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Robert Sinclair

Image by Nick Andréka


June 19, 1922 - June 26, 2024

It is with deep sadness that we must observe the peaceful passing of our beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather on June 26, 2024, at the age of 102. Dad was predeceased by his adored wife Lena in 2000; his parents, Janet and James Sinclair; and six siblings.

The following is a Dad-approved summation of the life of a hardworking family man who loved to have fun.

We will have to make a long story very short, Dad grew up on the streets of Elmwood with his brothers and pals, providing him with lots of anecdotes to entertain us with. He voluntarily served our country overseas during WWII. He was a loving and devoted husband to his wife and our Mom Lena, the love of his life and constant companion during their 54 years of marriage.  

He supported his family working in the printing trade, rarely taking a day off over the decades.  He leaves three children, Roberta, James (Kathy) and Janet (Charley) Colatruglio; along with five grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren who loved and looked up to him and who, in the days when he was spry, delighted in his fun personality and silly jokes. He was admired by his extended family, nieces, nephews, family friends and everyone who met him even briefly - at his regular restaurants over the years, his slot machine dens, the Selkirk Legion and his favourite vegetable stands. You have to be pretty special to be liked and admired by everyone you meet. Then there was his reputation for being the life of the party, but we won’t tell tales.

Dad lived all these years as a loving, honourable, hardworking and fun-loving, congenial human being. He was always there for us when we needed his help. He was the very best, and we will miss him always.

Thank you to the caregivers who did their best to engage with him and keep him comfortable over the last few months of his life. He appreciated the care and attention he received at both the Grace Hospital and Deer Lodge Centre.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 2:00pm – 4:00pm on Wednesday, July 10, 2024, at 603 Wellington Crescent at Academy (Universal Unitarian Church). 

Robert’s family kindly requests that all of his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by watching the photo-biography above. Please, also consider sharing your own photos, memories, and stories by making use of the comment section on this page.


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July 18, 2024 at 5:01 AM

Uncle Bob was a favourite uncle of Bobs and mine and will be greatly missed. We had so many great visits with him and Bob would so enjoy it when he came to the Legion to hear the Gold Spots play. You,had a great life Uncle Bob, rest in peace.

Bob Staub

July 10, 2024 at 3:39 PM

My family and I have lived next door to the Sinclairs for over 30 years. How he put up with my brothers and I ...... He always had the time to chit chat with me over the fence when I came home for a visit. It is a sad day when good and honourable people leave us. A speedy journey Mr. Sinclair.

Tim Byers

July 8, 2024 at 12:36 AM

It is/was my pleasure and honour to have known Mr. Sinclair for a number of years. It was always a nice conversation, when running into him at the grocery store or the Selkirk Legion. He came to Selkirk with Harold and Mrs. Little on a fairly regular basis prior to Harolds passing. Always the Gentleman, with a quick wit and sense of humour. I always enjoyed his company, especially on Rememberance Day after the service at The Legion where I could buy a Proud Veteran a pint of beer and conversation. Totally indepentant past the age of 1oo. An inspiration to all! R.I.P. Mr. Sinclair.

Margaret Morton formally from Frontier Toyota

July 6, 2024 at 5:33 PM

I met Mr. Sinclair when he came into he dealership looking for a new car and I had the privilege to be his sales person. He was such a kind person. We became friends instantly. When he told me where he live, I told him that I grew up on Airlies St,he thought that as great. I ended up selling him a couple of cars. I was driving down Kildarick a couple of weeks ago and I wondered where he was. He was the sweetist person I had the oppertunity to know.

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