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Their spirit continues to inspire us all.

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DAVID LAMBERT

David Lambert was involved in administrative, personnel, and financial management for over five decades.  A twenty-year veteran of the U. S. Air Force, Mr. Lambert supervised the world’s largest fuel depot.  Later, elevated to Headquarters Command, he supervised 13 bases and 900 personnel.  Mr. Lambert earned degrees in Personnel and Finance from Arizona State University.  He served as Administrative Officer with the Arizona Department of Tourism and as Controller for the Governor’s Office, maintaining fiscal control over 100 grants-in-aid projects.  He also served as the Senior Vice-President for the Foundation for Senior Living.  Mr. Lambert founded his own accounting company, where he prepared all financial reports and assorted tax documents for 22 profit and non-profit corporations.  Additionally, he prepared approximately 350 personal income tax returns for his clients.

Dave was extremely active in community and political affairs, serving as both Precinct Committeeman and Deputy Registrar.  He was a Life Member of Lions International, where he served as District Governor and Multiple District Council Chairman.  Dave received multiple Melvin Jones Fellowships, the highest recognition given by the Lions Clubs International Foundation, honoring his lifetime of humanitarian service.  He was an active member of the Phoenix Metro Lions Club.  He was also active in the Phoenix City Club, Arizona State Business Alumni Association, Nursing Home Administrators Association, and Lions Foundation of Arizona.

Dave was a founding Board Member of Positive Network Alliance, Inc. and was committed to bringing hope to impoverished children.  He had a lifelong passion about providing Christmas toys to the poor.  PNA’s “Captain Dave’s Treasure Hunt” activity was named to honor Dave.

NICK RODRIGUEZ

Nick Rodriguez was born in California, but spent his childhood and adult life in Arizona.  Nick’s first love of course was his family.  He also loved children and they, in turn, loved him.  His second love was the railroad.  He retired after 43 years and could name every whistle stop there ever was from Gallop, New Mexico to Needles, California and could tell you where every rail and every spike was placed or needed to be replaced.  It was like he was talking about his children; the love he showed.  A former railroad supervisor, Mr. Bootman said that “Nick was a railroader extraordinaire.”

Nick was an active member of the Phoenix Metro Lions Club.   If there was a project or program that needed help, he was ready to take part.  Although he received frequent recognition from the club for his participation, his proudest moment was when he was given and became a Melvin Jones Fellow.  He loved being a lion and told everyone he met about Lions.  Nick would introduce himself to people by saying, “We are Lions, you know.”

For fifteen years, Nick was one of the most active volunteers at the PNA Christmas events.  If there was a job that needed to be done, Nick was there, ready and able.  From cleaning and stocking to cooking and inspecting the rides, Nick was always eager and happy to help, making him one of our most valuable assets. But without a doubt, his greatest gift to all of us was his beautiful smile and infectious laugh.  Nick was one in a million and will be sincerely missed.

VERN GRESLEY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BOB WICKLUND

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PETER BROWN

Peter A. Brown, known to his close friends as “The Incredibly Handsome Peter Brown,” will forever be remembered as delightfully eccentric and full of fun and mischief. All of us knew him as having a mentality that was in the genius level – someone that could speak knowledgeably on almost any subject. My daughter, who loved him so very much, would laughingly say, “Oh no, Peter’s gonna start breaking it down for you,” whenever a question or topic came up that needed explaining.

There were things about Peter that were so awesome. He rarely, if ever, said a bad word about anyone. He never gossiped and would never betray a trust. He would quietly do things for those he loved with no expectation of reward or recognition. He never needed to be asked for assistance – he just gave it freely and lovingly.
I remember an incident that was typical but so very loving that I have played that little life movie in my head a million times: My mother was at a point where standing up was difficult and painful. It caused her embarrassment having attention drawn to her difficulty in social settings. One evening we were celebrating at a restaurant where we stayed for a few hours. When it came time to leave, knowing her feelings and without prompting, he stood and walked over to her chair. With his big voice he told her how great it was to spend an evening with her. All eyes were on him but attention to him quickly passed. It went unnoticed then when he reached down and gave her a big bear hug, lifting her out of her chair as if she were weightless. I’m not sure she even realized his motives – quiet love for a woman he respected – what a guy.
That brings me to the point for which he is best remembered, his voice – it was big and filled with humor and emotion. When he spoke, you listened. When he sang, you were amazed. It was beautiful. North Pole Idol, part of our annual Christmas Tree Project, was created in his memory. Imagine if he were able to sing with all those little ones each year. I can just hear him laugh that great laugh of his.
To me he was the embodiment of all the marvelous organizations that support PNA and I thank him for introducing me to his friends who are their members. The impression he made on friends and loved ones was vivid and will last forever.