Rash's Surname Index
Notes for Clifford L. Jr. LINDSAY
Clifford (HAP) Lindsay, 75, passed away January 29, 2009 at the Delaware Hospice House, Milford, De, after a long illness. Born in April 25, 1933 in Media, Pa. to the late Clifford L. Lindsay and Helen Dewees Lindsay of Media. He has lived in Hartly, De, since 1992. Previously he resided in Brookhaven, Pa, and Media, Pa. He worked as a Head Chief for many years at Riddle Memorial Hospital, Media, Pa before his retirement in 1992. He served for many years with the Media Boys and Girls Club. He also volunteered for several years with the Delaware State Police at Troop 3, which he was very proud of. He was a US Army Veteran and served in Korea for 2 years. He was also a drill instructor with the US Marines for 10 years. He was survived by his loving wife of more than 28 years, Joyce (Be Vier) Wall-Lindsay of Hartly, De. He was the step-father of Kenneth (Cecilia) Wall, Newark, De, and Bruce (Patty) Wall, Newark, De. He was the brother of Mary Marcus and Helen Sharp, both of Waynesboro, VA. He was the grandfather of Crystal and Zoey. All services are private. Memorial donations can be made in Mr. Lindsay’s name to Hartly Ambulance Fund, c/o Hartly Fire Department, PO Box 28, Hartley, De, 19953 or Delaware Hospice, DE Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, De, 19947 for all of their support during the illness Interment- a private interment will take place in Media Cemetery, Media, Pa. Arrangements were made by Bateman Funeral Home, Brookhaven, Pa Friends may offer condolences via www.batemanfuneralhome.com
Whether legend or fact, most people - especially patients - have a lousy opinion of the food mass-produced by the average hospital.
Not, however, the patients who were forced to spend any time at Riddle Memorial Hospital, in Media, in the '80s.
Clifford L. "Hap" Lindsay, the head chef in those years, took special pride in turning out tasty meals even while adhering to the rigid recipes institutional cooks must follow.
Every summer, Hap also produced an outstanding corn chowder for the annual Riddle fair. A modest sort, he didn't brag about his culinary skill, but the lines at his booth told the story.
Hap Lindsay, who also worked many years for supermarkets and as a printer in a work life that actually began at the age of 12, died Thursday after a long illness. He was 75 and lived in Hartley, Del., but had lived most of his life in Media.
Hap, as he was always called by family and friends, was born in Media to Clifford L. and Helen Dewees Lindsay. His father, also known as Hap, was a well-known figure in Media as a longtime police officer. His mother was long active in the Media Fire Company Auxiliary and often marched in parades.
When Hap was about 12, World War II had taken away the cream of the nation's work force and employers were desperate for help. Hap's mother worked behind the dairy counter at an Acme market in Media and got her son a job there.
After graduating from Media High School in 1951, he continued working in the produce departments of other Acme Markets in Media and elsewhere.
He served in the Army in the early '50s, stationed in Germany.
He later worked as a compositor for a printing shop in Newtown Square before going to Riddle Hospital.
While living in Media, Hap was active with the Boys Club and played sandlot sports, especially, his favorite pastime, basketball. He continued playing pickup games at playgrounds in and around Media into his 50s.
"If it was one-on-one, Hap always beat me," said longtime friend Harvey Martin. "He taught me to be a good loser."
Hap also was a skilled ping-pong player - he had a table in the basement of his Media home.
Hap's first marriage to Mary Reese, of Media, ended in divorce. In the early '80s, he married Joyce Wall. They lived for a time in Brookhaven, Delaware County, and moved to Delaware in the early '90s.
While living in Delaware, he was an active volunteer with Delaware State Police Troop 3. He traced the registrations of confiscated weapons and performed other clerical duties.
Hap had an ironic sense of humor that often was displayed to his friends in the form of long accounts of injustices done to him by store clerks, utility representatives and others whose job, at which they failed miserably in his eyes, was to help people.
"Hap worried about almost everything and complained about almost everything," Harvey Martin said, "but he did it in such a way that you couldn't help laughing your head off."
Hap also had a flair for the dramatic and during basketball games he would sometimes flop down on the ground with some real or imagined injury and writhe around a bit before making a miraculous recovery and continuing the game.
He was a fierce competitor, which some fellow players thought led him occasionally to his own interpretation of the rules, but, as Harvey said, "Hap didn't like to lose."
Besides his wife, he is survived by two stepsons, Kenneth and Bruce Wall; two sisters, Mary Marcus and Helen Sharp; and two grandchildren.
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