Celebration turns into a tragedy
COLIN Lindenmayer and his wife Elsie were celebrating their 62nd wedding anniversary on Valentines Day when tragedy struck.
He died in a car crash near Stanthorpe.
The couple was returning to their Stanthorpe home from a church service at Severnlea when Mr Lindenmayer’s car and a utility collided at the intersection of the New England Highway and Whiskey Gully Road at 9.20am.
Mr Lindenmayer, 87, was an ex-police officer, an avid gardener, and a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
Stanthorpe SES controller Max Hunter volunteered alongside Mr Lindenmayer in the SES for almost 20 years.
Mr Hunter said Mr Lindenmayer reformed the SES in 1982 after he retired from the police force.
He then retired from his position as local controller in 2002.
Mr Hunter described Mr Lindenmayer as “a person you could look up to”.
“His first love, after Elsie, was his gardening,” Mr Hunter said.
“He was a member of the garden club for years and you could walk around his garden for half a day.
“He took great pride in his home.”
Mr and Mrs Lindenmayer have one daughter and grandchildren.
“He always used to talk about them growing up. They are very gifted,” Mr Hunter said.
“Col had the gift of the gab — he could talk the leg off an iron pot.”
It was initially reported that Mr Lindenmayer had suffered a heart attack which caused him to crash.
However, Stanthorpe Police acting senior sergeant Tim Dachs said Mr Lindenmayer may have died after the crash from shock or a heart attack.
He was trapped in the driver’s seat and pronounced dead on the scene.
Mr Lindenmayer gave way to two vehicles before the collision.
His line of sight may have been blocked.
Mrs Lindenmayer, 84, suffered a broken pelvis and fractured ribs and was in a serious but stable condition at Royal Brisbane Hospital.
Ken Vickery, 63, was the driver of the Ford Falcon utility. He has since been discharged from hospital.