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"IWK" 2006 Obituary


IWK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-05-06 published
LINDSAY, John W. Sr.
It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of John W. LINDSAY Sr. on May 5, 2006 due to complications from lung cancer. Born in Brooklyn, New York on June 2, 1926 to Harry Dayton LINDSAY and Ellen Arlene McBRINE, John grew up in Woodstock, New Brunswick. He served in the Canadian Army where a chance meeting with a fellow soldier changed his life. There he met an older man who advised him to become an engineer and see the world. He entered Dalhousie University with the Veterans' Program and there he met his lifelong love and partner, Marjorie A. LANGIN whom he married in 1948. He graduated with an Engineering Diploma in 1949 and went on to attend Nova Scotia Technical College where, in 1951, he earned a Bachelor of Civil Engineering. While studying engineering he was awarded the Bob Waters Award as most outstanding engineer and was President of his engineering class. John lived a fully balanced life. In business, he was a visionary developer and partner and mentor for small businesses and a corporate leader in large enterprises. In community life, he was a passionate volunteer, advisor and fund raiser. In his personal life, he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, friend and lifelong fitness participant, sports fan and lover of music. As a developer his first project was the Strawberry Hill Street lands in North Halifax. He then built and leased the first multiple occupancy building in the Burnside Industrial Park and went on to develop millions of square feet of commercial buildings in the 'Park.' He also built and developed industrial buildings in Saint_John's, Newfoundland. His crowning achievement was the Purdy's Wharf office project on the waterfront of downtown Halifax. The leading office project in Atlantic Canada, it was technically innovative and remains the architectural signature of the Halifax skyline. John loved to partner and mentor in the creation of new businesses. These included steel and plastic piping, electrical motor rewinding, container repair, marine electric, mobile catering, pipe cleaning and repair, hazardous waste handling, equipment rentals, environmental, demolition earth work, tennis, squash and racquetball clubs, mathematical software, point of sale promotion and driving ranges. Beyond the success and failure of these businesses, he valued his ongoing relationship with each of his partner entrepreneurs. As a corporate leader he gave valued direction to national and regional companies. For a decade, he was chairman of Maritime Life following long service on the mortgage committee. He was a director of Canada Trust and its predecessor Canada Permanent Trust. He was a multi-decade director of Corporate Communications (now Colours), a director of Maritime Telephone and Telegraph (predecessor to Aliant) and was Chairman of the Halifax Shipyards. He was co-founder and Chairman of Atlantic Industries. John believed deeply in the Young Men's Christian Association of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth and the IWK Hospital and volunteered for both all of his adult life. At the Young Men's Christian Association, he was a volunteer, a member, an ambassador, a philanthropist and never ending steward. He joined the Board in the early 60s and remained as a Director until 1971. He actively participated in every Young Men's Christian Association fund raising campaign from 1970 to present. He served as a board member of the IWK Children's Hospital for more than ten years, leading major capital campaigns and was the co-leader of the amalgamation of the IWK and the Grace Hospital. John was also the founding chair of the IWK Foundation. In the 1970s he served on the Halifax Board of Trade including acting as Chairman in 1977. He also performed significant fund raising for his alma mater, Dalhousie University, and for a number of years served on its Board of Governors. John received recognition for his efforts in the community and in business. In 1984 he became the first recipient of the Halifax Young Men's Christian Association Red Triangle Award for outstanding community service. In 1991 he earned an Honourary Doctorate of Engineering from Technical University of Nova Scotia. He was named a Dalhousie Outstanding Alumnus and was also an honourary life member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia. He was inducted into the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame in 2004 and in 2005 was appointed to the Young Men's Christian Association Fellowship of Honour in a ceremony on Parliament Hill. In his personal life he made regular fitness an integral part of his day to day routine. He had played varsity football, rugby and boxing during his university years. He attended the Young Men's Christian Association advanced fitness class for three decades, leading the class each year on his birthday from age 60 to 72. He loved both the workout and the camaraderie. He and Marge enjoyed their lifelong couple Friends and he also enjoyed Boys Night Out, poker club and the Eager Beaver Investment club. John followed all sports avidly and was a true music lover. He did not prefer any particular genre, all he liked was 'good music' of all types. His deepest passions were reserved for his wife, his children and his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Marjorie, son John (Anne CAMPBELL,) daughter Deborah (Luca ROTTA- LORIA,) grandchildren Jason, Andreas, Lauren, Alexander and Nicolas and step granddaughter Emma. The family would like to invite all those who wish to join in the celebration of his life to a reception on Monday, May 8 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the wharf at Purdy's Wharf. A Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 9 at 2 p.m., at First Baptist Church, 1300 Oxford Street, Halifax., Reverend Tim MacFarlane officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Young Men's Christian Association of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth or the IWK Foundation.

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