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Rest in peace Lindsay
02/04/2010 14:07:00


This morning, my Council colleague, campaign manager and very good friend Lindsay Frost passed away.

Lindsay was a hard-working councillor in Ashburton and had recently been promoted to the Cabinet with responsibility for adult social services. But I will remember him most as a tireless and committed campaigner.

Back in December 2007 when Andrew Pelling announced that he didn't wish to stand for re-election, Lindsay and I - along with 100 other people - applied for the vacancy. We both got through to the final four and I narrowly pipped him at the post. Most people in that situation would have said to themselves, "If they don't want me as their candidate, they can find someone else to do all the leg-work" but not Lindsay. He devoted the last 25 months of his life to trying to get me elected. In all that time, until his recent illness, he only missed one canvass session.

At the moment, many people feel that politicians are only in it for themselves - understandable in the case of MPs given recent events. But there is a whole other side to politics - tens of thousands of people who give their time for free without any prospect of financial reward, stuffing envelopes, delivering leaflets, knocking on doors. They do it because they care about the place they live and our country and they have strong views about how it could be a better place. Lindsay was a titan among such people. I sit here writing this and think of the hundreds of hours he spent trying to get me elected that he could have spent with his family or at work or listening to his beloved Peter Gabriel and I feel both guilty and humbled.

I have so many memories - the car that parked itself, the competition to find poster sites and deliverers, the nicknames for members of the team, above all the way in which every time he sought to make the back-breaking work of pounding the streets fun.

In a few days' time, the council election campaign will get underway and Gordon Brown is expected to finally announce the General Election. No-one in Croydon Conservatives is going to feel like going out campaigning, however, because we have lost one of our best. But we will do it because that is what he would want. The last serious conversation I had with him was on Wednesday night and he was absolutely determined to get well and to be there at the count on 6th May and see us win. For me, this campaign has taken on a new significance.

I will miss Lindsay's support, his advice and most of all his friendship. But my loss is trivial next to that of his wife Kerri and his young children Holly and Dominic, to whom he was absolutely devoted. I posted this because as they grow up I want them to have a record of what kind of man their Dad was. I invite those of you who knew him to add your own memories.

Rest in peace my dear friend.

PS In case you're wondering the picture was taken at the end of a delivery session in West Thornton ward (which isn't even in Croydon Central for pity's sake!) that took place during a blizzard. We're both smiling because even delivering leaflets in the freezing cold is ok when you're doing it with your friends...

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On 02/04/2010 15:22:00 Jeet Bains wrote:
Dear Holly and Dominic

Your Dad was a tireless campaigner, a character and had a way of connecting with people, particularly on the doorstep. More importantly, I remember seeing the glow of love and pride on his face when he saw the two of you running around Gavin's garden at a function there last summer. I have two young children of my own and really feel for you. I hope you take some comfort from knowing that your father was a man of honour and devoted to you both.

Jeet Bains

On 02/04/2010 15:35:00 Ian Sanderson wrote:
I have only met Lindsay a dozen or so times, so it must say something about him and the impression he made that I am completely saddened to hear this news. Lindsay always showed real enjoyment of campaigning and total dedication to the Conservative Party and he was one of those people who, in turn, could get other people to go that extra mile because they would do for him something they might not do for others. Gavin's comments about Lindsay's response to the result of the selection contest sums up the thorough decency and positive outlook that characterised Lindsay. My sympathy goes out to Kerri, Holly and Dominic. And although in the scheme of things, it seems relatively small, a Conservative victory in Croydon Central will be a wonderful tribute that I am sure Lindsay will appreciate.
On 02/04/2010 15:42:00 Mike Fisher wrote:
Today is a very sad day for me and everyone who knew Lindsay. I liked Lindsay from the very first time I met him. Over the years we became very good friends and we shared a sense of fun and an ability to laugh at ourselves.

I remember his enormous pride in his family and his stories about how well Holly was doing at Croham Hurst and Croydon High. I also remember his great happiness when his son Dominic was born.

Lindsay loved his life and enjoyed every aspect of it. His enthusiasm for all things political, even delivering leaflets, was infectious. He worked tirelessly for the Conservative cause

and was over the moon when he was elected to the Council in 2006. I had the great pleasure and honour to work with him and was delighted to be able to promote him into the Cabinet after only 3 years on the Council.

He was a loyal, decent and honest man who I trusted and respected. I spoke to him only yesterday evening and he was keen to get better as soon as possible and win the forthcoming elections. I will miss our regular chats and

the laughs we shared. Rest in peace my good friend.

On 02/04/2010 15:50:00 Adam Kellett wrote:
I was already missing him these past few weeks while he was forced to rest. When I spoke to him last I told him that we all wanted to see the old Lindsay back; energetic, efficient and at times a little irascible. It is devastating to think that the old Lindsay will not be back.

No one person can replace Lindsay, he did the work of many. Let us dedicate our efforts to his memory.

Rest in peace.

On 02/04/2010 16:17:00 Tim Pollard wrote:
Lindsay was a wonderful man and a great friend. Nothing was ever too much trouble for him; everybody who knew him knew that he would always do everything in his power to help you, whatever your problem might be.

As a leading light in Croydon Conservatives' campaigning, he always led by example. Come rain or shine, Lindsay was always out there, doing as he hoped others would do. And, oddly enough, they always did! But there was a lot more to Lindsay than local politics. He was always great company, funny, eloquent and with a keen sense of the ridiculous.

All his friends in Croydon will miss him enormously. Without his irreverent humour, council and Party meetings will never be quite the same again. Our hearts go out to his family and, especially, to his young son who will only have hazy memories of the great man who was his dad.

Rest in peace Lindsay, we will all miss you enormously.

On 02/04/2010 16:33:00 Tony Pearson wrote:
Lindsay will be missed by all. His enthusiasm was infectious and his workrate second to none. As Chair of the Marginal Wards Committee he has been instrumental in the progress we have made in Croydon. He was always ready with a smile and a word of encouragement whenever anyone wondered about our potential. His wise counsel and sense of humour marked him out as a genuine person, a real gentleman. I will miss his support and my sympathies and thoughts are with his family. We have lost a friend, his family have lost their rock. You are in my prayers.
On 02/04/2010 16:40:00 Steve O'Connell wrote:
This tragic news today has hit me and so many others like a steam train. Like a multitude of others I had the honour of working the doorstep with Lindsay, but could never match his energy and pure zest. he was a friend and a support during my campaign and i will forever be indebted to him. my favourite memory was when he called at my house about 3 years ago. my teenage son met him then for the first time. ''what a cool guy that Lindsay is'' remarked Ben, in distinct unfavourable comparison with his father. my thoughts are with Kerri, Holly and Dominic. your dad was a great champion for Croydon, a friend to so many, and truly a cool guy. Rest in Peace. Steve.
On 02/04/2010 17:16:00 Clare Hilley wrote:
I first met Lindsay when I was about to go to Lancaster University and he gave me lots of tips about where the best places to visit were as he also went there as an undergraduate.

We spent countless days and nights out campaigning together and he was always in good spirits and got on so well with everyone. I have fond memories wandering through the snowstorms of Waddon with him last year and have always valued his friendship.

Above all, Lindsay was a decent, honest family man who adored his wife Kerry and his children Holly and Dominic. May God bless him and may he rest in peace.

On 02/04/2010 17:20:00 Peter Spalding wrote:
I've just heard the sad news that Lindsay passed away this morning. He was a good and decent man - and a very very hard working local Councillor. Both my wife and I must raised at least a dozen local issues with him and I know that he took them all on board and did his very best to resolve them. We liked him, we respected him and we will miss him very much.
On 02/04/2010 17:23:00 Andrew Kennedy wrote:
I am truly shocked at this sad news.

I saw Lindsay late last year, shared a few drinks and talked about what might have been. He was shortlisted for Chatham & Aylesford in 2005 and narrowly missed out on a place in the final because one of the old dears on the selection committee had been a passenger on a cruise ship where Lindsay was Cruise Director and had taken a disliking to something he had said or done! We laughed about the cruelty of fate. There was no bitterness and he still came to Kent to help us campaign on many occasions.

It is a sad sign of how "tied-up" we all our in our own constituencies and campaigns that I had not even heard that he was ill.

My thoughts are with his family.

On 02/04/2010 17:35:00 Mark Johnson wrote:
I'm really not sure what to say as I'm still in shock but I will do my best.

I last saw Lindsay out canvassing in Woodside last weekend. He was the happiest I have seen him in a long time. He told us all so many times how happy he was to be out canvassing after a couple of difficult months for him. He told me that he had reevaluated his whole life over the last six weeks and was looking forward to getting stuck in to the campaign and living life to the full. We were all so glad to see him back doing what he enjoyed, campaigning.

I remember the trip to Norwich for the by-election up there. As soon as we left London he started moaning. "Not an Indian Take-away or cinema in sight", "why would anyone want to live out in the middle of nowhere". He was convinced that Norwich wasn't a real place and that no one would want to live there. He gave me (and everyone else) a lesson in 'real music'. His eclectic taste in music ( I had never heard of Peter Gabriel until I met Lindsay) was well known. As was his love for his family and the pride that he felt in his children's achievements. He loved his family so much and I can't begin to imagine how much of a loss he will be to them.

Lindsay was the Councillor that I most admired. If I can be just one tenth of the councillor (and the man) that Lindsay was then I will be one of the best in the country. He served his community (and his ward) with distinction. He was greatly admired by everyone that met him. My only regret is that I didn't take more time to get to know him. I count him as a friend and I'm sure that we could have become even better friends if given the chance.

I will miss him a great deal, as will we all.

Lindsay. Rest in Peace.

(I hope I didn't babble on too much)

On 02/04/2010 18:11:00 Maria Garcia wrote:
Lindsay and I used to joke all the time when out canvassing in Addiscombe. I called him The Doctor because of his scarf and hat that reminded me of Doctor Who. He will be sadly missed. I know how hard he worked for us all and at times too hard. He was endlessly energetic and although these last few weeks he has not been well I fully expected him to come back fighting. My deepest sympathy goes to his family particularly his children.

Rest in peace.

On 02/04/2010 19:43:00 Helen Pollard wrote:
It's hard to believe that Lindsay has gone. Only a few weeks ago we were canvassing together in Upper Norwood and, as we went along we talked about our children. It was clear that Lindsay adored Holly and Dominic and was pround of their achievements. Lindsay leaves a huge hole in the Conservative Group - he was an excellent councillor, campaigner and cabinet member. He will be especially missed during council meetings which will be a lot less colourful now he is not there.

My thoughts are with his family - I can't begin to imagine what they are going through, but I hope it is some comfort to know how Lindsay touched the lives of so many people.

On 02/04/2010 19:49:00 janet marshall wrote:
Kerri heartfelt sympathy to you and the children. May Lindsay rest in peace.

Lindsay was a charming, handsome, younger man with a magical smile and an enormous sense of fun. He loved loud music and his enthusiasm for canvassing was limitless.

Holly, Dad was so proud of you when you were a beautiful bridesmaid in the chapel at the House of Commons.

Dominic when you were born Dad was so thrilled to have another man in the house, we all rejoiced.

His family and the success of the Conservative Party were his life. We mustn't let him down by not giving our all and more as he did in the coming weeks.

Kerri am Granny material if required. My prayers and thoughts are for you.

On 02/04/2010 20:46:00 Jason Cummings wrote:
Some people just stand out in a crowd and Lindsay was one of those! You never had to ask if he was there as he was always right at the centre of whatever was going on. I'm only involved today because when Lindsay knocked on your door his enthusiasm was so infectious you just had to join in. The only way I ever found where the canvass session were happening was looking for his car. Hard to believe he's gone.

Thanks Lindsay, you'll be missed.

On 02/04/2010 20:56:00 Robert King wrote:
This is terrible news, Lindsay was a hard working and diligent councillor and a tireless campaigner. He was a steadfast and loyal friend to me and to many others

I will miss his great sense of humour and his wise advice, without him, the world is a poorer place. My sincere condolences to Kerri, Holly and Dominic

On 02/04/2010 22:02:00 Richard Chatterjee wrote:
Lindsay was hugely proud of his family, he adored you. He loved you, and was a very positive person. He tried to defend time to be with you, and did his best to be with you. Yes, he loved music as well, and encouraged others to appreciate some of his favourite pieces. But his pride and joy were you, whose photos adorned his study and the special family ones by your front door.

He lived his life for things he believed in, for people he believed in. He had high standards. He could talk to anyone.

His hat…

Lindsay had indeed a sense of humour, such as ensuring that the former Labour MP for Croydon Central had enough of our literature.

On the penultimate visit to your home, he printed out and gave me his favourite fragment of a speech, that of President Teddy Roosevelt in 1910, known as ‘The Man in the Arena’:

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."

"Citizenship in a Republic,"

Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910


Lindsay was one such, a gladiator who made a difference. You will miss him as a father, as a husband, as a family member; we will miss him as a friend.

On 02/04/2010 22:13:00 Vidhi Mohan wrote:
Lindsay was my campaign manager during the Fairfield by election in 2005, and was truly superb. He was the reason I am now a Councillor. As Chair of the Fairfield branch committee he encouraged me to stand as a Councillor and always had words of praise and support. He true Conservative, a gentleman and a friend. He will be sorely missed. My heartfelt condolences to Kerri, Holly and Dominic.
On 02/04/2010 22:55:00 Ian Parker wrote:
Dear Holly and Dominic

Politics in Croydon will not be the same without your Dad. He broke the mould in so many ways. Will we ever find another character in politics like your Dad? I doubt it very much.

We remember his infamous canvassing map at Campaign Team meetings and the pride he took in supporting Gavin's campaign to become the Member of Parliament for Croydon Central. We will never forget his incessant desire for canvassers to glean as much information from residents on the doorstep. Will they display a poster, deliver leaflets, give you their e-mail address, join the Party? You didn't ask? "Go back and find out" he would say. We remember his insistence that our leaflets should be of such a thickness that they could contend with the most fiendish of letterbox bristles.

He helped to make politics for me and so many others more enjoyable with his tremendous sense of humour. His crude at times banter. His brilliant impersonations of political friends and foes. I, and others, will so much miss being the butt of your Dad's jokes and he of ours.

No one will come close to filling the huge hole left in the life of Croydon politics.

Your Dad talked so highly and proudly of you both and you are going to have to be so brave now for your own sakes and for your Mum's. That is what your Dad would have wanted. The best thing you can do is to achieve as much as you possibly can in your lives in the knowledge that, in doing so, your Dad would be even more proud of you than he was already. And whenever your Mum wants a big hug - give her one because that will benefit you all.

Ian Parker

P.S. Holly - Sophie says if you ever want to talk to her or a shoulder to cry on - her door is always open.

On 03/04/2010 06:24:00 Eddy Arram wrote:
Today is a sad day as I have lost a friend and a good ward colleague. Ashburton ward Councillors, Lindsay, Avril and I were a team - a single unit. We have now lost a key part of that unit. Lindsay was always there for ward constituents. He even started a second monthly surgery in St Mildred’s church for the benefit of those living in the west of the ward. In his four short years as a councillor he certainly left his mark.

Lindsay was a tireless worker and campaigner for the party. He had a wry and dry sense of humour which he put to good use at Council meetings.

Lindsay was very proud of his children and Holly and Dominic you can both be proud of your dad.

Although Lindsay will be a loss to all his colleagues and friends the greatest loss will be felt by his wife Kerrie and his children Holly and Dominic. Our thoughts are with you all.

Eddy Arram

On 03/04/2010 10:44:00 Ahzaz Chowdhury wrote:
I heard the news yesterday and have tried a couple of times to write something about Lindsay, but each time I've had to stop for all the memories of Lindsay came back. Lindsay was one of the first people I met in politics, he was the first person to ever take me out canvassing and he is the man who single-handedly taught me the art of campaigning. My career so far has been campaigning and it was Lindsay who set the foundations for it.

Over the past few years I've only occasionally seen him at events but he would make the point to come over, say hello and have a conversation with everyone. The last time I saw him was when he picked up an award at the National Campaign Awards. He was positively gleaming.

He is going to be such a loss to the Croydon Team and an even bigger loss to politics. Kids, never let anyone tell you differently - your father was an amazing man with boundless energy. Keep his memory alive by being the best you can be.

Rest in Peace.

On 03/04/2010 11:04:00 Des Wright wrote:
This is a sad Easter for me.

I am totally shocked.

Lindsay was my good friend. He would call into my studio regularly on his way to Council.

He was my political advisor.

My Heartfelt sympathy to Kerry, Holly and Dominic

Rest in Peace my Dear Friend

On 03/04/2010 11:20:00 John Cartwright wrote:
I was shocked and saddened to read of Lindsay's death yesterday. His loss is a reminder to us all that we only have a limited time in which to try to make the world a better place. I hope that his death will not adversely affect the campaigning and determination of your party in the forthcoming elections.
On 03/04/2010 12:12:00 Mark & Christine Joyce wrote:
To our dearest Kerri & Family

We are so upset to hear this sad news. Lindsay will alway have a special place in our hearts. We can only remember the great times we had together on the QE2.......all the World Cruises we did together, all the wonderful events, the special people that became part of the Cunard family. As father Bob Willing would say " if there is not a bar in heaven then he must think the job out again", We where so happy to have seen you when you and the family visited Florida some years ago, we new then that Lindsay was one of those "Special Dad's" one that would always be there for his family and friends. We will miss you Sir and have lost a great friend.

Mark Joyce

Musical Director QE2

On 03/04/2010 13:58:00 David Perlmutter wrote:
Kerri such shocking and horrible news.

I really enjoyed working with Lindsay on our ship. He was a talented and energetic and tireless worker and leader, and helped make the times memorable for us upon ships.

Huge hugs and thoughts and prayers to help for you and yours.


On 03/04/2010 15:35:00 Karl and Sara Bashford wrote:
Kerri, Holly and Dominic, our thoughts are with you at this very sad time. Lindsay was a great friend to both of us and will be sorely missed by everyone that knew him. The Council, canvassing sessions and social events will never be the same without his wit and humour. I hope you can take some comfort from the words that his friends have written which show how much he was liked and admired. We will miss you Lindsay.
On 03/04/2010 18:06:00 Robert Hughes wrote:
It is hard to know what to say. For me Lindsay was a fantastic Councillor and a great Campaigner. When I think of my first year of being actively involved with the Conservative Party I can’t think of one weekly canvass session where Lindsay, his distinctive hat and his car that parked it self was not there! He made canvassing fun and that’s not something easy to do when it’s freezing and raining! He was a man I admired not just for his Conservative values, which he put before self interest, but also his humorous and honest character and his devotion, overwhelming pride and love for his family. He was a man who represented the best of conservative values. Everyone dies, but not everyone lives and Lindsay lived life to the full.
On 03/04/2010 22:28:00 avril slipper wrote:
Lindsay's dedication to winning elections was legend. This afternoon's canvassing session, the first without him, was a sombre affair. We were all in a state of disbelief, half expecting Lindsay to drive up with music blaring, windows down, and fingers, drumming to the beat.

We will miss Lindsay's energy and motivation but that is nothing compared to the bereavement suffered by Kerri-Anne, Holly and Dominic.

Lindsay was justly proud of his family and especially Kerri- Anne. She was his tower of strength. Her constant support, loyalty and care meant so much to him and as he told me recently "we love each other to bits".

As the father of young children, Lindsay understood the importance of childrens' playgrounds in urban areas. He played an important role in planning the refurbishment of the playground in Ashburton Park. I very much hope that the playground can be named in his memory.

Lindsay you are already sadly missed.


On 03/04/2010 22:31:00 Michael Howard MP wrote:
I was very distressed to hear the sad news about Lindsay.

I knew him both through his dedicated work for the Party and as someone who worked for Saga, the biggest employer in my constituency of Folkestone and Hythe. He was a true friend and Sandra and I find it incredibly hard to believe that he is no longer with us.

Gavin has admirably captured the essence of Lindsay’s character in his tribute and I can only endorse what he has said.

We will all miss him greatly. Sandra joins me in sending our very sincere sympathy to Kerri and the children.

Michael Howard

On 03/04/2010 22:37:00 dudley mead wrote:
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Lindsay's untimely death yesterday. He had begun a promising career as a Cabinet Member on Croydon Council and was beginning to make an impression on Adult Social Care.

In addition he had recently agreed to join the board of directors of the London Mozart Players where he would have brought his extensive musical skills and contacts to the orchestra, which celebrated its diamond jubilee last year.

To Kerri, Holly and Dominic it is so sad that your husband and father has been taken from you in such an untimely way. Do be proud of what Lindsay achieved.

On 03/04/2010 23:11:00 Margaret Mead wrote:
I was so shocked to hear the very sad and tragic news. Lindsay will be greatly missed by all who knew him. We cannot begin to imagine how Kerri-Anne and the family are trying to cope in their terrible loss. Our hearts go out to you at this very difficult time.

Ever since I first knew Lindsay he was always so cheerful and ready to laugh. He was so proud of you Kerri-Anne and the way you always supported him and was there for him. Holly he was so proud of all you have achieved and what you wanted to do and he was absolutely thrilled when Dominic was born. You were all so very special to him and he was always talking about you and saying how much you meant to him and how lucky he was to have you all.

As my deputy for Adult Social Care he was so supportive to me personally and readily took on roles. These roles increased considerably when he was appointed Cabinet Member last May, when I became Mayor, but this was something he readily took on with great commitment and enthusiasm as he really wanted to make a difference to improve people's lives.

Rest in peace Lindsay

On 04/04/2010 00:19:00 Matt Miller wrote:
I was sorry to hear of Lindsay's passing. I only met him a few times as I only tend to help the party out when there are elections coming up. Holly and Dominic can be very proud of him. He was a tireless campaigner with great enthusiasm who was a great asset to the party. He would have made a good PPC and I enjoyed hearing him speak at the PPC selection meeting at Shirley Parish Hall back in 2008.
On 05/04/2010 17:54:00 Jan Buttinger wrote:
Lindsay touched the lives of so many people - he will be so sadly missed.

I remember Lindsay in so many places in Croydon - in Fairfield, in Woodside, in Shirley, in Ashburton, in Addiscombe. I remember some of us sheltering under a tree in New Addington, last summer, hoping the rain would subside so we could knock on a few more doors. There was Lindsay, still with bags of energy, telling us all jokes, keeping our spirits up, encouraging us to carry on.

Kerri-Anne, Holly and Dominic, he so loved you all. He was very proud of you. Please be very proud of him.

Thank you, Lindsay.

May you rest in peace.

On 05/04/2010 18:48:00 Richard Ottaway MP wrote:
He was a loyal and trusted friend always ready with advice and a pithy (and frequently irreverent) observation on the current political scene. It is a great sadness that he won't be there for the culmination of Gavins camapaign which he has played such a part in.

Richard Ottaway

On 06/04/2010 09:05:00 Catriona Mackenzie wrote:
I am profoundly shocked about the news of Lindsay. I can't stop thinking about it in fact. I met him about half a dozen times canvassing and he always made me laugh, he was funny and upbeat. Last time I saw him it was about a year ago, I bought him a glass of wine in the Standard after an epic canvassing session in some really bad weather. I really liked him, he was a great person to be around. I feel bad that I didn't know him more.
On 06/04/2010 09:48:00 Richard Brundle wrote:
Kerri, Holly, Dominic

Lots of words will be said at this sad time but behind them is a huge feeling of dreadful loss to us all.

Lindsay was a truly lovely man whose absence from Croydon politics will be greatly missed. His dedication, determination and committment made some of us feel part-time by comparison. Many, many people will remember him with much affection for years to come. He will have left his mark on many lives.

On 06/04/2010 11:50:00 Steve Hollands wrote:
Such a shock to learn that Lindsay had passed away. Lindsay had such an enthusiasm for life especially with regard to his family. I remember Lindsay being so proud when he talked about Holly and new born Dominic. When Lindsay joined the Cabinet that enthusiasm followed him. He was so pleased to be have the platform to put forward Conservative ideas and have the opportunity to tackle the opposition with some great speeches but still retaining that sense of humour.
On 06/04/2010 22:16:00 Ndubuisi Anomelechi wrote:
I am in the United States at the moment, and have only just accessed my e-mail to read the tragic news that Lindsay passed away on Friday. This is such a terrible shock! He was such a Federation and ward stalwart and was a key part of a strong trio of councillors in Ashburton. There was hardly a week in which I did not come across Lindsay pounding the pavements somewhere in Ashburton or other wards, knocking on doors or delivering leaflets. Through his superlative campaigning skills, dedication and selfless hard work laced with a good sense of humour, he helped in no small measure, particularly given recent events, to inspire confidence in politicians and dispel any idea that they might all be self-serving.

He will be so, so sadly missed. My heart goes out to his family and my prayers are with them too.

On 07/04/2010 06:04:00 Roy Parkinson wrote:
Dear Kerri, Holly & Dominic,

It's taking a great deal of time to come to terms with losing Lindsay so suddenly.

Lindsay was a unique character with amazing talent, intelligence, imagination and flair.

I first worked with Lindsay, 23 years ago on QE2 and more recently, for the past 10 years with Saga Shipping and will miss, so much the banter and 'discussions' that were a part of our relationship.

My heart is heavy for you Kerri, Holly and Dominic, as you were his life and I can't begin to imagine the total devastation you must be feeling.

Lindsay was a very special person and will never be forgotten.

Cruise Director & Friend.

On 07/04/2010 08:53:00 David Aina wrote:
My Deep condolonces go to the family and friends of Lindsay Frost who I know was greatly respected amongst his peers at the council and I'm sure will be missed by the community within the Ashburton ward.

On 08/04/2010 13:12:00 Selva wrote:
By reading this tribute and comments I felt I should write few words about a man Croydon Conservatives loved for his fighting sprit. As a fellow conservative I pay my respect to 'Lindsay' that I will be walking with Gavin the extra mile needed to secure gavin4croydon campaign.

Your soul rest in peace.

On 09/04/2010 15:41:00 Terry Grourk wrote:
To Kerri and family, please take comfort from the knowledge that Lindsay was not just one of the hardest working activists in the Conservative Party in Croydon, but that he was an inspiration to others to join in and get involved in a cause for which he was truly passionate. He was a true friend. I shall miss his cheery words and ready smile. His last words to me were on how much he wanted to see Gavin elected in Croydon Central. Lindsay- we will not let you down.
On 13/04/2010 23:35:00 Commodore & Kim Warwick wrote:
Dear Kerri, Holly, and Dominic,

We are so saddened and shocked to hear this tragic news and wish you to know we have the best memories of sailing with Lindsay. He was always joyful, and I remember well his family interest in Cunard Line.

Sometimes, people will always be remembered for their outstanding contributions in whatever field they choose, and Lindsay is one of those that once met, will never be forgotten.

With deepest sympathy,

Ron and Kim Warwick

On 14/04/2010 23:25:00 George Filbey wrote:
Above all, Lindsay was an excellent manager and organiser of people. The reason he was so sucessful as a campaigner and a cabinet member was that he was a natural manager, not just someone who has done training. He was probably the best we have ever had in this field.
On 17/04/2010 08:01:00 Andy Tookey wrote:
Was shocked and saddened to learn the tragic news from Kerri today.

Lindsay was Best Man at my wedding (and Kerri best woman!) You could tell he had spent a long time in entertainment as he clapped at the end!

We spent many nights over even more many Miller's whilst on the QE2.

Having moved to NZ 13 years ago it was great to catch up when we came back to the UK for a holiday this past Xmas. Our first visit back in all those years.

It was also good to find that we have had parallel political interests with myself as Policy Chair for the local Conservative Party, so a good yarn we had on politics.

Apart from our hazy drinking days, one clear memory that still makes me smile (Apart from clapping at my wedding) is when one time Lins & Kerri took us to their local pub in London. It was a hot summer afternoon.

Some wasps took a liking to an empty beer glass and Lins captured them with another.

As more and more arrived he would try and see how many more he could capture in the glass,

then another glass,

then another...

Accidentally the glasses got knocked over and hundreds of angry wasps swarmed after their captor.

In the face of adversity but still trying to hang onto a glimmer of humour, he was running around trying to escape the swarm while shouting out loud to the other customers in the garden.


We'll miss his friendship and humour But won't forget him. I'll have a few extra beers for him tonight and remember the good times. I must have many crazy photos of us 2 somewhere, everyone of them will have us with a beer in hand.

On 07/05/2010 18:31:00 Sylvia Burton wrote:
So sorry to hear the sad news of lindsay's death. Rest in peace.
On 28/05/2010 06:35:00 Luke Clancy wrote:
Lindsay was the kind of guy who would always make time to hear what you had to say, he was always ready to listen, even if he disagreed with what you were saying.

Lindsay had heart, huge heart, and wasn’t afraid to share his feelings.

Lindsay’s passion for what he was doing, be it politics or anything else, was infectious.

Lindsay was a team player, and would put other's interests ahead of his own, and I respected him for that.

Lindsay stood up for what he believed in, never backed away from a fight and always defended his friends.

Holly and Dominic, these were the qualities I most admired in your Dad.




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