Joan Roberta Lamkin
14 March, 1945 – 17 October, 2020
Joan Roberta Lamkin, of Sudbury, entered into rest on October 17, 2020 at the age of 75. Beloved wife of Robert (Bob) Lamkin. Bob and Joan were married 54 years. Devoted mother of Brian Lamkin and his wife, Rebecca, of Medfield, MA and Nathaniel Lamkin and his wife, Leah, of Fort Collins, CO. Cherished grandmother of Philip Lamkin and Henry Lamkin of Medfield and Gershona Lamkin and Miriam Lamkin of Fort Collins. Joan was the loving sister of Lynne Unger and her husband David Unger of Cape Elizabeth, ME. She was the dear daughter of (the late) Philip and Gertrude Goldberg of Marblehead, MA and Lake Worth, FL.
Joan was born in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Marblehead when she was 13 years old. She graduated from Marblehead High School in 1962 and went on to earn her BS/RN at UMass, Amherst in 1966. After graduation she worked at Massachusetts Mental Health Center as a Psychiatric Nurse and then, after time off raising her children, returned as one of the founding psychotherapists at Salem Hospital Outpatient Mental Health Clinic, and worked there until her retirement in 1999.
She and her husband built their dream house in Falmouth, MA in 2003 and lived there for 12 years, where they enjoyed entertaining their children, grandchildren, cousins, nephews and friends on Cape Cod. Joan loved the ocean, and was an avid bird watcher and a volunteer plover monitor on the Cape. She trained her dog, Groucho, as a therapy dog and visited nursing homes and rehab facilities on Cape Cod. She and her husband moved to Sudbury in 2015.
She adored her grandchildren and cherished every minute spent with them and cherished the time she spent visiting and speaking with her cousins and longtime friends. Joan was a very special person and will be greatly missed.
Due to regulation imposed by the Coronavirus Pandemic a private graveside service will be held at Temple Emanu-El Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to a charity of your choice.
Joan Roberta Lamkin
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20 October 2020
Joan will be missed by all of us. My favorite memory was when she brought foie gras (or something similar) to our company party at Marketing Advocate, and she encouraged my son Ian to try it. "It is delicious and an elegant delicacy - you'll love it." Ian enthusiastically took a bite and Joan, with and expectant look, asked Ian what he through. Ian managed a smile and a nod, and then turned to me and his eyes were as big a saucers. Joan had a way to expand people's horizons, even if they were not sure they wanted to be expanded. You'll be missed. I look forward to hearing even more "Joan anecdotes" from my good friend Bob. Warm regards, Gary