Mourners told of Paul Lambert’s ‘passion and zest for life’

February 24, 2014

Mourners at the funeral of the Newry man killed after being hit by a car in America heard how he had ‘a passion and zest for life’ and was ‘in his element’ living in San Francisco.

Paul Lambert died when he was hit by the speeding vehicle while returning from a night out with friends on Wednesday 12th February.

His remains were returned to his family home in Courtney Hill, Newry on Monday last, ahead of his funeral on Thursday.

Hundreds gathered to pay their respects at the family home before Requiem Mass in the Church of St. Mary of the Assumption at Dromalane.

Paying tribute to her close friend, Sarah Henry read moving messages from people who knew and loved Paul.

She described Mr Lambert’s “passion and zest for life which was felt through his love of languages” particularly Spanish.

“Combining his love of languages with a career committed to helping people around the world he was in his element in San Francisco. He set out to achieve his goals and did, while doing it he wined and dined with all sorts of people and made many great friends along the way,” she said.  “Paul was a jet-setter, a globe-trotter and a go-getter, but he was also a home bird.”

Following the moving service, Paul Lambert was laid to rest in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Paul was a cousin of Newry man Kevin Bell, who also died in tragic circumstances in the States last year.  Following Kevin’s death in New York in June, his family set up a repatriation fund to help families bring home those loved ones killed in foreign lands.  In a cruel twist of fate, the fund was used to help bring Mr Lambert home.