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Vincent Frederick Lambie


Lieutenant-Commander, RCN / C.A.F. (Navy)


Born: 08 Nov 1927          Died: 22 Jan 2009


LAMBIE, Vincent Frederick - Died on January 22, 2009, at the age of 81. He was born on November 8, 1927, to Maj. Richard and Laura (Halstead) Lambie. He attended Chebucto Road School and Queen Elizabeth High School. In 1945, he won a scholarship to Royal Roads Naval College, where he graduated in 1947. For 28 years he sailed on ships including HMCS Ontario, Crescent, Warrior, Magnificent, Prestonian and Cayuga. He earned the Korean War Medal (1953) and the International Commission for Supervision and Control Medal for service in Indo China (1959-60), where he learned to speak Vietnamese, which he continued to use throughout his life. He married his sweetheart, Elizabeth MacKinnon, on July 6, 1963. After retiring from the navy as a lieutenant commander, he attended law school at Dalhousie University, graduating in 1975. Vince enjoyed practicing law for 21 years. He also served as chairman of the Nova Scotia Horse Racing Commission, where (as the son of a cavalry officer) he fought the use of whips and performance-enhancing drugs. After retirement, he served as honourary legal counsel to the Shearwater Aviation Museum and the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust, which operates HMCS Sackville. Vince’s lifelong passion was sailing. He bought his first boat at age 12 with money he earned selling newspapers on the streets of wartime Halifax. He logged thousands of nautical miles around the globe over seven decades, visiting exotic spots including Hong Kong, Sydney, Australia, Isle of White, Marblehead, New York City, Miami, Bimini, Bequia, Martinique, the Exumas, and the Turks and Caicos. He loved to sail the South Shore and the Bras D’Or Lakes. Later on in life, his favourite spot to tie up the boat was Liscombe. Vince was a proud member of the Cruising Club of America, Bras D’Or Station. He was a long-time member of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, Ski Wentworth, and the Waegwoltic Club, where he loved to swim outdoors from June until October. Vincent was predeceased by his brothers, Richard and Robert. He will be terribly missed by Elizabeth, his first mate of 47 years; and his crew, Laura (Chris Sutton), Christopher (Judy Obersi); and his beloved grandchildren, Jacob, Rebecca, Madina, Marcus, and Nadia. A celebration of Vince’s life will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 29, in Bethany United Church, Halifax. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust, Shearwater Aviation Museum, or any charity of your choice. The family wants to say a special thanks to all the wonderful caregivers who tried to make his life more comfortable.


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