'Charming' Welwyn Garden City man dies three days after 100th birthday

PUBLISHED: 12:24 15 February 2017 | UPDATED: 12:24 15 February 2017

Charles Lambert's 100th birthday celebrations

Charles Lambert's 100th birthday celebrations

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A "charming" Welwyn Garden City man has died three days after his 100th birthday.

Charles with his wife Margaret on their wedding day, 1951.Charles with his wife Margaret on their wedding day, 1951.

Charles Lambert enjoyed the milestone on Saturday with around 50 friends and family before he died peacefully yesterday morning.

His daughter Diane Hazell, 58, said: “I think looking back he knew he was going to go.

“He was coming out with all this stuff, it was like he had to unload, and was telling us how much he loved us.”

She added that throughout the week Mr Lambert was worried he would not make the big day, but he was determined to hang on.

“We are sad, but we are also very happy that he got to the hundred,” the mother-of-four added.

“I feel I can let my dad go now he’s made it. I could tell how content he was on Monday afternoon.”

During the birthday meal at Hyde Valley House care home, visitors enjoyed a buffet and live entertainment, while Mr Lambert soaked up the atmosphere and opened a telegram from the Queen.

“He was singing along, had a beer and was eating and was really happy,” Diane added.

“By the end of the party we took him back to the room and he was so content.”

The father-of-five, who worked at Welwyn Bakery and Avdel UK, lived in Boundary Lane for 60 years before moving into the care home last November.

Hyde Valley’s care team manager, Stacey Radley, said: “He was lovely and had a great personality, was always making us laugh, and was a charmer that could never say a bad word about anyone.”

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