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J. Gregory Lam

December 3, 1948 September 21, 2019
J. Gregory Lam
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Gregory Lam John Gregory Lam passed away at home in Mt. Sidney, Virginia surrounded by his family and friends on the morning of September 21, 2019, at the age of 70.  His passing occurred after a lengthy battle with cancer. 

Greg was born December 3, 1948 at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, the eldest son of the late Fells S. Lam and the late Dorothy Todd Lam. 

Upon graduation from Bridgewater College, Greg joined the Fairfax County Police. Shortly thereafter he was admitted to the Virginia State Police basic school, graduating on April 1, 1973.  Following 15 years of service as a State Trooper, Senior Special Agent Lam devoted 16 years to investigating pharmaceutical drug diversion cases.  During his career, he became an expert marksman and firearms instructor for the State Police.  He truly enjoyed his vocation and the camaraderie, friendship, and companionship of fellow law enforcement and legal professionals.  Greg’s quick wit and prolific sense of humor, gifted storytelling, and collegial personality always put others at ease.  Throughout his life, Greg appreciated time spent with friends, Chicago Cubs baseball, travel with Joanne, family and friends, and volunteering locally. 

Greg married Joanne Marie DeRossi in Yellowstone National Park on July 16, 1972.  In addition to his beloved wife of 47 years, he is survived by his daughter Kristen Lam Brandt, her husband Dr. M. Todd Brandt, their sons Spencer Gregory and Cooper Davis of Waynesboro, Virginia; his daughter Heather Allison Lam Rittiner, her husband Lloyd J. Rittiner, their son Jason Elliot and daughter Maylee Jane of Warrenton, Virginia.  Greg is also survived by his brother Gary Fells Lam of Gulf Shores, Alabama and sister Deborah Elizabeth Fraser of Knoxville, Tennessee. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Virginia State Police Association Scholarship Fund online or by mail to 6944 Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23225 or to Hospice of the Shenandoah, P.O. Box 1000, Fishersville, Virginia 22939. 

The family will receive friends on Friday, September 27, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Spring Hill ECO Presbyterian Church, 4141 Spring Hill Road, Staunton, Virginia 24401.  A Celebration of Life will be held at the same location on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 4 p.m. 

The family wishes to thank Hospice of the Shenandoah for providing compassionate and professional care.

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6:00 PM 9/27/2019 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 9/27/2019 8:00:00 PM
Spring Hill ECO Presbyterian Church

4141 Spring Hill Road
Staunton, VA 24401

Spring Hill ECO Presbyterian Church
4141 Spring Hill Road Staunton 24401 VA
United States





4:00 PM 9/28/2019 4:00:00 PM
Spring Hill ECO Presbyterian Church

4141 Spring Hill Road
Staunton, VA 24401

Spring Hill ECO Presbyterian Church
4141 Spring Hill Road Staunton 24401 VA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Hospice of the Shenandoah

c/o Augusta Health Foundation
P. O. Box 1000
Fishersville, VA 22939

Virginia State Police Association Scholarship Fund

6944 Forest Hill Avenue
Richmond, VA 23225

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