Loyal people person had positive outlook

Lindsay Caldwell
Lindsay Caldwell

A committed member of the community, a family man and a lover of the great outdoors was how those close to Lindsay Colin Caldwell describe him.

Diagnosed with cancer late last year, his optimism had him remain positive during treatment for the past six months before passing peacefully in his Otatara home on August 1 with his four family members by his side.

Lindsay's positive outlook made him one of the most approachable employees at the New Zealand Aluminium Smelter, at Tiwai, colleague Jacqueline O'Reilly said. His friendly manner in the workplace was known by many and his opening line of “what's happening” well renowned, earning him the “Hilda Ogden of Tiwai” nickname.

This was one of several for Lindsay, also known as Wheel or Gadget Man, because of his love for modern technology and anything “geeky”.

Ms O'Reilly described Lindsay as a hard worker, always willing to put himself out to help others.

“Nothing was a problem for Lindsay . . . someone you could always go to, to get something off your chest.”

His ability to play a prank and take a prank well were attributes of his at work, she said.

Born in Gore on July 30, 1951, Lindsay was schooled at Edendale Primary School and Wyndham District High School.

He married Lois Humphries at the Wyndham Presbyterian Church in 1975 and was employed for more than 23 years at the smelter, where he was promoted to crew leader in 2003.

Lindsay was a dedicated father to his three children Jane, Kate and Sam and a loyal brother to Russell and Trevor who live in Edendale.

His love and pride of his wife and children was illustrated by a small shrine of photographs in his work office, where he was always motivated to return while recovering from treatments.

He was a volunteer firefighter for the Edendale Fire Brigade for 15 years, earning the position of station officer. Lindsay was a scout leader and a keen Edendale Rugby Club player in his youth. His dedication to his family led him to spending several years on the board of trustees at Collingwood Intermediate.

His love of nature began on the dairy farm of his parents, Hugh and Jean Caldwell, at Seaward Downs and grew stronger in the past 36 years as he enjoyed a good spot of fishing and hunting in Fiordland - a place he loved dearly and called “the park”. His ashes were spread at the top of Mt Chisholm two weeks ago.

In his latter years, Lindsay learned to both fly and sail.

He was know by his friends and in social circles as the “true gentleman”, “an exceptional individual” and a “good chap” who enjoyed social events.

His popularity was illustrated at his funeral at the Otatara Hall when more than 500 people paid their respects.

In his eulogy Lindsay was described as a people person, who valued his friendships and was a truly loyal friend - a proud father devoted to his children and an incredibly clever individual.

The Southland Times