Truman J. ‘Tru’ Lamkin, 73, Salesman

Truman J. “Tru” Lamkin, 73, a longtime resident of Haverhill, died on Nov. 20 in Haverhill, surrounded by his family.

Born and raised in Augusta, Maine, he was the son of the late Roland and Catherine (Clark) Lamkin, he moved with his family to Salem, N.H. in 1961 and was a member of the Woodbury High School Class of 1963. After high school, Lamkin entered the U.S. Navy where he served his country for six years. Returning to the Salem area after being discharged from the Navy in 1969, he met his wife Sandra and they were married shortly thereafter. The happy couple moved to Haverhill where he was a salesman at Grossman’s for 25 years.

A natural born singer, Lamkin and his family were a big part of the choir at St. George’s Church in Haverhill. As a member of the American Legion Post 4, he was well known for his karaoke skills often performing his favorite song, “Don’t Close Your Eyes” by artist Keith Whitley. Above all else, he loved his family.

Lamkin will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife of almost 50 years Sandra (Gleason), sons Jerry Fleury of Haverhill, James Rainville and his partner Michael of Leominster, Truman Lamkin, Jr. and his partner Gary Canniff of Lawrence, Marc Lamkin and his wife Danielle of Lowell, daughters Darlene “Dolly” Smith of Haverhill, and Danielle Wescott of Wells, Maine, brothers Mark Lamkin and his wife Linda of Manchester, N.H., Doug Brunelle and his wife Edna of Gardner, Maine, sisters Sueanne Quirio and her husband Frank of Augusta, Maine, Trudy Peacock and her husband Bob of Danville, Va., 14 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Jean French and her husband Don of Lincolnville, Maine. The Lamkin family would like to give a special thanks to longtime friend and caregiver Mark Cunningham.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Saturday, Nov. 24 from 1-4 p.m. at Berube-Comeau Funeral Home, 47 Broadway, Haverhill. His funeral service will follow at 4 p.m. in the funeral home followed by the rendering of Military Honors by the U. S. Navy.