Tribute to Enrico 'Rico'
I first met Enrico "Rico"
Lamberti while training at Dunklin Memorial Camp back in 1989. We
immediately became close friends.
Rico Lamberti and
We were both born in New York State
and of Italian American decent and were real city slickers. Living in
the swamps of Okeechobee Florida at Dunklin with mostly country boys
brought laughs galore during our time together. We were always
amazed at how God arranged for us to be there together.
After finishing up my training at
Dunklin and moving onto my job at Faith Farm, Rico and I stayed close.
We spoke to each other all the time. About a year after working at Faith
Farm I felt that God was closing the door there for me and wondered
where He would take me next.
Rico called me one day to say he
was hired as a counselor/therapist at the Drug Abuse Foundation of Palm
Beach County who had just signed a contract with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department to supply drug treatment services for
a new program called the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Drug Farm. It was a boot camp, the second of its kind in the US.
Rico Lamberti and another Dunklin Memorial Camp graduate and teacher, Ed Khouri developed the treatment side of
this new in-jail program using a re-structured version of Dunklin's proven Christian based curriculum.
It fit perfectly into a jail setting.
Lamberti offered me the position as the program's court
liaison and I moved to Palm Beach County to being working alongside him
and the other staff he put together. We watched hundreds of lives
changed through the power of God and the excellent curriculum Rico and
Ed Khouri developed. It truly was a life-changing experience for all of
Rico passed away in 2007 and left
us way too young. I think about him all the time and really miss his
laugh and charming personality so much. He always brought a smile to my
face every time we talked or saw each other. We stayed close over the
years after God opened other doors for us when our work was done at the
Drug Abuse Foundation.
Obituary - Enrico "Rico" Lamberti
Enrico “Rico” Alexander Lamberti, age 58, passed peacefully, August 12, 2007 at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. Rico was born and raised in New York City, married in New Orleans, and raised his family in Okeechobee, Florida. Rico, son of Antonio and Nancy Lamberti (both deceased) and beloved brother to Anthony, John, Joseph, and Paul Lamberti, is survived by his wife, Viki Lamberti, and children, Alex, Stephen, Amy and Amanda; as well as extended family and friends.
Rico was the owner of Breakthrough Recovery Services which he started in 1998. Throughout his lifetime, Rico dedicated his life to ministering and inspiring others.
As a pioneer of Christian Based Rehabilitation, Rico had a huge heart for those on the road to recovery and was responsible for the innovative development of treatment programs throughout Florida, including his position as a member of Governor Jeb Bush’s Drug Control Strategy Board for the past 6 years.
Rico will always be remembered for his humorous view of life, contagious smile, love for watermelon, and willingness to help anyone in need. He always knew the right thing to say. He will be deeply missed and eternally respected.