February 22, 1929 – January 6, 2021
With heartfelt sadness we announce the passing of our beloved husband, dad, gramps, papa, pops, brother, uncle, loyal friend, and confidant. Dr. Rod passed away peacefully in his sleep with family by his side on January 6, 2021. He was born on February 22, 1929 to Dr. William and Ruth Lindsay in Nanaimo, BC. Rod’s mother Ruth passed in 1930 and five years later, God brought Helen Richmond to the Lindsay family as a mother to Rod and his siblings and a beloved wife to Dr. William Lindsay.
Rod was an avid sports fan and enjoyed playing hockey and golf. As a teenager, he was an air cadet and played a ‘mean’ violin. He also worked at the family store (Lindsay’s Stationary) where he learned a strong work ethic.
Following in his father’s career footsteps, Rod graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1956 and joined his father’s practice, which he took over when his father retired.
After 51 years of giving back adjustments (jumpies) and many fond memories serving his patients, Rod retired in July 2007 and moved to the Lower Mainland in 2009. His patients remember him as friendly, personable, humorous, accommodating, and trustworthy.
Rod had a quick, dry wit, always enjoyed a good laugh, was generous, hardworking, and well-respected in the community. He was a keen golfer and a regular at the Nanaimo Golf & Country Club, Civic and Frank Crane arenas, Gyro Park, and Serauxmen Stadium, faithfully attending the many sporting events that his family was involved in. His trademark AH-UGAHs rang out loud and clear from the stands!
Rod would say that the most significant event in his life occurred in 1976 when he made a decision to accept Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour at the Nanoose Bay Full Gospel Camp. That decision forever altered how he lived his life. He was a true evangelist and took time to share the Good News to friends, family, and whoever was put in his path.
Rod became involved with the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International and served in various roles both locally and internationally for many years. Together, Rod and Kathy forged warm, lifelong friendships worshipping with people from many nations and all walks of life.
His home on Departure Bay road was a hub of activity. The parking lot was always full! Whether it was patients visiting his home office, his sons’ street hockey games, Bible studies, family dinners, or entertaining visiting ministers and out-of-town guests, the house had a revolving door from morning to evening. Seeing people grow and flourish in their lives and faith brought him great joy.
In his latter years, Rod enjoyed entertaining his grandchildren, passing on his familiar jokes, doodlings and many one liners. Most importantly, he passed along his faith in the Lord and loved singing the songs and hymns that touched him deeply.
Rod is predeceased by his father Dr. William Lindsay, his mother Helen Lindsay, his brother Stewart Lindsay, his sister Marlyn Thomson, and niece Sharryl LaFortune.
Rod will always be lovingly remembered by his wife, Kathy, his sister Roberta Hewat (Bob), brother-in-law Don Thomson, his daughters, Heather Lindsay-Lecuyer (David) and Bonnie Lindsay, and his sons and their families, Doug and Paula Lindsay (Matthew, Hannah & Rebecca), Don and Rose Lindsay (Jeff & Hannah and great grandson, Noah; David & Catherine); Dave and Cheryl Lindsay (William), and his nieces and nephews. He is also survived by many children and grandchildren in the faith who fondly referred to him as Pa.
Rod would say that the best decision you could ever make would be to ask Jesus to make Himself real to you, knowing that He will be faithful to meet you where you are.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Flowers and gifts are gratefully declined. Please consider making a donation in Rod’s memory to The Gideons International in Canada or the Union Gospel Mission (Vancouver). There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date. With heartfelt thanks to Ron Whyte and the staff at First Memorial, Ray and Lois Doumont, and Mark and Lise MacDonald and family.
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