Eight Bells: David Lindsay
Published on April 18th, 2022
David Dean Lindsay, 75, longtime resident of Norwalk, CT, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in his sleep during his favored afternoon nap on April 12, 2022.
Born in Greenwich, CT, he spent his early days teaching skiing at Stratton, working at Olin Ski Company, helping to build Snowbird Ski Resort and ripping it up in a few Warren Miller films. He then returned to his lifelong passion for sailing as Vice President of UK Sailmakers for 15 years.
His storied sailing career brought him all over the world – 27,000 miles aboard the Ondine, winning every major ocean race in the Atlantic in 1968, and he would continue on to race in the Southern Ocean Racing Conference and the Bermuda Race 10 times in the next 10 years.
When he decided to become an adult he joined his brother-in-law’s company, Rand Insurance, as VP of Sales and Marketing in their New Canaan office where he spent the next 32 years until he retired in 2020.
David was an avid outdoorsman, loving nothing more than a day hunting at Ten Mile River Preserve, shooting (the breeze) at Weston Gun Club or his retirement “job” dog handling at Clove Valley with Millie at his side. In the summer he enjoyed golfing at Silvermine Golf Club, finally getting a much deserved hole-in-one just last year; and he was so excited when his longtime Noroton Yacht Club finally built a real bar so they could mix up his signature DL specials.
David was also a dedicated volunteer, fundraising for organizations dear to his heart for decades, notably WGC Community Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, CT State Golf Association, and most recently, volunteering at the Open Door Shelter and Person to Person.
David was a man with many nicknames, countless amazing friends and a fabulous mustache, but most importantly, his world revolved around his family. His sweet and patient wife of 43 years, Teal; his loving daughter, Adare; his son-in-law and dear friend, Patrick Kiely; and the light of his life, and perhaps his proudest accomplishment, his beautiful grandchildren, Spencer (6) and Griffin (3).
He is also survived by his sister, Barbara Whittaker; and his sister-in-law Suzanne Rand; and their beloved families. He was predeceased by his brother, Gordon Lindsay.
A memorial service will be held later this spring. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Person to Person in Darien or Open Door Shelter in Norwalk.