Friends remember former postmaster Scott Lambert of Jaffrey
Published: 12-06-2023 11:29 AM
Modified: 12-08-2023 10:33 AM
Former postmaster Scott Lambert of Jaffrey is being remembered in multiple communities across the Monadnock region for his quick wit, kind heart and willingness to help others.
Lambert, who died from cancer Nov. 20 at the age of 62, leaves his wife Anne, three children, Nicole and her husband Michael Sweeney of Thomaston, Conn.; Kathryn and her husband Michael Dame of Greer, S.C.; and Wilfred Lambert of Jaffrey; and five grandchildren.
“Everyone loved him,” said Kirsten O’Connell, a lifelong resident of Dublin. “He had the quickest wit. Absolutely the quickest. He was hilarious; he joked around with everyone in town.”
A 1979 Conant High School graduate, Lambert served in the Army as a motor transport operator, receiving numerous commendation medals before being honorably discharged in 1985 with the rank of E-5. Lambert was a lifetime member and past commander of John Humiston American Legion Post No. 11 in Jaffrey.
Lambert worked for the U.S. Postal Service for many years, with the bulk of his time spent in the Dublin post office. Lambert later served as postmaster in Greenfield and Harrisville. June Brening, a longtime employee of the post office in Dublin, said Lambert had been hoping to return to work in the spring after undergoing several medical procedures before eventually retiring from Harrisville in the spring of 2024.
“Scott had been doing double duty his last few years, returning to Dublin to help out when a Dublin postal worker became gravely ill,” Brening said. “Scott was just a wonderful, wonderful guy to know. He was very helpful if you ever had a problem. He would bend over backwards to help you out. Everybody loved him.”
Lambert, who was a master gardener, had been planning to open his own landscaping business after his retirement. According to his family, he was known around town for having the “best garden in Jaffrey,” and enjoyed sharing his gardens with the community. O’Connell said her stepfather Phil Cayford had a close relationship with Lambert as a stamp collector.
“My dad is quiet and Scott was the most outgoing, gregarious person, but they had this bond,” O’Connell said. “Scott just had the biggest heart.”
After Lambert left Dublin to take Greenfield’s postmaster position, many Dublin residents would make a special trip to Greenfield, and later to Harrisville, to visit Lambert.
“When Scott moved to Greenfield to become postmaster, I kept telling my friends there how lucky they were,” said Wendy White of Dublin. “Then when he moved to Harrisville, I would always take my packages up there just so I could say hello, and I know a lot of other people did too. We missed him so much here in Dublin.”
Jane Keough of Dublin recalled Lambert’s photographic memory.
“Scott prided himself on never having to ask anyone’s name or P.O. box. He knew every resident and had it memorized. As soon as you walked in, he would hand you your mail; he was incredible that way. And in Dublin, the post office is the social center of whole town. It’s always busy, but he knew every name and face. He was a really good guy, and gone way too soon. We will really miss him.”
The Lambert family requests that in lieu of flowers, people are welcome to make memorial contributions in Scott Lambert’s name to the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation. 295 Sheep Davis Road, Concord, N.H. 03301.