Jean Lindsay of Rancho Palos Verdes California passed away at the age of 91 after a brief illness. She was born and raised in Troy New York, the youngest of three daughters to Frank J and Kitty Sheedy Weber. Jean had fond memories of her childhood, developed an early passion for swimming and the ocean. She worked as a lifeguard at the city pool, and had positive recollections of ocean swimming during family trips to the beaches in Maine.
Jean's strong leadership and people skills were present at a young age, she was the student body president at Catholic High. She went on to attend Good Counsel College in White Plains, New York where she was the President of her debating team graduating with a degree in English. Following graduation from college, Jean worked as the women's editor at WFLY radio station in Troy. Jean met Robert G Lindsay (West Point Grad, 1945) while he was attending graduate school at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Jean and Bob were married in 1950 at West Point.
Bob and Jean raised 6 children (Gary, Karen, Frank, Jeff, Mark and Patrick). With Bob's career in the Air Force as a fighter pilot, flight instructor and engineer, they lived in several locations. They especially enjoyed living in Rome Italy for three years where Bob was assistant attaché' at the Italian Embassy, they loved the Italian people, culture and adventure. Jean would later enjoy practicing her Italian and reminisce about her great times living in the heart of Rome on Via Appennini. Other locations included Mesa Arizona, Fort Walton Beach, Naval Academy at Annapolis where they enjoyed sailing on the Chesapeake, Newport Beach Rhode Island, before finally settling in Palos Verdes, CA. Bob retired from the Air Force as a Colonel in 1968 and then embarked on another 25-year career at Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor.
Jean was a teacher before embarking on a successful career in real estate. She utilized her many attributes including her very strong communication and people skills, infectious curiosity, and business acumen.
There were many great Lindsay Family memories, spending time at the local beach, traveling to Fort DeRussy in Hawaii on military planes, snorkeling, surfing, playing tennis, camping in Yosemite and San Onofre beach. Bob passed away in October 1999, a few months short of 50 years of marriage.
Jean was an active member of the Palos Verdes Beach and Athletic Club, where she enjoyed family, friends and water aerobics right up until the age of 90. She was an avid bridge player, strong supporter of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Symphony, had a passion for learning, and taking on new hobbies such as painting. Most of all, Jean loved her family and everyone enjoyed and appreciated the more than 20 years of family reunions in Solano Beach and Stinson Beach. She had a very special relationship with her 14 grandchildren, sharing love of ocean, travel, swimming, and nature, viewing spouting grey whales off of Palos Verdes and learning about the Peregrine falcons nesting near the cliffs. Jean loved living in Palos Verdes and so much appreciated her close friends. Jean enjoyed a special relationship with Joe Sullivan, they brought out the best in each other, loved to laugh, ride bikes and enjoy a good meal
Jean is survived by five children: Karen, Frank, Jeff, Mark, and Patrick, as well as fourteen grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Bob, son Gary, and sisters Ann and Bette. A Mass will take place at St John Fisher in Palos Verdes on August 3rd at 11 am followed by a celebration and reception in Barrett Hall.
Burial services will take place October 11th at 1:30 at West Point. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, in memory of Jean's son Gary, sister Ann, and niece Erin.https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Donate