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Wilfred Paxton Lam, born May 1, 1918 in Lexington, VA passed away at his home peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior on the morning of December 10, 2013. Margaret, his wife was at his side.
Wilfred was preceded in death by his parents, James W Lam and Mamie E Lam of Lexington, VA, brother James C Lam of Lexington, VA, and twin sister Frances Lam Chorey of Suffolk, VA. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Lam of Winter Park, son William S Lam of Canton, GA, daughter Beth Lam Griffin of Marietta, GA, and son John S Lam of Nashville, TN and their spouses. Additionally, Wilfred is survived by his five dear grandchildren and five dear great-grandchildren.
Wilfred joined the Army in 1942 at Camp Lee, VA, and was honorably discharged in 1946. He graduated from National Business College in Roanoke, VA in 1948 and began his 34 year career with American Oil Company in 1949. He worked in multiple capacities before managing real estate interests. The 1960's were spent in Atlanta, GA until 1969 when Wilfred moved his family to Winter Park, FL where he and Margaret have spent the last 44 years. Upon moving to Winter Park, the family joined Maitland Presbyterian Church where Wilfred was elected an Elder and actively served until his later years. As an Elder, Wilfred served several terms on the Session and was actively involved in The Christian Service Center and various other ministries in the church.
Wilfred lived out the Christian life as near as a human could. He was a loving and faithful husband to Margaret. He helped those in need. He lived such an exemplary Christian life that he enjoyed the respect and esteem of all the people of every creed who came in contact with him.
Although he will be greatly missed by all, the family finds comfort in knowing he had a long, happy and productive life, blessed with many years of good health. He and Margaret were able to travel often with family and friends. He mowed his yard until age 85 and enjoyed the equity markets, sports and especially watching the Braves.
What greater legacy could a man hope to leave behind him? Our lives were truly enriched from knowing him.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30am Saturday, December 21st at Maitland Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Maitland Presbyterian Church or The Christian Service Center, 808 W Central Blvd Orlando, FL 32805
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