Br Eugene Vincent Lambe

Br Eugene Vincent Lambe

Vincent was born in Knockbeg in County Sliao on 7 November 1905 as the son of the engine-driver Joseph Lambe and Mary Ann Harte. Vincent went straight to the International Novitiate at SanMaurizio in Italy which he entered on 8 September 1923. He made his First Profession there on 8 September 1925. It is not known what he did during the following year because he only arrived in South Africa one year later on 14 October 1926.

His first three appointments all last one year -to Hatfield St, 1927, Observatory, 1928 and Rondebosch, 1929. After a six-year spell at Observatory Brother Eugene spent two years living in Prestbury and attending the Natal Teachers Training College.

In 1939 he was made Director of Hatfield St..(CaDe Town) a position he held for two terms before being Principal there in 1945. At the end of this office Brother went to the Second Novitiate in mid-1947.

On his return had spent the rest of 1948 as a Prefect at Observatory before going to Port Elizabeth in 1949 and Durban in 1950. In 1959 he took over the Direction of St Charles. Brother’s final posting was to St Henry’s in 1962 at which school he taught until his retirement one year before his death. Brother was a most kind and gentle man and was greatly loved in community, which he always graced with his quiet charm and humour.For the last few years of his life he had suffered several heart attacks and on the evening of 26 June at 10.40 p.m. he rang for Brother Brendan and said that he felt unwell. He was quickly transferred to the Sanatorium but then suffered a massive attack at 11.15 p.m. and nothing could be done even by the attending specialist.

His elder brother, John, also joined the Brothers and had worked in South Africa for twenty years, 1921-41 as Brother Eugene John. After leaving the Institute he remained in South Africa. The two remained very close to each other.


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