Timothy John Lingard ("Tim"), of Greensboro, devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, brother, son-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle, and dear friend to many, passed away surrounded by family on Thursday evening, February 4th after a long struggle with cancer.
Tim was born on March 18, 1954 in Louth, United Kingdom to Eric and Nettie (Brader) Lingard. He had a long and distinguished career in the packaging industry. In his late teens, he began his professional career as a machine operator for the British packaging company, LinPac, Inc. He was very dedicated to his career and eventually worked his way up to management positions. In 1981, he relocated to the United States, working in Sales in Atlanta and later as Sales Manager in Dallas. He was promoted to General Manager for the Greensboro LinPac division, where he worked for 22 years. Tim built deep relationships with both co-workers and customers and was well-loved by all who knew him professionally. He most recently served as General Manager of Sales for Grief, Inc and has been with them for 12 years.
Concerned with the growing environmental issues plaguing America’s landfills, Tim turned his energies towards actively doing something about it. Tim was ahead of his time with respect to recycling. He interested senior management at LinPac in the idea of spreading the recycling ethic. He created and co-authored the Timothy Glean children’s book series which taught children the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. His wish was to get kids thinking at an early age the importance of protecting the environment. Tim personally traveled to various schools throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia introducing Timothy Glean to young children. LinPac then set up two companies, Glean Publishing, to develop and market the series and Somerset Fiber, a paper recycling mill in South Carolina.
Tim enjoyed playing golf, fishing, and spending time with his family and many friends. He made time for family whether it was traveling to Atlanta to visit his son and step-daughter, attending his daughter’s many track and cross country meets and horse shows, or taking his father-in-law to breakfast every Saturday morning and afterwards driving to Virginia to buy the "winning" lottery tickets. His famous mashed potatoes at family holiday gatherings were legendary. Tim always kept people laughing and in good spirits. If anybody ever needed anything, they could always count on Tim to come through.
Tim was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Dr. Lisa Jo Adornetto of Greensboro, his son Eric of Atlanta, Georgia, his daughter Kaitlyn of Greensboro and her fiancé Jason Chubbuck, his step-daughter, Shannon Dixon and her husband Robert of Atlanta, Georgia, his granddaughter Kayla, step-grandchildren Zoey and Elliot, two brothers James Lingard of Hastings, UK and Mark Lingard of Louth, UK, his mother-in-law, Linda Adornetto, and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his faithful and loyal fur companion, Riley.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, February 19th at St. Pius the Tenth Catholic Church in Greensboro with Monsignor Anthony Marcaccio as celebrant. Masks are required and funeral COVID- 19 pandemic guidelines will be observed.
Donations in Tim’s loving memory can be made to Mr. Timothy Lingard, C/o Duke University Health Adult Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinic, 300 West Morgan Street
Suite 1200, Durham, NC 27701
Tim passed away on World Cancer Awareness Day. Awareness is important. But, more importantly, take action and help fight this disease by donating to a reputable charity, help a family by taking them a meal or helping with errands, or provide an individual with emotional support. We can all do something, Godspeed, Mate!
And in Tim’s honor, he would want everyone to have a cold one in his memory.
Forbis ad Dick Funeral Home is serving the Lingard/Adornetto family. To share memories and condolences with Tim’s family, please visit www.forbisanddick.com