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RIP Lindsay the Northbourne window washer

By Barcham - 8 November 2013 153

Lindsey

We just received this photo from Mattenager:

“I saw this memorial at the intersection of Northbourne Ave and Barry Dr last night. Having passed through these lights earlier that yesterday I noticed it wasn’t the usual squeegee guy working that corner. I was just interested if Lindsey was the well known fella who had been working this corner for years? He mightn’t have been the most approachable looking person but I can’t recall a time I drove through these lights that he wasn’t there. A bit sad if it was him I think as he had become a bit of an icon of Canberra really.”

He is correct, Lindsey was the man who worked that corner for years. We’ve have heard it from a few sources that say Lindsey has sadly passed away.

We don’t have any more details at the moment.

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153 Responses to
RIP Lindsay the Northbourne window washer
canberra_cath 10:57 am 08 Nov 13

And here come the trolls…
If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all.
There but for the grace of god, go I. Or you. Or anyone you know…

Pitchka 10:57 am 08 Nov 13

Anybody know what happened to his hot girlfriend, who used to sunbake under the tree in her bikini’s whilst hubby cleaned windscreens?

Ghettosmurf87 10:55 am 08 Nov 13

Roundhead89 said :

Proboscus said :

Take off your rose coloured glasses. At best he was a mediocre window washer.

Fact is he was a putrid junkie whose greatest achievement was somehow avoiding motor vehicles while he was affected by illicit substances.

The real tragedy is the Canberra Times wasting ink on such an insignificant POS while more deserving people, who contribute to the community, are overlooked.

Hear hear! Good riddance to bad rubbish. I used to hate approaching this intersection because this POS would always descend like a pack of vultures. It got to the stage where I began changing my route to avoid him. As for him being hailed “a true icon of Canberra” I call this the Mully effect. His death should be the cue for a crackdown on all windscreen washers and their eradication from our intersections once and for all.

What a mirthless human being you are.

For the most part the window-washers in canberra are a polite bunch, take no for an answer and don’t cause trouble unless someone is being a prick themselves. Sure, sometimes they wash your window when you say no, but they don’t ask for change when they do it. They’ve never raised an issue with me not paying for a wash when it was unsolicited and I’ve never felt guilty for not doing so.

Lindsey actually did my window the other week when I didn’t ask, insisting that it needed a clean, which it did, i had just been too lazy to get round to it myself. I paid him about $1.50 for his troubles and we both went on our way.

What is the real harm in them? No one makes you hand over your money to them. I’ve never seen them be nasty to anyone who wasn’t an A-hole first either.

Pitchka 10:53 am 08 Nov 13

midlife said :

I do not think anybody would choose to end up in his situation.

Taking drugs is a choice, so yes, he chose to end up in this situation..

midlife 10:45 am 08 Nov 13

Whatever you think of him as a junkie or the quality of his work at least he got off his bum and worked. I do not think anybody would choose to end up in his situation. He was honest and worked to support himself and his needs. He could have just turned to a life of crime to support his habit. Never pick on a person who has an addiction unless you have been there and properly understand the darkness of an addiction. Addiction is a bitch and some people cannot beat the bitch no matter how hard they try.

Zeital 10:43 am 08 Nov 13

I had wondered why I hadn’t seen him there for a bit. Sad.

Roundhead89 10:40 am 08 Nov 13

Proboscus said :

Take off your rose coloured glasses. At best he was a mediocre window washer.

Fact is he was a putrid junkie whose greatest achievement was somehow avoiding motor vehicles while he was affected by illicit substances.

The real tragedy is the Canberra Times wasting ink on such an insignificant POS while more deserving people, who contribute to the community, are overlooked.

Hear hear! Good riddance to bad rubbish. I used to hate approaching this intersection because this POS would always descend like a pack of vultures. It got to the stage where I began changing my route to avoid him. As for him being hailed “a true icon of Canberra” I call this the Mully effect. His death should be the cue for a crackdown on all windscreen washers and their eradication from our intersections once and for all.

Proboscus 10:31 am 08 Nov 13

Take off your rose coloured glasses. At best he was a mediocre window washer.

Fact is he was a putrid junkie whose greatest achievement was somehow avoiding motor vehicles while he was affected by illicit substances.

The real tragedy is the Canberra Times wasting ink on such an insignificant POS while more deserving people, who contribute to the community, are overlooked.

canberra_cath 10:30 am 08 Nov 13

Lindsey was a colourful character in a sometimes dull town, and a constant in a city that was always changing.
He was always so friendly, worked hard no matter the weather and on the few occassions I passed and he was not there I worried about him. He seemed to have a hard life, but I always got the impression he did the best he could with the cards he was dealt.
I did not ‘know’ him, and I send my genuine condolences to his friends and family he has left behind.
RIP Lindsey – I hope you know how many people cared.
I second PBO’s statement – forever more may it be known as Lindsey’s corner.

Pitchka 10:28 am 08 Nov 13

Drug OD?

Holden Caulfield 10:18 am 08 Nov 13
Barcham 10:18 am 08 Nov 13

Mattenagger said :

Thanks for posting Barcham. I think you forgot the pic though?

Dang it, there are people who don’t function that well in the morning, and then there’s me.

Image is up.

astrojax 10:16 am 08 Nov 13

saw this posted on fb this morning – sad [have given him a few coins over the time]

and i believe the op is correct – lindsEy but agree, renaming intersection might be appropriate

Mattenagger 10:12 am 08 Nov 13

Thanks for posting Barcham. I think you forgot the pic though?

PBO 10:02 am 08 Nov 13

I will miss Lindsay, as has already been said, he was a true icon of Canberra. I admired Lindsay simply because he had a great attitude despite obvious hardship. He was a friendly man who was approachable, always showed great manners and always had a genuine smile that could make even the most hard faced person grin in return.

I first came across the fine gentleman of the world in 2005’ish when he was a bit of a pioneer of his tradecraft in Canberra. I didnt have a coin or note on me but he still insisted that I have clean windows for safety’s sake. It was close to Christmas and I gave him what I had in my pocket (2 silly ciggies for the silly season), it must have made his day because I struck up a mateship there and then.

I admired how he was always busy working regardless of whatever nature was throwing about, he would take whatever mother nature had going on that day and he dealt with it and he kept on trucking with a smile on his face.

And now he is gone and there will be an empty place in Canberra that will never be the same.

I propose that the area should be from now on known as “Lindsay’s corner” because he really made it his place and we should recognise that fact.

R.I.P. Lindsay.

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