John Jacob Astor Lindsey

ELLSWORTH - John Jacob Astor Lindsey, 85, passed away March 20, 2013, at his home with his wife and family by his side. He was born Jan. 10, 1928, son of Byron and Vivian (Whalen) Lindsey.

John was a dedicated worker, wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was said by many to be the best heavy equipment operator around, always requested for special jobs. He worked construction for many years for Harold MacQuinn and Bill Peasley. In his early years he worked as a woodsman in mills around the state with horses, chainsaws and equipment. His greatest joy was spending time with his wife and family. He enjoyed his pets, bird watching, and operating his plow truck and grader. He loved country music, going dancing, and spending time at family gatherings with his large extended family. John was the last of his siblings. He was loved by all who knew him and will be sadly missed. We hope they have lots of good country music in heaven, John.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Virginia; daughters, Astor Gillis and husband, Robert, and Andra Farrell; son, Terry Lindsey; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Drew Church and partner, Christine, and their sons, Lucas and Logan, Darrin Church and partner, Wendy, and his children, Darrian and William, Lorna Chick and husband, Bruce, and their sons, Johnathan and Ethan, Janelle (Goodwin) Jones and husband, Carter, and their sons, David, Brian, Andrew and Cody, Melissa (Farrell) Wilmot and husband, Chad, and their children, Rhett and Reeve, and Shauna (Lindsey) Fowler-Hisler and husband, Raymond, and her son, Edward Fowler; great-great-grandson, Noah Fowler; stepgrandchildren, Lorrie (Farrell) Murphy, Stephen Brenton, Michelle (Brenton) Novak and John Gillis; several great-stepgrandchildren; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; son, John Jay Lindsey; infant granddaughter, Carrie Ann Lindsey; special son-in-law, Laurence Farrell Jr.; mother-in-law, Alma King; brothers, Steven and Harold Lindsey; and sisters, Mary Sturgill, Alice Patterson, Sadie Murphy, Margaret Hudson and Marylin Moon. The family thanks Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and staff, Hospice of Hancock County, and Collier's Nursing Home and staff for their excellent care throughout the last few months.

Calling hours will be held 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth, where a funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Monday, March 25. Interment will be at a later date. Contributions in John's memory may be made to Hospice of Hancock County, 14 McKenzie Ave., Ellsworth, ME 04605; or SPCA of Hancock County, 141 Bar Harbor Road, Ellsworth, ME 04605. Condolences may be expressed at

Published in BDN Maine on Mar. 22, 2013