha Beach. After the war, Jim worked on newspapers in Woodstock and Moose Jaw and for 20 years was editor and publisher of the Orillia Daily Packet & Times. He wrote for many newspapers and magazines, and his 1964 editorial "The Canada I Love: An Unfashionable Testament" is the most famous and reproduced Canadian newspaper editorial of the 20th century. He retired to Big Harbour, Cape Breton in 1971 where he sailed and traveled and wrote 15 books, including the Canadian bestsellers "The Corvette Navy" and "On the Triangle Run", both to be reprinted with new material this year. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ruby (nee Evans); sons Rev. Roderick Lamb of Petawawa, Ont. and Jamie Lamb of Tsawwassen, B.C.; grandchildren Theodora and Maxwell of Tsawwassen, B.C.; sisters Margaret Terrill of London, Ont. and Dorothy Lamb of Richmond Hill, Ont.; brothers Peter Lamb of Wellington, Ont. and Thomas Lamb of Markham, Ont. He is remembered as a loving husband; a wonderful father and grandfather; a respected writer; a warm friend; a good man; a great Canadian. West Coast memorial service will be held at St. Andrews Chapel, Naden, CFB Esquimalt on Vancouver Island at 1 p.m., Thursday Feb. 24. (The Delta Optimist 23 Feb 2000)


Ships served in:


HMCS TRAIL - Appointed to Trail on 30 Apr 1941 as SLt, RCNVR



Lt James Lamb



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