April 8, 1944-August 18, 2013 Robert (Bob) Sinclair passed away on Sunday, August 18, 2013. He was born and raised in Winnsboro, S.C. Sinclair graduated from Mars Hill College, N.C., where he earned his Bachelors Degree in Music. He continued his education at Virginia Commonwealth University and Westminster Choir College, with a concentration in choral studies.
Sinclair and his family relocated to the Roanoke Valley in 1975, where he served as Organist, Director of Music & Fine Arts at Greene Memorial United Methodist Church. Guest artists in the Fine Arts Series included such luminaries as soprano Eleanor Steber and organist Marie-Claire Alain. In 1975, Sinclair co-founded The Southwest Virginia Opera Society (SVOS), which later became Opera Roanoke. He directed and conducted the orchestra for the Roanoke premier of Menotti's The Consul, which debuted in Jefferson High School's auditorium. He revered his time with SVOS as the high point of his career. Bob never met a stranger. He had the ability to see the very best in every person. His constant encouragement for fellow and upcoming musicians will be cherished for many years to come.
The family wishes to thank the staff of The Golden Living Center of Clifton Forge, Virginia, for the care and love they extended to Bob in his last years of life.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Opera Roanoke Foundation, in memory of Robert Sinclair. Contributions can be made online at www.operaroanoke.com
. A memorial service will be held at a future date in Roanoke.