Former Multichannel News technology editor Peter D. Lambert of Venice, Fla., died Sunday, July 19, after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 54.
Lambert, known to his close friends for his devotion to his daughter, Anna, and to his music, was highly respected and well known in the cable and telecommunications technology industry for more than 20 years. His most recent venture was as senior editor of Screenplays magazine, a technical journal for the broadband marketplace.
In addition to Multichannel News and before that Broadcasting and Broadcasting & Cable -- he worked from 1986 until 1994 at the two magazines, according to a biography -- he served as an editor and reporter at On Demand, Interactive Week, tele.com and X-Change publications.
"Pete was always one of the best reporters on whatever beat he covered. He also made an editor's job easy by writing tight and meeting deadlines," said John Eggerton, Washington Bureau Chief at Multichannel News and Broadcasting & Cable and one of Lambert's editor's during his tenure at B&C. "The only thing bigger than his Rolodex was his heart."
"We have lost a gifted journalist," Multichannel News and B&C publisher Larry Dunn said. "Pete was a beacon, as a friend and a journalist. He was the kind of newsman who labored over his stories, working up as many as 10 revisions before filing a finished piece. His wisdom and kindness helped many friends through difficult situations and yet, even in his pain of struggling through cancer, he was always quick with a grin and overflowing with good humor. Our thoughts and prayers are with Annie and the other members of Pete's family. We will miss him very much."
Lambert launched Lambert Communications in 2002 and joined Light Reading's global telecom research unit, Heavy Reading, in 2004, where his research focused on operations support systems and on cable industry technologies and services.
Son of the late Col. William R. Lambert, he was born in Cape Cod, Mass. He was a man of strong Christian faith, beloved by a circle of family and friends who constantly came to his side from near and far (one lovely pen pal came all the way from France) during his two-year fight with cancer. He was also a talented musician. His love for his daughter and for music sustained him though his courageous battle -- he used that energy remarkably, without concern for self, friends and family say.
Peter Lambert is survived by daughter, Anna Sand Lambert; mother Jeanne Lambert; brother David Lambert; sister Kristi Lambert; nephew Nathan Lambert and niece Lydia Lambert.
A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday (July 22) in the chapel at Venice-Nokomis United Methodist Church, 208 Palm Ave, Nokomis, Fla.
Donations in his name can be made for cancer research and hospice support. His family is extremely grateful to Tidewell Hospice of Venice, Fla., for loving comfort and care during Peter's final days.