Tributes to well known florist Alf

PUBLISHED: 11:34 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:03 26 October 2009

Albert with wife Birdy in a WHT photograph taken in 1989

Albert with wife Birdy in a WHT photograph taken in 1989

AN upbeat and well respected man who was the first trader at a shopping parade has died. Albert Lambert, known as Alf, died on Monday last week at St Christopher s Nursing Home in Hatfield at the age of 82. He leaves his children, Kenneth, Jill and Vic

The Lambert’s shop in Hollybush shopping parade

AN "upbeat" and well respected man who was the first trader at a shopping parade has died.

Albert Lambert, known as Alf, died on Monday last week at St Christopher's Nursing Home in Hatfield at the age of 82.

He leaves his children, Kenneth, Jill and Vicki, seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

The WGC man opened his greengrocer shop A H Lambert on the newly-opened Hatfield Hyde parade, in Hollybush Lane in 1959, after six years as a mobile greengrocer.

The florist shop eventually moved to Fretherne Road. Now known as Lambert's Flower Company it recently moved to Howardsgate.

With wife Birdy, who he was married to for nearly 50 years, the pair worked together in the shop until they retired in 1989.

She died a year later.

Resident at St Christopher's for nearly four years, Albert had previously lived at Raymonds Plain in WGC for 50 years.

He was a keen photographer and long-time member of the WGC Photographic Club.

Daughter Vicki Potter, of Howlands, said: "He was a very well known person in WGC and was very fond of going off on his own to Scotland to take photographs of the scenery.

"He was a bit of a gambler and liked to have a bet on the horses. Once he even put on a bet for all his staff at the florist!"

The former Times newspaper errand boy loved to take his grandchildren walking in Sherrardswood as well as his dog, Border collie Tessa, whom he would spend hours walking.

"He said himself he had had a good and exciting life.

"He was a very upbeat character and will be missed by many people," added Jill.

The funeral will take place tomorrow (Thursday) at 9.30am at Harwood Park Crematorium, Knebworth.

All family and friends are welcome.

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