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Old Sep 19th, 2020, 02:21 PM   #1
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RIP "SINC" Don Sinclair

With the recent posting of obituaries on this forum, it strikes me that no obituary was ever formally and publicly posted for SINC, who passed away on June 21 at age 75. Don joined EhMac on Feb 16th, 2001 and continues to hold the record for the second highest number of posts. Don will be remembered for his many lively and friendly contributions here on any number of subjects, from nature to politics to humour. He will be missed he already is.

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Mr. Donald John Sinclair, of St. Albert, AB, died on June 21, 2020 at the age of 75. Don was born on June 25, 1944 in LaFleche, Saskatchewan. His parents, LT. F.J.W. and Mae Sinclair, moved Don to Swift Current where his sister Dianne (Martens) was born and the family settled. He graduated from Swift Current Collegiate Institute. In 1965, Don married Ann, and the couple had 3 children, Gregory, Crystal and Matthew. Don had originally wanted to be a veterinarian but while waiting for his acceptance letter to arrive he started his career in the newspaper industry. Don worked in several cities across the country and was an integral part of establishing the newspaper industry in Canada. In 1969 he joined Bowes Publishing Ltd. and went on to hold many positions including Pressman, Editor, Publisher, Group Publisher and Chief Operating Officer at several newspapers until finally settling in St. Albert, AB in 1988.

Don had a passion for nature, music and loved photography. He enjoyed road trips in his motorhome with his friends and family. He was a conversationalist and always had time to share a joke, beer or some friendly advice when consulted. He was also a classic car enthusiast and loved showing off his pride and joy - a 49' Ford Meteor. He was a big-time Saskatchewan Roughriders fan and loved his dog Ely who he affectionately called his "little buddy."

Don had a lifelong dedication to writing about challenging issues which he knew were important. He worked countless hours on his site (mybirdie.com) so his readers would become informed about the St. Albert community which he dearly loved. He cared, and he wanted you to as well. This was his platform to create dialogue, learn from and for others to gain different perspectives. It didn't matter if the opinions differed from his or not. He was always ready to engage in lively conversation and was never afraid to stir the pot. Don is loved and missed by his wife, Ann; children, Greg, Crystal, and Matt (Holly); grandchildren, Nick, Jett and Shiloh, great grandson Christian and sister; Dianne, inlaws, nephews, nieces and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Finlay and Mae. At Don's request, no service will be held.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the charity of your choice in Don's name.
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Old Sep 19th, 2020, 03:05 PM   #2
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With the recent posting of obituaries on this forum, it strikes me that no obituary was ever formally and publicly posted for SINC, who passed away on June 21 at age 75. Don joined EhMac on Feb 16th, 2001 and continues to hold the record for the second highest number of posts. Don will be remembered for his many lively and friendly contributions here on any number of subjects, from nature to politics to humour. He will be missed he already is.
Yes, he was like an older brother to me. Our main "hangout" was the Shangri-La Clubhouse thread. I knew him in a virtual sense for 18 years. We did not always agree on political issues, but had common interests that forged our friendship. Our most heated debate was over which version of "3:10 to Yuma" movie was the best.

I miss our early morning chats, either in The Shang thread or via PMs. I have been in contact with his wife, son and daughter, both before and after his passing. He shall be missed by many.

Paix, mon ami.
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Old Sep 19th, 2020, 07:36 PM   #3
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Don was a good man. Though we often disagreed, especially about politics, it was clear that he was passionate about the things he cared for and his own St. Albert newspaper. He will be missed.
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Old Sep 19th, 2020, 07:58 PM   #4
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Yes, he was like an older brother to me. Our main "hangout" was the Shangri-La Clubhouse thread. I knew him in a virtual sense for 18 years. We did not always agree on political issues, but had common interests that forged our friendship. Our most heated debate was over which version of "3:10 to Yuma" movie was the best.

I miss our early morning chats, either in The Shang thread or via PMs. I have been in contact with his wife, son and daughter, both before and after his passing. He shall be missed by many.

Paix, mon ami.

I am sure I would be totally friendless were I to limit my circle to those who agree with me on everything. Certainly conversations would be rather dull!

Don was one of my livelier online friendships, and that I view as a good thing.

He is sorely missed.
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Don was a good man. Though we often disagreed, especially about politics, it was clear that he was passionate about the things he cared for and his own St. Albert newspaper. He will be missed.
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I am sure I would be totally friendless were I to limit my circle to those who agree with me on everything. Certainly conversations would be rather dull!

Don was one of my livelier online friendships, and that I view as a good thing.

He is sorely missed.
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Don passed away? In June? That is really sad. I liked him. He was a good man and he helped me once when I really needed help.

I shall miss him.
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Don passed away? In June? That is really sad. I liked him. He was a good man and he helped me once when I really needed help.

I shall miss him.
We all shall. Paix, mon ami.
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Don was definitely a character that I will miss. Who can forget the pink bikini shirt picture? Haha! Not me. That's one that is burned into my retinas/brain forever.

He was mostly (snort) pleasant and intelligent to interact with, but he also didn't seem afraid to express his full opinion, including the occasional digital punch when he felt it was warranted. On the other side, like Tilt said, SINC was quick and generous with providing help to friends, including me, when we needed it.

I "met" Don through ehMac, but also got to know him somewhat through his St. Albert's Place (SAP) creation. We both enjoyed art, Jazz/Blues music and photography. Don was nice enough to send me a couple rare blues recordings for my listening pleasure. I was more than happy to share some of my photos (possibly some art too ) that I thought his SAP "Birdies" might be interested to see. Most recently, I was happy to provide to provide Don/SAP with some Canadian business operations information, yet another common interest.

Speaking of SAP, I always thought that Don's SAP was an amazing and impressive accomplishment - just how diligently and long he kept that site going for all his followers around the globe. Kudos to Don for that.

Having so many common interests and living only 3 hours away, I always intended to meet him for a coffee or beer in person one day, but unfortunately, I didn't make it happen before it was too late. My bad.

Cheers to Don, he is missed!
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With the recent posting of obituaries on this forum, it strikes me that no obituary was ever formally and publicly posted for SINC, who passed away on June 21 at age 75. Don joined EhMac on Feb 16th, 2001 and continues to hold the record for the second highest number of posts. Don will be remembered for his many lively and friendly contributions here on any number of subjects, from nature to politics to humour. He will be missed he already is.
Thanks for creating this thread Macfury.I think Don would approve and appreciate.
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