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Your Silent Neighbors

Take a tour through the past with “Your Silent Neighbors", which introduces readers to people out of Canton’s past.

“Your Silent Neighbors” introduces readers to people out of Canton’s past.  Readers are encouraged to visit these gravesites and pay their respects to the people who have helped make our community what it is today.

Choose a name from the list to begin your journey into Canton's Past:


3/9/2022 - Charles “Ted” Lambert

YOUR SILENT NEIGHBORS, Charles “Ted” Lambert, Baseball Player  
by David K. Leff
Town Poet Laureate and Deputy Town Historian

Best known as a heavy hitting baseball infielder whose preferred position was second base, Charles “Ted” Lambert (1890-1959) was born in East Douglas, Massachusetts but lived in Collinsville most of his life. 

Lambert played first base for New Haven in the Connecticut League and was on various other teams, including those in the Hartford Industrial League, the Hartford Twilight League, and the Farmington Valley League.  He managed Canton baseball and basketball teams, including the high school baseball team.  In the late 1930s, for example, at age 48, he was the second baseman-manager of the very successful Collinsville Axes, which played teams from other nearby towns. 

When he joined the Collins Company knife department in 1909, the Farmington Valley Herald noted that he was now busy all day and that “his many friends miss him from the streets and his usual places of resort.”  He later worked in New Britain for a couple years, returning to the Collins Company by 1920 as a polisher.  In 1922, he became the local agent for the Mutual Trust & Life Insurance Company of Chicago.  Later he was with the Metropolitan Insurance Company, which he left in 1942. 

Lambert was an active member of the Ratlum Mountain Fish and Game Club.  In 1941, he was one of the chefs at a sheep barbecue that attracted nearly 200 members and their wives.  A few years later, he served as chairman of the annual clambake.  In 1949, he ran for Canton constable on the Democratic ticket. 

Lambert’s wife Rose Ann passed away little more than a year before him.  The couple had a son.  At his death, he lived on Main Street in Collinsville.  He died at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford.  Funeral Services were held at the Vincent Funeral Home on Maple Avenue, with a requiem Mass at St Patrick’s Church. 

Charles “Ted” Lambert is buried in Calvary Cemetery, Collinsville. 

“Your Silent Neighbors” introduces readers to people out of Canton’s past.  Readers are encouraged to visit these gravesites and pay their respects to the people who have helped make our community what it is today.




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