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Ernest Lloyd Lindsay, born on December 5th, 1942, in Browns Town of St. Ann, Jamaica, to Hortense and Sylvester Lindsay, peacefully passed away in Tampa, Florida. Affectionately known as Ernie to his family and friends, he was a devoted father, cherished friend, and beloved member of his community. Ernie's passing on October 3rd, 2023, has left a profound void in the hearts of all who knew him.
Growing up as one of thirteen siblings, Ernie shared a special bond with his brothers and sisters, fostering a close-knit relationship that brought them immeasurable joy throughout their lives.
After earning a BS in Electrical Engineering from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, Ernie embarked on a remarkable career as a launch engineer with Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan. His expertise and dedication were instrumental in shaping the designs of Ford's most iconic models, including the renowned Ford Explorer. Within the industry, Ernie's contributions were highly regarded, leaving an indelible mark on automotive engineering.
In 2010, Ernie retired to Valrico, Florida, following the successful development and distribution of his own organic hair care line across the United States. His entrepreneurial spirit and passion for innovation were evident in his work, leaving a lasting impact on the industry he so passionately served.
Beyond his professional achievements, Ernie was a proud family man who celebrated the accomplishments of his extraordinary family. He would enthusiastically share their achievements with anyone who would listen, often proclaiming that all Lindsays are “Stars”.
With his vibrant personality, Ernie effortlessly became the life of the party, spreading infectious laughter and warmth wherever he went. His presence was cherished by his community, and his zest for life made him a beloved figure to all.
In his leisure time, Ernie found joy in listening to God’s word, cooking delicious meals, dancing to his favorite tunes, and sharing jokes that would ignite fits of laughter. He possessed a competitive spirit and relished engaging in friendly games of dominoes and Jamaican “Ludi” with his loved ones.
Ernie leaves behind a lasting legacy as a loving and dedicated father to his six children: David Lindsay, Rodney Lindsay, Robert Lindsay, Brian Lindsay, BJ Lindsay, and Samantha Lindsay. Their bond and the memories they shared will forever hold a special place in their hearts.
In addition to his children, Ernie is survived by his lifelong friends Bernie Marshall, Joseph Maury, Hazel (Peggy) Lewis Lindsay, and Maureen Sievwright. These cherished friendships brought immense joy and companionship to Ernie throughout his life.
Ernie was preceded in death by his beloved mother Hortense, his father Sylvester, his brothers Wilfred Mumby, Kenneth (Gladston) Lindsay, Busha Lindsay, Vincent (Babba) Rumble and Melvin Lindsay, as well as his sisters Daisy Lindsay, Lynette Simms, Sylvia Hibbert, and Magdeline (Goody) Lindsay. However, he is survived by his two sisters Asinthia (Liz) Gordon and Alma (Norma) Blair, as well as his brother Noel (Norris) Lindsay. Ernie's extended family, including his nieces, nephews, and grandchildren, will forever hold his memory dear and find solace in the love and support they provide to one another during this difficult time.
As we reflect on the memories we shared with Ernest Lloyd Lindsay, known affectionately as Ernie, we are reminded of his boundless love, infectious laughter, and unwavering zest for life. His indomitable spirit will continue to inspire us all. May he find eternal peace.