Born in Albany, Calif., on Aug. 8, 1949, Robert Frank Lindquist, Jr. lived most of his life in Livermore, Calif. After graduating from Granada High School, class of 1967, he attended University of Washington earning his degree in Microbiology. Upon graduation Rob joined the Navy serving as a navigator aboard the USS Gridley (DLG-21) and later as Operations Officer for Destroyer Squadron 13 out of San Diego. There he met and married Jo Anne Sheehan on March 12, 1977 in San Diego.
In 1977 Rob joined the photo staff of Alameda Newspaper Group where he worked for the next 31 years, first as a photographer, Director of Photography, and Managing Editor of Editorial Technology. A compassionate and calm newsroom leader, he was a colleague, friend, boss, and mentor to many Bay Area journalists.
In 2010 Rob bought and ran the J. Nelson & Company Allen Organ dealership. He spent his time, selling, fixing, and installing organs in homes, churches, and theaters around northern California. Organ music was a lifelong passion of his and for the last 10 years he was able to make it his third profession. A talented and passionate musician, Rob was the church organist at St. Michael in Livermore for nearly 20 years.
Rob was also a selfless and dedicated father to Travis and Shannon and loyal husband of 42 years to Jo Anne. His curiosity, cleverness, and eagerness to fix any problem large or small will always be remembered, but more so his sharp intellect, cheesy humor, and gentle demeanor.
Rob is preceded in death by his parents Robert Lindquist, Sr and Marilyn Lindquist. He is survived by his wife Jo Anne, daughter Shannon, son Travis, daughter-in-law Heather, grandchildren Beatrice, Charles, and John, and sisters Carol (Mark) Stoker and Laura (Colm Keenan) Lindquist, and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation and Vigil Service will be at St. Michael Church on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at 11 a.m. Reception to follow. Burial will be at St. Michael Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers Rob has requested donations be made to either of these charities:
1. Fr. Poon Endowment Fund for Catholic Education payable to: St. Michael School, 345 Church St., Livermore, CA 94550
2. Shepherd’s Gate: 1660 Portola Ave., Livermore, CA 94551