William Ernest Sinclair
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William Ernest Sinclair Born Mar 23 Died June 27 2015 SINCLAIR, William E. Born - March 23 1928

It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of our dear father, William (Bill) Sinclair, 87 years of age, of Halifax born in the farming community of Goshen Guysborough Co. Nova Scotia, on June 27, 2015 at the Halifax Infirmary Hospital, QEII. After graduating from Dalhousie University, Halifax in 1954 Bill and his loving wife Jean moved their young family to Ottawa (Bells Corners) where Bill joined the Federal government. In 1973, Bill transferred into Canada's Foreign Service where he began a long and successful career as a Canadian diplomat with senior postings in London, Hong Kong and Georgetown Guyana, where he served honorably as Canada's Ambassador.

Proud of country, his Scottish heritage, and family he was a valued leader in the Sinclair Clan Association of Canada, serving on its Executive including several years as its President.

Bill is predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Jean Patricia Sinclair, his parents John and Nellie, brothers Andrew, Harold(Mina) and sister Jesse. He is survived by his brother Jack(Gladys) and many nieces and nephews.

He will be greatly missed by sons Scott (Aud-Inger) Halifax, Ian(Alison), Toronto and Robert(Cynthia),Hong Kong, grandchildren Elise, Tomas, Sebastian, Nathaniel, and Rosslyn and great-grand daughter, Ruby.

Through his work and travels he has touched many lives and garnered many dear friends.

Cremation has taken place. A funeral service and celebration of the life of William Sinclair will be held at the Bethany United Church, Clinton Street, in Halifax on Saturday, July 18th at 11am. Burial will be at the Goshen Cemetery, Guysborough County on Sunday, July 19th.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.

"How powerful a presence is his absence."

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Published in Ottawa Citizen on Jul. 14, 2015.
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April 25, 2016
Terry and I share the very great sorry at the loss of Bill Sinclair. It was my very great pleasure to serve with Bill and Jean in Guyana. Bill and I shared a Guysborough County heritage: he from Goshen, and I from Drum Head/Seal Harbour. Go well,Bill. I like to think we made a difference in the world.
Jim and Terry Fanning
July 20, 2015
Glen and I have fond memories of Bill Sinclair, leading us to clan Sinclair celebrations. He and Jean opened their home for planning meetings and lent their support. We will miss him.

Glen and Jane Williams
July 15, 2015
Please accept my deepest sympathies. I have fond memories of what a kind man Bill was.
Christene Best
July 14, 2015
We are saddened to hear of Bill's passing. We remember with great fondness our time together in Hong Kong. While our paths did not cross often after Hong Kong when they did it was just as if we had just seen one another.

Our deepest condolences.
Betty Ann & Bert Cowan
Victoria, BC
Bert Cowan
July 14, 2015
Christine and I were saddened to see that you have lost your dad. We remember with great fondness the many happy times we spent with your mom and dad in Hong Kong. They were such great people and we shared many laughs and many professional challenges. We are so glad to have known them and we send you all our most sincere condolences.
Allen and Christine Kilpatrick
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