2006-03-30 / Obituaries

Philip Lindsay, 59

Philip E. Lindsay, a loving father, spouse, and friend died Wednesday, March 22, 2006 at his home in Jamestown with family at his side. He succumbed to a five-month battle with lung cancer. He was the husband of Marcia (Allen) Lindsay for 35 years.

Mr. Lindsay was born July 16, 1946 in Boston, Mass., and lived in Needham,

Mass., for more than 40 years. He moved to Jamestown in 1998. Mr. Lindsay graduated from Needham High School in 1964 and earned a bachelor's degree from Hamline University in 1968, and a master's degree in political science from the University of Rhode Island in 1969. He undertook doctoral level coursework in political science at Duke University.

During his time in Needham he was active in the American Red Cross, local political issues, and the Democratic Party. A soccer aficionado, perhaps the foremost among Mr. Lindsay's activities was his involvement with the Needham Soccer Club as a coach and an administrator. Among his various duties for the NSC, he organized and expanded the Needham Invitational Memorial Day Soccer Tournament, now in its 30th year.

Mr. Lindsay relished his work, which involved business development and sales of various computer systems in private and governmental programs. His most recent position was director of sales and business development for SensorCom, Inc. of Annapolis, Md.

Well dressed, well versed, and well known for his caustic wit, he always enjoyed engaging in lively debate with family and friends. Among other topics, Mr. Lindsay loved to assail the infamous exploits of politicians, including his personal favorite "Tricky Dick" Nixon. H.L Menken once wrote, "It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull." Always the contrarian, Mr. Lindsay was always sure, but was surely not dull.

An avid reader, his interests stretched from the science fiction worlds created by Larry Niven to the idiosyncratic ramblings of Hunter S. Thompson. Other personal interests included sailing, movies, anything to do with soccer, and travel.

As Martin Luther King Jr., wrote,"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." As his family and friends all knew well, you could count on Mr. Lindsay to stand with you when you needed it the most.

Besides his wife Mr. Lindsay is survived by a son, Matthew and his wife Jamie, of Washington, D.C., and a daughter Christina, of Providence. Mr. Lindsay will also be remembered fondly by many family members and good friends. A private memorial service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Jamestown Medical Fund, P.O. Box 236, Jamestown, RI, 02835.

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