Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
February 23, 2009
Former WCR business manager dedicated to country, community
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER
EDMONTON — Stuart Lindop will be remembered as an outstanding business manager of the Western Catholic Reporter, a courageous cancer survivor and a socially conscious man who would go out of his way to help others.
He was also a patriot — a Second World War veteran who served Canada as a tank commander in Europe. He served in significant campaigns from D-Day through France, the Battle of Scheldt and onto Bergen Op Zoom in Holland, where he was wounded and sent home.
Senator Douglas Roche, founding editor of the WCR, brought Lindop from Quebec in 1965 to serve as business manager and is happy he did. “He did a good job. He was very energetic.”
At the time, the WCR didn’t have a parish base and had to sustain itself solely on advertising.
“It wasn’t easy to sell ads but he got it going,” Roche recalled. “He did well. I’m very proud of the fact that I am the one who brought him to Edmonton,”
Frank Dolphin, who was the WCR’s assistant editor in those years, said Lindop worked hard to keep the paper going. “He did well; he was a good salesman.”
Lindop left the WCR after five or six years but remained a good friend. Roche and Dolphin remained close to Lindop until the end, often crossing paths in their social projects in subsequent years.
In late 2002 Roche presented Lindop with the Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee Medal for his volunteer work with the Progress Club, which established the celebration of Canada Day in Edmonton and surrounding areas.
Lindop promoted pride in being a Canadian and originated the movement to take sexist language out of the national anthem.
Roche described his longtime friend as “highly committed and energetic” and someone who was rarely stopped by any obstacle.
“Nothing could get him down and no matter what was happening or what situation of health, he had a zest and a determination to him.”
At the age of 70, doctors diagnosed Lindop with cancer. He didn’t like the way chemotherapy made him feel so he took himself off of it. He was given six months to live.
He lived another 19 years, dying Feb. 9 at the age of 89.
In 1989 Lindop lost his right leg to cancer but that didn’t slow him down. He continued skiing in the Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival, making his last appearance at the festival in 2007 at the age of 88. He was also a passionate organizer of Uncles at Large and a dedicated member of the Terry Fox Run.
ACHIEVED HIS DREAM
In 1993 Lindop achieved his dream of graduating from the University of Alberta with a bachelor of arts degree.
His friends recall a man with a sense of humour who was easygoing, warm and caring.
“He was always reaching out to help other people. That’s the story of his life,” Dolphin said. “He went into the Veterans Hospital in the last few weeks (before his death) and he wanted to help other people in the lodge.”
Stephen, the oldest of six children Lindop had with Kathleen, his wife of 56 years, told The Edmonton Journal his father’s guiding principle in life was to always look out for other people.
“My dad really believed that you are your brother’s keeper,” Stephen said. “When people were in trouble, he would go all out, way past the line, to help. He always thought he was very pragmatic and very realistic, but he also really believed in hope.”
Dolphin’s wife Margaret described her good friend Stu as a man truly concerned with social justice.
“I think he was a man who saw a need and would do anything to meet it, even after his leg was removed. I’ll remember him as a caring citizen, a good husband and a good provider.”