George Lamb, (husband of the late Ethel Lembersky and the late Beatrice Lamb), passed away Friday, June 28, 2019 at the age of 99.
He grew up in the Bronx, and in 1941 enlisted in the Army Air Corp. While stationed at Scott Field he met and married Ethel Wax. Unfortunately she was to become a victim of polio and passed away in 1946. He later met Bea, his bride of more than 70 years, who was the sister of his best friend.
George & Bea raised 3 children and spent decades entertaining St. Louisans through Community Theatre, Broadway Fantasies, and The Oasis Band. George was a renaissance man who enjoyed building furniture, the arts, history, the sciences, reading, puzzles, and sports. He participated on a bowling league until the age of 97 and performed in his last community theatre production at that same age. He was known to many in St. Louis as the oldest living actor in the region. In 2017, George & Bea received the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award from Arts for Life, at the annual Theatre Mask Awards Ceremony.
After being discharged from the Army Air Corp, George operated several laundry facilities. This professional experience led to the founding of Sterling Soap Company, which launched his career as a Chemist. He worked at Bonnie-Chemical Spec for several years, and finished his career at the age of 86, as a Quality Control Analyst for a small aerosol company.
George and Bea loved to travel, which led them to many countries and continents including Australia, China and Canada, as well as most of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii.
George’s greatest joy was spending time with his family. He loved watching his great grand-children’s performances, including dance, theater and band/orchestra. George leaves behind his three children Barbara (Mel) Goldman, Gene (Jenny) Lamb and Toby (Mike) Lischko. Five grandchildren, Ericka Zoll-Phelan (Jim Phelan), Marc Goldman (Lynne Friedlander), Becky (Eric) Hauser, Rachel (Ed) Faller and Nick Lischko, 9 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Special thanks goes to the many friends and staff at The Brentmoor, and The Evelyn’s House, who took such wonderful care of him after Bea’s passing. Funeral services will take place at Central Reform Congregation, 5020 Waterman 63108, Monday, July 1 at 11:30am. Visitation prior to service is at 11:00am. Interment will follow at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery.
Contributions may be made in his memory to Central Reform Congregation, KIPP St. Louis Public Schools, 1310 Papin St. #203, 63103, or the charity of your choice.