Ernest C. Lindner

March 28, 1924January 26, 2013


Ernest C. Lindner age 88, of Old Saybrook passed away January 26, 2013 at Middlesex Hospital. Beloved husband of Barbara (Konrad) Lindner. He was born on March 28, 1924 in Middletown to the late Ernest W. Lindner and Theresa (Mozzochi) Lindner. Ernie was a WWII veteran serving in the Navy and was part of the invasion of Normandy. He joined the Old Saybrook school system in the early 1950s as a gym teacher and moved to Old Saybrook in 1956. During his long career he won three state championships with Old Saybrook High School, two in baseball and one in soccer. He also won two Shoreline basketball championships. He was athletic director for OSHS for many years before his retirement in the 1980s. He was honored to be selected for the Connecticut High School Coaches Hall of Fame at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. Ernie was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed playing golf. He was an avid fan of both the boys and girls UCONN basketball teams. He also followed the Connecticut Sun basketball team. Old Saybrook has lost a good teacher and a good friend. Besides his wife of 56 years, Barbara, he is survived by one brother Robert Lindner of East Lyme and a sister Audrey Conrad and her husband Paul of Columbia, South Carolina. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Family and friends may visit Swan Funeral Home 1224 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook Wednesday, January 30, from 5-8 pm. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday, January, 31, at 10 am at St John Church, Main Street, Old Saybrook. Internment will follow at Fountain Hill Cemetery in Deep River will full military honors. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Middlesex Hospice, 28 Crescent St. Middletown Ct 06457. Please visit for condolences and tributes.


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 30, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 31, 2013

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Al Cabane

May 18, 2013

I just learned of Mr. Lindner's passing. (53 years after graduation and I still feel compelled to call him, “Mr. Lindner”, not Ernie. I dreaded those basketball half time lectures, but I loved basketball so much that I looked forward to practice every day. He was a unique character, unforgettable, firm, fair and honest. I had hoped to see him once again but have missed that opportunity. The youth of today could benefit from knowing people like Ernie Lindner to help mold them into solid, firm and fair individuals. May you rest in peace.

March 15, 2013

Heaven has a new angel. Rest with tbe Lord, in Peace always.

Jim Ferrier, 1966

February 20, 2013

I am deeply saddened to learn of Coach Lindner's passing. At the start of the final JV tryout practice of my freshman year (1963) he told me I had not made the team and that I would be on the freshman team. After practicing with the freshmen that day he called me in again and told me he changed his mind and that I had made the JV team after all. I ended up playing all four years for him and loved every minute, except when we got upset in the state semifinals when I was a junior in 1965, and when he had us run those dreaded full court weaves after a long practice. He was tough as nails and was very hard on us, but we all knew he loved us. I learned a great deal about teamwork and responsibility from him. I moved away after high school and hadn't seen him for many years when I last saw him at his hall of fame induction ceremony about 20 years ago and he recognized me right away and we had a great time reminiscing. Rest in peace Coach.

Mike and Mary Lou Belmont

February 12, 2013

Dear Barbara: We are deeply saddened. We have lost a very dear friend but the memories are strong. We hold you both in are prayers; God Bless you and grant you Peace.

Rosalie Williams

February 3, 2013

I remember Mr.Linder well he was a great coach and wonderful person,and friend to all his students God Bless you sir,rest in peace.

tim wernicke

February 2, 2013

Couch Lindner was a great fun man. I have nothing but great memories of him CONSEQUENTLY remember that one?? lol and his 12 cylinder car he had I always wished it was mine. He has the hope of the resurrection, He will live again sincerely yours TIM WERNICKE and family

Robert Mulvihill 1965

February 1, 2013

My coach, my friend, and my mentor. I not only treasure the years I played for you, but the many years since of conversations and advise. In our final talk last year you paid me your highest compliment. I will never forget that day. And yes Coach, I did learn to "hit a whale in the fanny with a handful of rice"

Laura Piontkowski

January 31, 2013

I don't know how many "girl" classes he taught but I had him for gym and he was definitely my favorite! What a wonderful man. Rest in Peace.

January 31, 2013

I am not and have never been an athlete, but had the privilege of working for Coach Lindner as a student manager. He was an inspiration, teacher, and friend whose strong personality insured there never to be a dull moment.
One of the high points of my moving back to Old Saybrook was running into Ernie around town. His good will and sense of humor had not abated, nor had his razor sharp memory, which called back a 40 year old play as if it occurred yesterday. RIP Coach.
Bob Duncan Jr OSHS 1970

Randolph Brooksbank '65

January 30, 2013

I'll never forget your wisdom. You were a great coach and teacher. You'll never be forgotten.