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Veteran and founder of bearing distributor in BC dies at 90


Industry

November 11, 2015
By Bill Roebuck
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Gord Lindemere (family photo).

North Vancouver, BC – Gordon Lindemere, the founder in 1953 of a successful Delta, BC-based bearing and power transmission distributor, Industrial Equipment Company Ltd. (IECO), died earlier this year, MROmagazine.com has learned. Lindemere was CEO and president of the company for 49 years, establishing 19 branches across Alberta and British Columbia, as well as two fabrication and machine shops, and subsidiaries in the United States and South America.

IECO, which rose to become a C$35-million business, was named Power Transmission Distributor of the Year in the 1990s by Machinery & Equipment MRO magazine.

Lindemere sold the company in October 2002 to the Canadian subsidiary of Applied Industrial Technologies, Cleveland, OH, for about C$18 million.

He died in North Vancouver at the age of 90, on May 16, 2015, of natural causes.

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poppy1Lindemere was born in Meota, SK, as the youngest of five children to English parents. His first job, at age 15, was in a BC lumber mill. Later, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and trained as an aircraft mechanic. Before opening his own company, Lindemere worked at SKF Canada for several years. In 1944, he married Mae Midgley, and together they had four children and 10 grandchildren. They were married for more than 70 years.

The energetic Lindemere was a pilot, duck hunter, salmon fisherman, dog-lover, gardener and golfer, in addition to being a successful entrepreneur.

According to his granddaughter, Adrienne McChesney, writing in The Globe and Mail’s Lives Lived column, “Gordon led a well-lived life, and yet his successes did not give him airs. He would stand on the porch of his beloved cabin at Lang Bay, bare-chested and deeply tanned, in a pair of thread-bare shorts,” to welcome neighbours and share news. Visitors might be treated to a drink, she said. “Two ice cubes, two fingers of Ballentine’s, and a quick pass under the cold-water tap.”

Lindemere was a well-respected pioneer in the bearing distribution business and we did not want to miss the opportunity to recognize his life for others, who like us, might have missed the original news of his passing.