Lambert Simon Wourms was born in Morinville, Alberta on January 15, 1926. Growing up on the farm agreed with him because he often said he could not see himself doing anything else for a living. He purchased his first piece of land with his brother in his early twenties - this tract of land would eventually become the home quarter where he built his farm. In 1949, he married Lillian and together they raised a family of ten children. A born problem solver, he always had a project on the go whether it was building the barn or restoring a tractor. He seemed to be able to do it all. We all know well the scrap iron pile in the yard that served as an endless supply of material for his projects. No amount of soap could scrub the dirt from under his nails and no amount of time could weather his hands the way hard work did. Even after laboring all day, huge hands with swollen knuckles would find an instrument to play, flooding the farmhouse he built with music.
Many people would describe Lambert’s legacy as one of hard work - a tenacious, determined homesteader who made his mark on the land and his community. Though he embodies these qualities, in his later years we saw a man who demonstrated incredible strength and determination amidst adversity and huge personal challenges. He displayed a deep, tender devotion - to his wife, his children, and grandchildren; to his homestead and land; to his music; and to his faith.
Lambert will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by: his nine children, thirty-eight grandchildren, and sixty-nine great-grandchildren: Dianne (George) Million and family, Gary (Shirley) Wourms and family, Leonard (Maria) Wourms and family, Laurie (Brian) Hardes and family, Cheryl (Terry) Stephenson and family, Ray (Lorie) Wourms and family, Dan Wourms, Marlene (Reg) Hinz and family, Ken (Kristi) Wourms and family, (Glenn) McCrimmon and family; brother-in-law, Victor Kurjata; sister-in-laws, Alma Wourms, Vera Wourms, Helen Etcheverry, Joanne Thomsen, and Lena Kurjata; and numerous extended family members.
He was predeceased by his: wife of 72 years, Lillian (Kurjata); daughter, Gail McCrimmon; grandchildren, Warren Wourms, Darren (Hayley) Wourms; great-grandsons, Cayden Wourms, Samuel Janes; parents, Raymond and Mary Wourms; siblings, Paul Wourms, Ed (Edna) Wourms, Herb Wourms, Ellen (Pete) Volk, and Irene (Emile) Gobeille.
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