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Memorable Manitobans: Norman James Lindsay (1874-1959)

Piano salesman.

Born at St. Thomas, Elgin County, Ontario on 14 August 1874, son of Lieutenant-Colonel William H. Lindsay and Frances Leslie, he was educated at London and Toronto. He came to Winnipeg in 1895 where he worked as a salesman at the Winnipeg Piano Company (?-1939) and was Sales Manager with the Miles Music Company (1939-1949) of Duluth, Minnesota. He retired in 1949.

During the First World War, he was Officer Commanding of the 10th Divisional Train of the C.A.S.C. (Mechanical Transport Branch). He served in France from February 1915 to August 1919 and was mentioned in dispatches four times. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1919.

On 11 January 1898, he married Rose Irene Vassar (1873-1963) at Winnipeg. They had six children: Ethel Mary Lindsay (1899-1991, wife of Harold F. Donavon), Dorothy Elizabeth Lindsay (1900-1966, wife of Howard E. Osborne), John Roderick “Jack” Lindsay, Margaret Catherine Lindsay (1903-?, wife of Walter Taylor), Gertrude Rosemary Lindsay (1907-1996, wife of John Edward Marrin), and William Henry Lindsay (1908-1983). He was a member of the Knights of Columbus (Winnipeg Council 1107, Fourth Degree Knight), United Service Club, and the Roman Catholic Church. In 1925, the family lived at 190 Colony Street, Winnipeg.

He died at the Deer Lodge Hospital on 8 November 1959 and was buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery.


1901 and 1916 Canada censes, Library and Archives Canada.

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Colonel Lindsay dies at 85,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 November 1959, page 10.

Obituary [Rose Irene Lindsay], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 October 1963, page 32.

Obituary [Mrs H. F. Osborne], Winnipeg Free Press, 31 January 1966, page 23.

Obituary [William Henry Lindsay], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 January 1983, page 19.

Obituary [Ethel Mary Donavon], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 March 1991, page 32.

Obituary [Rosemary Marrin], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 January 1996, page C9.

Obituary [John Roderick Lindsay], Winnipeg Free Press, WFP, 9 March 1998, page B4.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 16 March 2014

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