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SINCLAIRE, Don

April 27, 1935 – Glasgow, Scotland
January 14, 2015 – Okotoks, Alberta

Don Sinclaire of Calgary passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at the age of 79 years.

Don will be sadly missed by sons Stephen (Joanne) and Kevan; grandsons Jack and Nicholas; brother George and sister Dorothy; many nieces and nephews; and his dear friends Donna, Kathy and Cheryl. He was predeceased by his loving wife Veronica of fifty-five years in 2011.

Don was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1935 and immigrated with his family to Montreal, Canada in 1967 then settling in Calgary, Alberta in 1971.

In 1956 prior to his joining the National Service in H.M. Forces, Don completed his apprenticeship as a carpenter/ joiner at the renowned ship building company Yarrows. This marked the start of a lifetime’s love and appreciation of craftsmanship that proved invaluable in later years as a master joiner and cabinet maker. Applying this experience along with a meticulous eye for detail Don joined his wife Veronica at The Shadowbox Gallery in the role as a professional picture framer which with his help quickly became one of Calgary’s best Art Galleries.

Up until his illness Don continued to serve his community with honesty and integrity. He was a caring, considerate, father, friend and businessman and will be truly missed.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Foothills Country Hospice Society, P.O. Box 274, Okotoks, AB, T1S 1S1, Telephone: (403) 995-4673, www.countryhospice.org. The family would like to extend their heart felt gratitude to all the physicians, nurses and care givers for their care and compassion during this difficult time.

In living memory of Don Sinclaire, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Lucille Parkinson :

    I would like to send my condolences to Steven and Kevan and families on the loss of your father, Don. Your dad was such a gem. He has touched a lot of people and will be truly missed.
    Lucille Parkinson

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  2. Kirstie McLellan Day :

    A little more than twenty years ago I was painting in water colour. But I had five little kids and I was working part time as cohost of The Movie Show, so time was a precious commodity. I remember bringing one of my first pieces to a little shop called, ‘The Shadowbox” near my home. I walked in and was warmly greeted by vivacious blonde who had a broad accent. Her name was Veronica Sinclaire. She loved that my name was Scottish and pulled me over to meet her husband, Don, a wizard with matting and framing. Don gave a shy grunt hello. Veronica winked and prodded Don to tell me a joke they’d both just heard. He shook his head, “No, no Veronica. You tell it.”

    She turned to me biting her lip, which was quivering with laughter. “C’mon Don, tell the girl your joke!”

    “Okay then,” he said. “A lad was getting married so he walked into a shop to have his kilt made. The tailor said, “What’s the tartan?” And the lad replied, “Ach, she’ll be wearing white.”

    Veronica exploded with laughter and so did I. I’m not sure which we found more hilarious, the joke or Don’s dry delivery.

    I forgot about being in a hurry and stayed and chatted for some time. After left the shop it occurred to me that even though she must have hear that joke a hundred times, she genuinely enjoyed his telling it. And that is who they were, funny, kind and generous, not only with each other, but with all of us.

    Don was an artist and she was his muse. Her big belly laugh will echo in our hearts forever, and his legacy will live on in his work that had the power to enhance the experience of every piece of art he shaped.

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  3. Donna gaffney :

    Rest in peace uncle Don you will be sadly missed. I remember I was in Canada with my Nana and we all went to the stampede I went on the ghost train I was so scared I was screaming people thought it was a record, aunty Veronica was laughing when the train came out and I was nowhere to be seen. Uncle Don came in, and I was under the seat! he looked worried one of my memories of my uncle Don. Till we meet again, love always your niece Donna xxx

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  4. Nicola Gaffney :

    Very sorry for the loss of my Great Uncle Don. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting him quite as much as I would like to have, I always remember my Gran (Don’s sister) talking about him all the time and him asking for us over here in Scotland. I will always remember the stories that my Gran would tell me of them growing up and I know he will be missed greatly. I hope Stephen and Kevin will get all the support they need at this time from the family and all of us in Scotland are thinking of you both at this time.

    Lots of love, Nicola xxxxx

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  5. Dorothy Gaffney :

    Rest in peace my beautiful, remarkable and lovely brother. I will miss you so much. I will miss seeing you when we would talk on Skype. We had so many laughs right from childhood. You always went everywhere on your bicycle and I used to talk you into giving me a ride home on the cross bar. You would wrap your jacket round it so that I could sit in comfort. I will confess now, it still hurt like mad, but I wasn’t going to miss getting a lift and spending my bus fare on sweets. I will always love you with all my heart.

    Your loving sister
    Dorothy
    xxxxx

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  6. Rest in peace Uncle Don. You were a light in the dark and you will be sadly missed. Don’t worry, I’m sure Veronica has something for you to do when you get upstairs. I will never forget the 10 shilling note you gave me when I was 5 and you were on the boat to Canada. You were an example to us all with your humour and your infectious smile. Rest in peace my Uncle.

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  7. Lucille Parkinson :

    What sad news to hear of the passing of Don Sinclaire. He was such a nice gentleman who touched the hearts of many. My condolences go out to his family who are coping with such a sudden loss. What a kind and caring man with such a gentle spirit. May he rest in peace with his beloved wife, Veronica. Don you will be missed by many.

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  8. Steven and Kevan
    Our family is deeply saddened by the passing of Don. We will always remember him fondly and feel lucky that we had the pleasure of knowing both your parents for all these years. A great soul has departed, but our memories shall never fade. Your loss is huge, and we can only share your pain. Don was someone special and he will never be forgotten. He will always live on in our hearts, we will miss him dearly. Now he is with Veronica and we have another Angel to watch over us.
    Love Kathy, Danny and Family

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  9. Our deepest condolences to Steven and Kevin and their families. It is the passing of an era that we all will remember as being happy and joyful. Rest in peace with the love of your life.

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  10. I was shocked to have learned just on Friday, February 13th, of Don’s passing. I had had several paintings re-framed at Don and Veronica’s Shadowbox Gallery during the years following my own parents’ passing, and we were on a first-name basis. Going into the Shadowbox Gallery was like visiting family and together they never failed to ensure the paintings I took to them looked far better than they had before. Don shared much of the struggle Veronica endured with her own cancer and shared his grief with me following Veronica’s illness and death. They were a lovely couple and a great team, but I know Don never recovered from Veronica’s struggle with cancer and her loss. I send my deepest sympathy in your loss.

    My heartfelt condolences.

    Don Gordon

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