Robert W. Lambert Sr., 76, of Westville, who retired in 2006 as a machinist for The Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, died of lung disease Thursday, July 23, at Elmwood Hills Healthcare Center in Blackwood.

Tom Riley, production maintenance director for the newspapers' publisher, Philadelphia Media Network, had known Mr. Lambert since 1991 and said "he was a quiet and skillful machinist."

Mr. Lambert, Riley said, "helped maintain and repair the pressroom equipment."

Before assuming his current job, Riley was the machine shop manager and Mr. Lambert's immediate superior.

"He was a good guy," Riley said. "He was friendly and a very efficient worker."

Born in Camden, Mr. Lambert graduated from Gloucester City High School and served in the Army in West Germany.

He worked as a machinist at the Bulletin until it closed in 1982, when he joined The Inquirer.

A niece, Donna Emma, said "he was quiet, very pleasant, easygoing."

Off the pressroom floor, she said, "he had a Camaro that he would fix up and race." Among his other hobbies was sailing remote-controlled boats.

Besides his niece, Mr. Lambert is survived by his wife, Diane, and a sister. His son, Robert W. Jr., died in 2005.

Services are pending.

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