August 27, 1926 – March 18, 2013
Duncan (Dunc) Lindsay died peacefully on Monday, March 18, 2013 at the age of 86 years. He was born in the Killarney neighborhood of Calgary on August 27, 1926 and his earliest memories were of riding his horse in the still undeveloped countryside around his home, shooting gophers to collect the bounty that was offered then, driving to the mountains with his parents in their old Model A along the Old Banff Coach road (stopping frequently to repair flat tires incurred on the rough road) and – significantly – purchasing his first camera, a Brownie, on the way home from a visit with his parents to the Calgary Stampede.
His love of photography and the landscape in which he grew up was deep-seated and remained with him for life. Duncan never left the house without a camera tucked under his arm. He was an unpretentious artist; he saw the beautiful and striking images in the everyday world around him and his skill with a camera enabled him to turn them into arresting photographs.
His love of all things technical and mechanical led him to experiment with all kinds of camera equipment and photographic techniques, giving him a wide-ranging expertise, and he made the switch to digital photography and processing of images with ease in his 70’s and 80’s. In fact, he taught himself most things through reading, asking questions, and intelligent experimentation, including blacksmithing, wood working, and dozens of other hobbies, and he applied the same problem-solving to his career as a glassblower at the University of Calgary for over 30 years. He simply never stopped learning and exploring.
Duncan passed this can-do attitude on to the 6 daughters he and his wife, Betty, raised. There was never any hint that there were some things girls ‘couldn’t’ or ‘shouldn’t’ do – other than strive to be good people. He was always ready to support a new interest . . . whether it was a fascination he shared or not. He provided tools, raw materials, books or magazines, rides to events – whatever was needed. He tended to teach by showing, rather than explaining.
And if the emotional complexities of a family full of women were sometimes a bit much, he could always fall back on the practical. No call to repair a faucet, help put up a fence, provide a ride somewhere, look after a grandchild, etc., etc., ever went unanswered. His dear wife, Betty, died 15 years before him; he could not have better fulfilled the injunction she gave him to “look after the girls”.
An essentially shy man, his interests led him to meet people with similar interests everywhere. One of the pleasures of his final days, as word of his illness spread, was finding out how many friends he truly had.
He will be sorely missed by his daughters Susan (Brian) Maitland, Laurie (Jamie) Syer, Kathleen Lindsay, Carmen (Ken) Ashmead, Angela (Don) McLaughlin, Natalie (Robert) Hampton and by his six grandchildren, Elizabeth, Crystal and Scott Maitland, Donald and Jeffrey McLaughlin, and Kerry Ashmead.
The family wishes to thank the staff at the Carewest Sarcee Hospice for their kind and gentle care during Duncan’s last weeks and their understanding and appreciation of Duncan and his wry, often unexpected sense of humour.
Funeral Services will be held at St. Giles Presbyterian Church (1102 – 23rd Avenue N.W.) on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Duncan Lindsay, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.Print This Obituary & Condolences