John F. Lambdin, 70, phone company foreman

February 09, 2003

John F. "Bud" Lambdin, a retired telephone company foreman, died Thursday of lung cancer at North Arundel Hospital. He was 70 and had lived in Pasadena for 60 years.

Born in East Baltimore, Mr. Lambdin was a 1951 graduate of Glen Burnie High School and served in the Navy during the Korean War. He worked for C&P Telephone Co. as a repairman for more than 20 years, and helped to wire Friendship Airport, now Baltimore-Washington International Airport, and the Millersville fire and police headquarters buildings. He retired in 1978 after an injury.

Mr. Lambdin had belonged to the Stoney Creek Democratic Club since 1980, and was a member of the Community United Methodist Church in Pasadena, the BPO Elks in Ocean City, and American Legion Post 277 at Marley Creek. He worked with Cub Scout Troop 709 at Rivera Elementary School, and he enjoyed fishing, crabbing and boating.

His love of boats continued despite an incident at the age of 15 in August 1948, when he and another youth clung for more than four hours to his overturned 16-foot sailboat that had capsized in a squall in the Patapsco River. They cried out in the dark before they were heard and rescued by a city fire boat, said his nephew, Dean P. Charlton of Baltimore.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Stallings Funeral Home, 3111 Mountain Road in Pasadena.

He was married for 48 years to the former Peggy L. Pumphrey, who survives him. Other survivors include his mother, Alverta J. Lambdin of Baltimore; a son, Scott Lambdin of Glen Burnie; two daughters, Brenda L. Hitchcock of Hamilton, Ohio, and Karen L. Colhouer of Riviera Beach; a sister, Gloria L. Charlton of Baltimore, and three grandchildren.

The family suggested contributions to the Children with Diabetes Foundation, 5689 Chancery Place, Hamilton Ohio 45011.

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