Claude H. Lamb Sr., 75, city police officer and deacon

April 25, 2006

Claude H. Lamb Sr., a retired Baltimore police officer, died of cancer April 17 at his Irvington home. He was 75.

Born and raised in Burgaw, N.C., he moved to Baltimore in early 1950s. He attended what is now Morgan State University.

He joined the city police force in 1967 and had assignments in communications and in the Southwestern, Western and Central districts before retiring in 1994, family members said.

He was a past first vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police and a charter member of the Vanguard Justice Society, an association of black city police officers.

He was a master Mason and member of the Hiram Grand Lodge.

Mr. Lamb enjoyed hunting wild game and fishing on the Eastern Shore.

Services were held Friday at the Zion Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and vice president of a worship team.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, the former Bertha Richardson; two sons, Claude H. Lamb Jr. and John Lamb, both of Baltimore; two daughters, Wanda Toolabi of Birmingham, Ala., and Terry Lamb of Baltimore; two brothers, Holly Lamb and John Lamb, both of Baltimore; and 11 grandchildren.

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