Memorable Manitobans: John Roderick “Jack” Lindsay (1901-1998)
Born at Winnipeg on 10 October 1901, son of Norman James Lindsay and Rose Irene Lindsay (1873-1963), he entered the grain industry in 1917 and became a renowned member of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange, serving as its Chairman (1951-1952) and President of the Canadian Consolidated Grain Company before retirement in 1959.
His dedication to community service including the Community Chest, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, and the Family Bureau. He was a board member of St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Sierra Club, St. Paul’s College, St. Paul’s High School, St. Joseph’s Vocational School, and Sisters of St. Benedict. He was inducted into the Order of the British Empire (1946) and made a Knight of Saint Gregory for his wartime work for Church and state.
On 12 June 1926, he married Dorothy Sullivan (1899-1988, daughter of John Godfrey Sullivan) and they had two children: Paul Sullivan Lindsay (1930-2015) and Roderick J. “Rod” Lindsay. For many years, the family lived at 207 Harvard Avenue. His hobbies included bowling, swimming and golfing at the St. Charles Country Club.
He died at the Victoria General Hospital on 6 March 1998 and was buried in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.
“Manitobans,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 July 1946, page 4.
Obituary [Dorothy S. Lindsay], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 December 1988, page 31.
Obituary [John Roderick Lindsay], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 March 1998, page B4.
Obituary [Paul Sullivan Lindsay], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 July 2015.
We thank John R. Lindsay II for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 15 August 2021