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Well known retired Ilkley hospital worker dies
3:27pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
Barry Lambert worked as a haematologist at Bradford Royal Infirmary, and also took an active role in community organisations.
Following national service, he got a job as a laboratory technician at BRI, where he specialised in haematology.
There he met one of the sisters in a neighbouring ward, Margaret Pearson. The two met in 1961 and were married in 1963.
Mr Lambert worked as a haematologist until retiring early at the age of 59.
Born and brought up in Ilkley, Mr Lambert attended Ilkley Grammar School, where he enjoyed chemistry and was happiest in the school science lab.
Having taken up piano lessons, he became a founding member of Ilkley Concert Club as a teenager, and went on to serve on its organising committee.
He attracted some attention in his youth, with his enthusiasm for home made fireworks, made from the contents of unexploded incendiary bombs and flares, which he found on the moor.
Notable incidents included his mother losing her eyebrows when he persuaded her to hold one of his home made fireworks. His exploits also came to the attention of the local policeman, when he set the contents of a flare alight on Colbert Avenue, melting the tarmac.
In more recent times, however, he has been known among his friends for a spectacular bonfire night display.
He was also known to many Ilkley people as a member of Ilkley Lawn Tennis Club, where he once played in the first team, and through his membership of Ilkley Badminton Club, where he coached younger players.
Mr Lambert leaves his wife Margaret, their children, Joanne and Roger, and seven grandchildren.