1955 – 2019
Thompson – Joseph J. Lindley, 63, of Hill Rd., passed away October 25, 2019, in Massachusetts General Hospital after a long battle with a heart condition. He was the loving husband of Suzanne (Tellier) Lindley. Born in Bossier City, Louisiana, he was the son of Joseph and Maureen (Patterson) Lindley.
In Joe’s own words, “Joe lived with his wife and best friend of 43 years, Sue. His two sons, Sean & Jonathan both live in CT. Some of his past accomplishments include being an Army Officer serving most of his 11 years as a Combat Engineer, published six books, three about local forgotten war heroes. The others involve coaching youth athletics. Joe’s two favorite sports are baseball and basketball. He had 25 years of experience coaching the two sports, ranging from little league to the high school level. He spent 18 years of his professional life at C & M Corporation where he started as an Engineering Manager and worked his way up to the President of the Special Products Division. He held a B.S. in Concentrated Studies (Business and Youth Counseling) and an M.A. E.D. in Adult Education and Distance Learning.” Joe was an amazing person with incredible stories that he was excited to share.
Joe was also involved in many community organizations, including the Thompson Historical Society, Tourtellotte Memorial High School Alumni Association, Board of Education, Juvenile Review Board, and Board of Trustees for the Tourtellotte Trust.
In addition to his wife, Joseph is survived by two sons, Sean Lindley of Putnam, CT, Jonathan Lindley and his wife Jessica of Wallingford, CT; four sisters, Kathy Weidman and her husband Richard of Moon of Wayne, PA, Pat Chadbourne and her husband Chad of Glen Rose, TX, Karen Lindley of Lancaster, SC, Donna Butterworth and her husband John of Monroe, NC; and many nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Joseph’s family from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019, with a funeral service at 1:00 p.m. in the Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St, Putnam, CT. Burial to follow in East Thompson Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Thompson Historical Society, P.O. Box 47, Thompson, CT 06277 or to the Tri-Town American Legion Baseball Program (TTALB) P.O. Box 123, Putnam, CT 06260-0123. For memorial guestbook visit www. GilmanAndValade.com.