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“Thank you dear instructor. Your stories fed my soul. Your advice softened my attitudes. Your lessons saved my life. I passed as much as I could onto...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Paul Ruggiero

“I regret that I just learned of Arthur passing, a year afterwards. My condolences to all friends and family. Arthur taught a class outside of the...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Bob Roper - Somers, NY - student

“Dear Joyce, So sorry to hear of your loss. We always enjoyed talking with Arthur at the family reunions. He certainly had a colorful career. Much...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Phil and Dottie Cousineau - ME

“Please accept the condolences of the Lima Family for the Passing of Arthur. I remember him from my childhood but I have not seen him since we last...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Thomas A Lima, Jr. - Saugus, MA

“I am so sorry to hear of the passing of such an honorable and wonderful man. His obituary is a great tribute. My heart goes out to the family. ”
5 of 22 | Posted by: Heidi Schwarz - Westboro, MA

“Joyce, You have our deepest sympathy and sorrow on Arthurs passing. We have fawn memories of our family reunions. He will be missed. Our thoughts &...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Jerry Rondeau - Dracut, MA

“Joyce We were so sorry to hear about Arthur. We enjoyed all our conversations with both of you at the family reunions. Our thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Ed & Karen Ritchotte - AZ

“Kathi- my heart felt condolences to the entire family. ”
8 of 22 | Posted by: Lisa Flashenburg - Stoughton, MA

“Joyce, I am so sorry about Arthur's passing. I always loved to visit with him - he was so interesting and easy to talk to. I had no idea that he...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: Leslie Scroggins - Clovis, NM

“Dear Joyce, I was sad to hear about Arthur. I only met him a few times at Eileen's but I found him to be such an interesting man. He was very easy...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Gail Green - Lowell, MA

“Lamb Family, Im very sorry to hear of the passing of BPD Officer Lamb. Arthur taught me and a class of Correctional Officer's how to use the...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Matt Davis - Middlesex Sheriff's Office - NH

“Arthur's passing marks the end of an era. He was the last of his generation to attend the Clam Bakes, and no matter what his health, he always...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: Drew Megarry - Toronto

“Arthur was one of my instructors at the Boston Police Regional Academy. He was by far the best. His instructions helped guide me through 34 years as...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Arthur Ellis - North Attleboro, MA

“So sorry to hear about Arthur. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
14 of 22 | Posted by: John & Charlene Gendreau - ME

“as a rookie in 1970 we learned the lamb method tactics ,i will remember his concern for our safety and his dignity in our development,rest in peace...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: J.J.Brown - whitman, MA

“Joyce, We are so sorry to hear of Arthurs passing. We have lots of memories of funny stories he was always telling at our family reunions. He will...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Denise Rondeau - Lowell, MA

“We are so sorry for your loss. ”
17 of 22 | Posted by: lois and bill bradbury - dracut, MA

“Joyce I am so sorry for your loss. ”
18 of 22 | Posted by: Joyce Fallon - AMHERST, MA

“The light, love and laughter you brought to our lives will always be with us. I will miss you, my dear brother-in-law; rest easy till we meet again ”
19 of 22 | Posted by: Kathi Mulhall - Hyde Park, MA

“I served with Arthur on the BPD for many years and my sincere condolences to his family and especially Joyce his lovely wife. We shared some great...Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: Bill Morrissey - Weymouth, MA

“Arthur was the closest to my age and I remember him loving rock and roll. We danced!~ I visited him and got to talk to him and Joyce. I am so...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: Christine Lamb Toubeau - Pelham, MA

“I had the pleasure of training under Arthur many years ago, great guy, knowledgeable, and entertaining. In the short time I knew him I admired his...Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: Brian - Foxboro, MA


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Arthur W. Lamb, 79, beloved husband of Joyce (Moran) Lamb, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 17th, 2012, at Kaplan Family Hospice House, in Danvers, surrounded by his loving family. Born, raised, and educated in Boston, MA, Arthur was the son of the late Mary (McLean) Lamb of Dorchester, MA, and the late Royal Douglas Lamb of Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. Arthur and his wife Joyce were married for over 34 years and made their home in Wakefield, MA, where he was a communicant of St. Florence Church. Arthur was an avid fisherman and yachtsman. He greatly enjoyed traveling with his wife to such venues as the Caribbean Islands, Bermuda, Alaska, and Ireland. Arthur was honorably discharged after proudly serving for four years in the US Navy during the Korean War; this included a yearlong World Tour on the USS Tawara. Years later he would become an officer in the Massachusetts State Guard where he earned the rank of Colonel and was also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Ancient and Honorable Artillery, Boston. Arthur served as Police Officer as well as Training Consultant in law enforcement curriculum with the Boston Police Department for 32 years. Over the years, using both traditional and his own methods, he certified law enforcement officers, both local and national, as instructors; was Assistant Director at the Recruit Training Academy at the Wakefield and Topsfield Academies; and was Principal Instructor standardizing the Basic Recruit Academy Self-Defense Training Program for the Mass. Criminal Justice Training Council. He was also an expert witness in civil liability at both the State and Federal levels. Arthur's numerous and ever-grateful students will fondly remember his disciplined but fun-loving approach to learning. The face of law enforcement has been indelibly marked by his expertise. During his career, his accomplishments were innovative and numerous. He invented the "Quick Release Police Baton Holster and Stick" manufactured by Smith & Wesson Co., Springfield, MA. He established the policy of the Boston Police Rules & Procedures #304 - Non-Lethal Force. He made the movie "The Lamb Method" of Police Baton Training (Harper & Row Media, copyright 1974). He was responsible for the passing of the New Amendments to Statute Law: Deadly Weapons, Chapter #269 of the Massachusetts General Laws, Section #10 (Kung Fu Sticks, Shuriken, Manrikigusari). He also published The Lamb Method of Baton Training, copyright 1970, and The Lamb Method of Report Writing (Workbook and The Instructor's Manual), copyright 1987, which have been adopted by police departments and training councils nationally and internationally. After his retirement, Mr. Lamb served as Security Officer at Barnes Federal Building in Boston, the JFK Library in Dorchester, and the NARA Archives in Waltham. He also continued to serve as Boston Red Sox Security Consultant on civil liability. His professional associations include (ASIS) American Society for Industrial Security, (ASLET) American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers, Mass. Chiefs' Police Assn. (assoc. member), Mass. Police Training Officers' Assn., Boston Police Patrolman's Assn., Inc., and Retired Boston Police Officers' Assn. His social affiliations include Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge #642, Saugus; Pleasant Park Yacht Club, Winthrop, (past Commodore 2001-2002); Commodore's Club of America; and Crystal Community Club, Wakefield. Along with his beloved wife Joyce, he is also survived by his cherished daughters Judith Lamb and husband Paul Choudhury of Franklin, Maureen and husband William Gullifa of Raymond, NH, and Deborah Lamb and husband Robert Chuisa of Reading, treasured grandchildren Patrick, Clare, and Katie Choudhury, Levi Gullifa, Aaron Lamb, Andrew, Joseph, Michael and Jane Chuisa, as well his former wife Barbara (Leonard) Lamb. He also leaves a brother Donald Lamb and his wife Mary of Roslindale, a sister Doris (Lamb) and husband Francis McHowell of Hyde Park, a sister-in-law Lois Lamb of Medfield; also a brother-in-law Charles and wife Dianne Moran, and sisters-in-law Kathleen (Moran) Mulhall, and Eileen (Moran) and husband J. Michael Earle, many special nieces and nephews, a lifelong friend Thomas DeCourcy, and the Over-the-Hill Gang at Pleasant Park Yacht Club, Winthrop. We will forever recall laughter-filled gatherings of family and friends at his home and Boston Harbor on his boat being entertained with his endless supply of life stories and jokes. Arthur will be remembered for his generosity of spirit, loving nature, and keen wit. He was predeceased by his sister Mary (Lamb) Owings, brothers Royal, John, Edward, and Robert Lamb and brother-in-law Charles P. Mulhall. His funeral will be held from the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Thursday at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Florence, Church 47 Butler Ave., Wakefield at 10 o'clock. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be at Forest Glade Cemetery in Wakefield. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114 or the Joslin Juvenile Diabetes Clinic, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02115 will be appreciated.

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