Thomas Sinclair

Thomas John Sinclair

1939- 2008


It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Tom on March 14, 2008.


Tom is predeceased by his father John (Papa) Sinclair. He will be lovingly remembered by his mother Ina (Nana) Sinclair, daughters Rosanne and Lala (grandson Lester), former wives Pam and Marjorie, brothers and sister Bernard (Rone), Rosalie (Tom) and Charles (Linda), several nieces, nephews and their families.


Tom was born in Lethbridge, Alberta on September 18, 1939. Shortly after, his family moved to Bevan where Tom spent the next fifteen years. His family then moved to (what Tom referred to as) “the big city of Cumberland” where he graduated high school in 1957.


As a young adult, Tom worked in the Campbell River Mill for nearly 10 years until he felt he needed a new challenge. He attended the University of Victoria, became a teacher and subsequently taught in Victoria, the Philippines, Quesnel and Vancouver. In later years, Tom was sought out for his technical writing and researching abilities working on the 1997 Royal Commission on Workers’ Compensation in B.C. and the 1998 Barrett Commission.


Tom is a true free spirit – he loved nothing more than to laugh, tell jokes, talk to anyone who would listen (including the unsuspecting door to door solicitors who inevitably got more then they bargained for!) and most of all, brag about his two daughters. His adventurous spirit led him to many countries. No bus tours for Tom – it simply wasn’t his style. A motorcycle, a map and an open-mind was all he required. Nearing 70, Tom was still planning his next motorcycle adventure. Tom spent his final year in Gold River surrounded by family and friends who loved him and a community that embraced him as one of their own.


A grave side service will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, April 5, 2008 at the Cumberland Cemetery, followed by a tea at the Cumberland Cultural Centre (OAP Hall) from 1pm to 3pm.


I love you Dad. Written by Roseanne.