Lindsay Kirkwood, 1959 – 2002
The piping and drumming world at large was shocked at the sudden passing of Lindsay Kirkwood of St. Catharines, Ontario. Lindsay died at the St. Catharines General Hospital on Monday, December 9, 2002. He was 43 years old.
Lindsay was an outstanding solo and band piper from an early age wining many amateur events before moving up into the open solo class. He was also a solid member of several Grade 1 and Grade 2 bands in the Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario circuit, including Erskine, Waterloo Regional Police, Clan MacFarlane, Metro Toronto Police, 78th Fraser Highlanders and, most recently, Peel Regional Police. He was the last Pipe-Major of the Clan MacFarlane Pipe Band.
His uncle, John Kirkwood Sr., and father, Jim Kirkwood, were long time members of Clan MacFarlane during the 1960s and ’70s. In recent years Lindsay had been active as an instructor and piping judge.
Lindsay is survived by his mother, Betty, his brother, Graham, and sister-in-law, Trish, both of the Peel Regional Police Pipe Band. He also leaves his wife, Kim, daughter, Jenna, and stepchildren Alicia, Adam, and Ryan.
On behalf of pipers and drummers everywhere, we extend our condolences to Lindsay’s family and to his many friends around the world.
Submitted by Ron Bowen.