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Russell B. Lindsay, Jr.

February 7, 1931November 15, 2020

Russell B. Lindsay Jr., 89, passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at his home in West Windsor, NJ. Russell was born February 7, 1931 in Orange, NJ, to Gladys and Russell B. Lindsay Sr. Russell was an accomplished baseball player and musician at Orange High School and Upsala College. Russell served 32 years in the US Navy Reserves reaching the rank of Chief Petty officer specializing in cryptography. Russell spent his professional life in the construction industry, owning and operating Lindsay Construction and then serving as the construction official for the Townships of Denville, Boonton and West Orange. Russell was proceeded in death by his wife and love of his life for over 66 years, Florence Lindsay and his brother Hunter Lindsay. Russell is survived by his three sons, Gary and his wife Lois, Russell (III) and his wife Barbara and Fred and his wife Joan. He was known as “Grandpa Russ”, “Grampa” or “Grandpa Lindsay” to eight grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Due to the current pandemic, Russell’s arrangements will be conducted privately with a celebration of his life to be scheduled sometime in the future. He will be laid to rest in his family’s plot in the Restland Memorial Park in E. Hanover, NJ.

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PHYLLLIS CRANSTON

November 26, 2020

GOING THROUGH "STUFF" TO DOWNSIZE (*GETTING TO THAT TIME) IFOUND TWO HIGH SCHOLL BASEBALL PICTURES WITH BOBBY CRANE AND RON MARRA. I THOUGHT, RUSS WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THEM. CAME TO MY COMPUTER TO GET LATEST ADDRESS AND WAS SHOCKED TO SEE THE OBIT.
TO THE FAMILY, PLEASE ACCEPT MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES. YOU ALREADY KNOW RUSS WAS A TOP OF THE LINE PERSON. SINCEREYL HOPE HE DID NOT SUFFER

John Decker

November 22, 2020

Photo taken in August 1984 of a Navy Reserve weekend trip to one of the Navy's Virginia cluster of bases in the Norfolk-Newport News area. Left to right: Senior Chief (CPRCS) Russell Lindsay, Chief Mike Shaw, Petty Officer Ben Link, Petty Officer John Decker, Petty Officer Barbara Lindhagen Cassidy.

John Decker

November 19, 2020

I don't know why it was, but, two days after Russ's passing from life to life eternal, when I saw the 5 words that were the heading of Joe Novak's e-mail ("The sad news keeps coming"), all I could think of was "Senior Chief Lindsay!" It was my sixth sense speaking to me.

This is a horrible shock to me. I met him at the now-long closed Clifton Naval Reserve Center in May 1979 when I enlisted in the reserves for the first time. It took a while for me to get my clearance and get into the secure spaces to be entered only by those with a top secret clearance, but once I began working there, Russ took such good care of me - a real greenhorn, a real beginner in everything except the language aspect - that after a while I said to myself, "You might as well admit it, in terms of the Navy, he's your Dad." (My real Dad had passed away four and a half years earlier.).

There wasn't anything that he couldn't or didn't patiently explain, that I needed to know to do my thing as part of the team in the secure spaces.

I think he was also instrumental in getting me nominated for Cryptologist of the Year in our group in November 1981, which was way over the top when you consider how short a time I had been serving and had my clearance for the secure spaces. But the award went to me.

All of the above is was why, at the annual reunions of Security Group veterans and retirees, I always sat as close to Russ as I could, and shared whatever was on my mind that I thought would interest him. And I always welcomed the chance to have my picture taken with him. I was aware that his health had taken a severe hit by 2017, but tried to put out of my mind the thought that some day soon we would lose him.

Fair winds and following seas, Senior Chief! How you will be missed!

Stephen Jones

November 19, 2020

I'm very sorry to hear of Russ' passing. When I first got involved in the inspection profession, Russ was one of the leaders that I looked up to. Always quick with wisdom and support, Russ took the time to help me get a leg-up in this business. I will never forget his help over the years and what he meant to this profession. My sincere condolences to his family and just know that he made a difference for the members of this state.

Russ Heiney

November 18, 2020

Russ Lindsay was one of my many mentors in the Building Inspection field. Many of times he and I sat at the Morris County meetings just shooting the breeze and sharing all of life's topics. Russ was always in your corner and stood up for you, no matter what. He gave me my first position as a Construction Official and because of that experienced that he passed on, I acquired numerous towns. Russ Lindsay was a true gentlemen, true to his word, loved what he did for a living, but most of all he loved his grandchildren. You would only have to spend a couple of minutes to know this. Consider yourself blessed to have such a great human being as a grandfather and friend. I know I am . Thank You Russ for all that you shared with ALL OF US. Russ Heiney

Joe Novak

November 18, 2020

Russ was a neighbor, friend, coach and mentor. He and Florence (along with brother Hunter and Flo's sister Ducky) moved into the houses across from my parents when I was around 10 years old - over 60 years ago. My sister, brother and I babysat their boys. Russ coached me in Babe Ruth League and did me the ultimate favor - he talked me into joining his reserve unit in 1965. Chief Russ was a model leader and his guidance and advise led me to a 30-year Naval career. It was my pleasure since I retired to run Navy Reunions at Picatinny dedicated to Russ and others I served with - and it was the ultimate pleasure to see them enjoy them. Since I sent out the announcement of his passing to our shipmates I've received many touching remembrances that are a tribute to how he touched many lives and led by example. He is already missed. Fare Winds and Following Seas my friend.
Note: the picture is on USS Wisconsin when I was proud to have Russ present for my retirement.

Courtney Lindsay

November 17, 2020

To my grandpa his children and grandchildren were most important and he never let a moment go by that he didn’t let us know how much he loved us. He attended almost every sporting event and every life event, and was always our biggest fan at them. His beach house was always our favorite place to go and he always made it extra special with fresh donuts every morning. He would always eat the leftover ones which he called “dunkers”. That was just the kind of grandpa he was.
Grandpa was happiest on his boat and taught us to love the ocean. “Always get your feet in the water”.
I am so grateful that I will have so many wonderful memories of him. He will be missed. ❤️

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