Vale Carl Lindner

A great friend to many and a true gentleman to all – the Barossa now mourns the loss of Carl Lindner.

The much respected gentleman passed away on Sunday, October 8, leaving behind his loving family, including wife Peg.

Mr Lindner, the founder of Lindner Group, Tanunda, leaves behind a legacy of developments which were both complementary and sensitive to the region's heritage.

For his close friend and early business partner Stuart Blackwell, winemaker and brand ambassador for St Hallett Wines, the news comes as a blow.

He describes his friend as both "visionary” and "generous".

Mr Blackwell said he became a partner with Mr Lindner and Barossa wine identity Bob McLean (who died in 2015) through St Hallett.

"He allowed me to become a shareholder and we also became partners in the land I now live on – he was extremely generous,” Mr Blackwell said.

“For me he ended up being a big chunk of my success.”

Mr Blackwell said Mr Lindner was active in reviving the Tanunda Football Club and his generosity extended to helping Mr Blackwell build his house with the loan of machinery to get the job done.

"He was also forever active and in his head, had ideas of all sorts for the community and for Carl.”

Mr Lindner was also instrumental in the Tanunda Foodland site development.

In 2015 the Barossa Herald reported how Mr Lindner had provided support to causes in the region including hosting a Jaguar Classic Car Rally at Seppeltsfield to raise funds for the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service in SA.

His gracious nature saw him loan the Jaguars from his personal collection for the rally.

The event raised an impressive $21,000.

“Carl has been extremely generous in helping us as well as supporting the helicopter service,” Westpac’s regional general manager of agribusiness Brad Higgins said at the time.

In response, Mr Lindner said he was proud to be involved with the event.

“It's just me doing my bit in promoting the Barossa Valley.”

In addition, Mr Lindner had a deep association with the Tanunda Club on Macdonnell Street, Tanunda, where in the early 2000s he helped to breathe new life into the historic establishment.

A private service will be held by the family to honour Mr Lindner's life.