With great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of R. Keith Lindsay, age 90, on December 12, 2014 in Qualicum Beach, BC.
Deeply loved by Kaye (Kathleen), his wife of 64 years, his children Geoff (Patricia), Mary (Malcolm Orr), John (Heather Wright), Christine (Tom Anderson), grandchildren Kyle, Greg (Tenille), Eric; Heather Orr (Burton Middleton), Andrew Orr, Robert Orr; Alastair, Iain; Isabella Anderson, Madeleine Anderson and great grandson Liam Middleton. Keith was predeceased by his brothers Bill, Rod and Barrie, and his grandson Keith. He is remembered with much love by his younger sister Helen.
Keith was born in the West Point Grey area of Vancouver. Keith and his siblings raised 21 children which provided the nucleus for many memorable Lindsay Clan gatherings. The Family Christmas parties were a special highlight where Uncle Keith played a starring role as Santa Claus.
Keith graduated from the University of Toronto Dental School in 1947 and completed graduate training in Oral Surgery at the University of Michigan in 1954.
Keith then returned to Vancouver and established a successful oral surgery practice. During his professional life Keith was an accomplished and dedicated dentist and was one of the first Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons in Vancouver. He was active in many local, national and international dental societies. He was very involved with teaching at UBC where he was an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry. Keith played an important role in establishing the first VGH Dental Clinic. He was also on staff at the BC Cancer Agency, Children’s and Shaughnessy Hospitals.
Kaye and Keith retired to Dorcas Point on Vancouver Island in 1993. Keith continued to be active with family and friends; fishing the local waters, improving his handicap at Fairwinds and tending to his and Kaye’s bountiful garden.
Keith will be remembered for his devotion to family; kind gentle smile; building woodpiles at Dorcas and his love of travel with Kaye. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff at The Gardens in Qualicum Beach for their compassionate care over the past three years.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of BC.
A service to remember and celebrate Keith’s life will be held at St. Stephen’s United Church, Qualicum Beach on Saturday January 17, 2015 at 2 PM. Reception to follow.