Longtime resident J. Allen Lamb was passionate about his community and helping others.
Police Capt. Edward S. Pocock III, one of his closest friends, said Lamb was “a man of his word who cared for other people.”
“A very giving soul,” Pocock added. “He made the world a better place.”
Lamb, 64, died Oct. 25 at his home after a brief illness.
He founded and co-owned several businesses, including System Aire Supply Company in Plantsville, Myjak & Lamb Property Management in Plantsville, Control Aire Supply Company and more.
He also gave time and money to the Joe & Kay Calvanese Foundation, which supports local charities. Lamb was a member of the local Elks Lodge and an advocate for the Southington Police Department.
Pocock met Lamb 22 years ago, just before Lamb co-founded the Southington Police Department Rifle Team. Pocock said Lamb was always looking for ways to help officers. He was also a mentor and friend, Pocock said.
“He did so many wonderful things for the police department,” Pocock said.
Forty-five years ago, Dave Myjak met Lamb and they became business partners. They created Westridge Development Corporation in Plantsville, a home building and development company, and Myjack & Lamb Property Management.
Myjak said via e-mail that Lamb was “someone you could always count on” and “very positive, encouraging, and unselfish.”
William Della Vecchia, a resident and business owner, met Lamb 25 years ago. It started as a banking relationship and progressed into friendship.
“He had a tendency to come into the bank on Friday night just before close,” Della Vecchia said. “When I would walk into the house around 7, my wife would say ‘oh J. Allen was in to visit you.’”
“It would be an hour of conversation,” he said. “He was a great friend.”
Lamb also helped students through business mentoring clubs, including Vocational Industry Clubs of America and Distributive Education Clubs of America.
Kathy Reinhard, treasurer and secretary of the Calvanese Foundation, knew Lamb for 30 years.
“He was just a great guy,” Reinhard said. “He was a quiet helper, a behind the scenes gentleman...he never wanted any accolades.”
All agreed that Lamb loved his hometown most of all.
“He was someone who you never would have guessed was a president or CEO,” said Pocock. “He was so humble and so down to earth. That was his personality. He was also the type of guy where he didn’t forget where he came from.”