Kelly Lambert, a life-long resident of New Orleans, died on Sunday, April 29, 2018, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was 81.
Born to Howard and Ruth Lambert on April 25, 1937, Kelly was the youngest of four children. He married Dianne Rodriguez in 1957, and together they raised five children.
Kelly worked for 39 years at the Chevron chemical plant in Belle Chasse. During that time, he earned the respect and admiration of hundreds of co-workers, plant managers and friends as an exemplary employee, labor union leader, training administrator and human resources professional.
Kelly was strong in his convictions, kind-hearted, generous, self-assured yet unpretentious. He had the mind of an engineer, the spirit of a prize-fighter, and the heart and soul of a balladeer. He loved to tinker with engines, listen to Marty Robbins songs, play cards, solve puzzles, eat boiled crabs and Chinese food, work on his boat and read thriller novels. He was passionate about his family and enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a well-loved man who will never be forgotten by those whose lives he richly touched.
Kelly was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Inell and Sybil; and his second wife, Trudy Becnel Lambert. He is survived by his brother, Roland; children: Mark and Connie Lambert of Baton Rouge, Eric and Heather Lambert of Sevierville, Tenn., Rebecca and Eric Buras of Metairie, Daniel and Lisa Lambert of Natalbany, and Adam and Cristine Lambert of New Orleans; his grandchildren: Christina Buras and her fiancé Ben Bougere, Lauren and Zachary Tompkins, Kimberly and Matthew Daroca, Kelly John Lambert, Zachary Lambert, Leah Lambert, Margaret Lambert, Luke Lambert, Dillon Lambert, Sydney Atchley and Harper Atchley; great-grandchildren Mia Christina Buras Daroca and George Oliver Tompkins; his former wife, Dianne, and his long-time companion, Linda Neale.
Per Kelly’s wishes, there will be no funeral. A memorial service will be announced in the coming weeks so family and friends will have an opportunity to share fond memories of Kelly.