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SINCLAIR, Alastair William

June 18, 1930 – Carlisle, England
February 24, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Alastair William Sinclair of Calgary passed away calmly and peacefully on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at the Bow View Manor, at the age of 88 years.

Alastair was born in Carlisle, England to Eire Winifred Sinclair (nee Carlyle) and William Alexander Sinclair. He graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering from Edinburgh University, and worked in Scotland on various hydro projects, before immigrating to Edmonton in 1957. He was employed by an engineering consultancy company Haddon, Davis and Brown until he transferred to Calgary. While in Edmonton Alastair was an active member of Y’d Horizons a YMCA hiking club. Soon after coming to Calgary in 1964, he started working for the City of Calgary as a civil engineer in the Road Engineering Department, and remained with the city until his retirement. An outdoors man who loved mountains, Alastair was a real asset to the Rocky Mountain Ramblers Association, where he became a coordinator and led innumerable trips from easy jaunts in the foothills to higher ranges in the summer. He enjoyed weekend camping trips to various areas from Jasper to Waterton Glacier. He also gained a multitude of friends within the Ramblers, who will always remember his trips. Alastair was also part of the Seniors Alpine Ski Club, the Scottish Dancing with Calgary Scottish Country Dance Society, St. Barnabas Church, and the Schiehallion Scottish Study Group and the Unitarian Church. Alastair also loved gardening and music, as well as travelling. He often spent Christmas with his late brother Neil Sinclair and his wife Brenda and his niece and nephews. He had a love of Scotland and all things Scottish and kept with him a strong sense of his Scottish roots. He was fascinated by genealogy and compiled a family history which now resides in England.

He will always be missed by his many good friends here in Canada and his friends and family in England, niece Lis Sinclair, nephew John Sinclair and their families.

Funeral Services will be held at Unitarian Church of Calgary (1703 – 1st Street NW, Calgary, AB), where Alastair has been a member since 1976, on Friday, March 8, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the Church. Condolences may be forwarded through Friends and family would like to thank the staff at Staywell Manor and Bow View Manor, as well as the staff at Rocky View General Hospital.

In living memory of Alastair Sinclair, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. CALGARY, AB, T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Alastair was a gentle and thoughtful man, and I will remember him fondly.

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  2. Mary Jane Hussey

    I remember Alastair as being a go-to person for knowing about the latest information on hiking and skiing conditions. He did want the best for our beautiful blue earth home.

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  3. The Calgary Branch of the RSCDS remembers Alastair as a person who loved dancing and who was also willing to give of his time to help run events and sit as a member of our board. A lovely man to partner with on the dance floor.

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