John Michael Lamberti, Sr.
John Michael Lamberti Sr., 75, experienced his heavenly home-going October 31, 2019. He was born September 12, 1944 in Staten Island, New York to the late John Joseph and Rose (Connor) Lamberti.
John spent his childhood riding his bicycle all over Staten Island with his best friend Robert. They had many fun adventures together like recreating Tom Sawyer’s raft out of driftwood, eating the very best pizza ever at his favorite joint Nunzios, and camping out at Midland Beach and eating raw oysters for dinner. The ensuing stomach aches meant that future campouts featured roasted hotdogs on the menu instead.
As a teenager he moved with his family to Tampa, FL in the early 1960’s and attended Eastbay High School. During the Vietnam War he was drafted into the US Army. His time in the service took him to Germany where he experienced a much larger world than ever before. He was able to visit different countries and made several meaningful friendships with his fellow soldiers, some of whom he was able to reconnect with later in life.
Back in Tampa, he proudly worked for 31 years at GTE (later Verizon) as a Network Systems Manager. He faithfully served at Central Baptist Church in Seffner as an ordained deacon for 25 years and was later an active member of Wellspring Community Church in Ruskin. John loved to read a good crime solving novel, answer all the questions on Jeopardy (most of the time correctly), win a game of Scrabble with just a 50+ point two letter word that people usually had to look up to ensure it was a real word and to cheer on his beloved Buccaneers each week. Sometimes his wife half-jokingly questioned him on who he loved more the Bucs or her. Most of all though he enjoyed pixie dust filled visits to Disney with his family.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 51 years, Evie; children, Lisa Wellander and her husband Scott of Apollo Beach, Dawn Whitehead and her husband Chuck of Plant City, John Michael Lamberti, Jr. and his wife Ashley of Riverview, Joey Lamberti of St. Petersburg and Beth Smurr and her husband John of Apollo Beach; sisters, Beverly Clough, Jackie Powell and Lynn Pagan all of Georgia; grandchildren, Morgan, Sierra, Jordan, Kristen, Jordan, Jacob, Isabella, Aiden, Gavin, Brianna, Benjamin and Abigail; and great-grandchildren, Maxwell and Margaux.
Interment with military honors will take place at Sarasota National Cemetery during a private family ceremony. Arrangements are being handled for the family by Maloney Funeral Home. www.MFHcares.com. In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be made to Choices or My Warrior’s Place both in Ruskin, FL.