Community joins together to remember SWLF golf legend
On Saturday, a ceremony was held to remember a Southwest Florida golf legend. Rich Lamb passed away in September at the age of 67.
Lamb was the director of golf for the city of Fort Myers from 1977 onward. And Lamb had many titles from visionary, mentor, and friend, but the most important was a father. Chloe Lamb is Rich’s daughter. “People like to say I only had 20 years with him, and while that is true, I don’t think 100 years would have been enough,” she said.
Lamb is described as sincere, honest, and kind to everyone he met. And, for more than 40 years, he mentored thousands of young golfers. Those whose lives he impacted came to remember him.
Chloe remembers the little moments she shares with her father. “Singing Stairway to Heaven in the car when he picked me up from school, by Led Zepplin. I would always say I’m guitar and he’s drums, and then I’d look over, and he was playing guitar. And I’m like, ‘no, Dad, that’s my part,'” said Chloe.
When he wasn’t rocking out with his daughters, Rich Lamb was the father of golf in Fort Myers. For 45 years, he mentored thousands of young golfers and helped grow that game in this community.
Tom Case is one of Rich’s friends. “His legacy goes beyond the game of golf. It’s the sportsmanship and the camaraderie,” said Case.
Sam Sirianni is another friend of Lamb’s. “He just gave us a platform, a place to feel at home and to know that golf can be a beautiful game that can last a lifetime,” said Sirianni.
Willaim Nelson is Rich’s nephew. “Rich was so dedicated to golf and to Fort Myers. And I think that dedication people will remember that for a very long time,” Nelson said.
What stood out for the hundreds of people who showed up to honor Rich Lamb was his compassion for others. “You have to be kind to everyone because you don’t know who’s walking through those doors,” Chloe said.
Dennis Palmer is also a friend of Rich’s. “Anybody who came into the golf shop he would embrace them as family,” said Palmer.
“Him knowing everyone’s name that came in, you leave like oh wow I feel special because this person was actually listening to me and is going to remember who I am,” said Chloe.
Chloe Lamb is positive that her father’s legacy will live on. “Rich Lamb is not a name to forget,” she said.
One of Rich’s friends traveled all the way from Tuscon, Arizona, to be at this ceremony. He didn’t want to miss the opportunity to pay his respects to his dear friend and mentor.