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LINDSAY, Thomas Duncan (Dunc)

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.

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  1. marilyn lerch :

    Dear Laurie, Jamie and family

    With a heavy heart I hear of the passing of your beloved father. My thoughts are with you in this time of loss. A good man leaves much good behind.

    love,
    marilyn

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  2. Coleen & Andre Kerkovius :

    Laurie: So sorry to hear of your loss. I’m glad you were able to spend some time with your dad over the past number of months. I hope that fond memories fill you with comfort over the next while. It sounds like he was a really great man and dad.

    Thinking of you & Jamie.

    Coleen, Andre, Madeline & Sepp

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  3. Rod and Leslie Low :

    We are very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. We knew him for such a long time and will truly miss him. He was a wonderful neighbor and a great friend to both Rod and I and to our family. We will miss our conversations with your Dad while standing on the street catching up on the news, usually as he was heading out to take his pictures with all his cameras hanging around his neck. He was witty, easy to talk to and we loved his kind and gentle spirit.

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  4. I met Duncan at the Photographic Society have admired him for the many years since. We became close friends and I enjoyed spending time with him. He taught me so much about photography in both the film and the digital fields. We often met for breakfast or lunch and would share photographs and have pleasant discussions. I missed our meetings and our latter discussions were by telephone only. I will miss this quiet and gentle man who added such a great deal to my life.

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  5. James Walter Davidson :

    Girls and family: I know we have not seen much of all you but we still are family and we will never forget your father Dunc. His pictures we have will always be cherished in our home. Our sympathies to you all. Jim & Theresa
    PS We should have a reunion in Bergan someday.

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  6. Barbara & Jim Fisher Family :

    Sorry to hear of Uncle Dunc’s passing. He was a brilliant photographer and a fondly thought of Uncle. Great memories of visiting your home when we were young. He took our wedding photos and it is wonderful looking back. I am sure he will be missed by all. Sorry we will be unable to attend his funeral.

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  7. Patti Wallace (Konschuh) :

    Natalie and Robert:

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I remember the first time I met your dad – he was so calm, patient and peaceful Please know that our thoughts, prayers and deepest symathies are with you. Take care.

    Patti and Howard Wallace

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  8. Karen & Theo Garrick :

    Laurie, Jamie and family:

    So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing and very sorry mom and I cannot be with you for the service. I remember your dad’s photography and the stories of how he captured some of his shots. I know you have many, many other fond memories that will endure. Thinking of you today and wishing the blessings of the spirit upon you.

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  9. Jack Davidson :

    So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing he will be missed by all of you.
    Sincerely,
    Jack and Ruth

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  10. We wish to express our condolences to the Lindsay girls and their families, as a neighbour we have good memories of the past years. You will have many great photos to look back on as the years tick by. With sympathy George & Rosemary Lahoda

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  11. Donna Morrow :

    Angela, Natalie and family,
    I was sorry to read of your Dad’s passing. I lost my Dad four years ago and know that you will miss yours. Thinking of you in the days to come.
    With sympathy, Donna Morrow

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  12. Richard Van de Geer :

    Laurie, you told me about your dad hitting the road in his 4X4 to find photos, and I always thought about myself doing exactly that. I’ve been inspired by his earlier photos of a cowboy’s world in black and white. Laurie and Jamie, my thoughts are with you.
    Richard

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  13. Gerry and Karen Brown :

    We were very sorry to read of your Dad’s passing. Our prayers go out to all of you during this most difficult time.
    Gerry Brown (locomotive engineer-Heritage Park) and wife Karen

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  14. Tom and Shirley Swaddle :

    We are deeply saddened to learn (too late to attend the funeral) of Duncan’s passing. His expert assistance as a glassblower over his 30 years at the U of C was much appreciated, but it is his shared love of photography that comes instantly to mind – technical discussions of vacuum line construction soon gave way to camera talk, and his ever-present smile would broaden as he slipped a Leica out of his pocket. He is much missed.

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  15. Brian Manning (Chief Engineer) :

    It is with great sadness to hear of Duncan’s passing. He will be missed by all who knew him, espesially at Heritage Park where you would always see him trackside trying to get that perfect photo of the locomotive. The engine crews always looked forward to opening weekend and catching up over a cup of coffee at the Shepard station. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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