Winton Robert Sinclair (Bob)

With heavy hearts, yet many loving memories, we say good-bye to Winton Robert Sinclair (Bob).

Known to all as Bob, who passed away peacefully in Gail’s loving arms on June 16th 2021.

Born in 1942 to Jack and Mary Sinclair, Bob and his brothers lived all across Alberta. At one home on a farm, when Bob was 12, the seed for one of Bob’s future passions was planted. Eventually this seed took root in 1971 when Bob and his family began to explore the wonders of life as a farming family.

In addition to farm life Bob loved his role as a dedicated teacher of minds and kicker of butts as an instructor of Materials Engineering Technology at NAIT for 32 years.

Bob will always be remembered as: Gail’s rock, our loving father, grandfather, great grandfather; a brother; family supporter; a loyal friend to many; a farmer; a teacher; a colleague; a community contributor and advocate; as well as creator of many projects and strong relationships.

Bob is survived by his loving wife Gail, his children; Robert (Edith), Kevin (Jeannie), David (Gaylene), Rechelle, grandchildren; Stephanie (RJ), Jessica (Spencer), Jordan (Danielle), Jacob (Tara), Scott, and Brenna, great grandchildren; Carlo, and Joss; his brothers; Ian (Sharon) and Doug (Joan) as well as their families. He will also be missed by his Fur Baby, QE.

As per Bob’s wishes no formal funeral proceedings will be held, and as a dedication to Bob, please consider contributing to a worthy cause of your choosing to further create the world Bob felt could be created through hard work and ethical values.

Serenity Funeral Service – Fort Saskatchewan – 780998-1422

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Douglas Fraser

Gail and family, I just learned of Bob’s passing recently. I was shocked and saddened at his loss which, I imagine, is being deeply felt by all of you. We were colleagues at NAIT in Materials Engineering Technology. I always deeply appreciated his friendship, wisdom, knowledge, sharp sense of humour and witticisms. His commitment to us, the people in his life, was one of his gifts that has kept on giving. While over the years, our lives diverged along different paths after NAIT and we lost track of each other, Bob is one of those people whose influence shaped me also. Even today, in sharing stories from our past with others, Bob remains one of those persons who keeps coming up being a part of some memorable experience. He enriched us all! I am thankful for him.

Neil Simpson

I also was a student of Mr. Sinclair, who really only became Bob when we were at the Kingsway. I though of Bob not only as an instructor but also a mentor. After recommending that I withdraw from the Materials Program part way through in ’78 he was instrumental in helping me re-enter the program the following term with a whole new attitude. With his coaching and help I graduated in 1981 and have never looked back. He was a great figure in my life and he will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences.

TJ Sheptycki

Gail and family, my thoughts are with you through this difficult time. I am saddened to hear the news about ‘Mr. Sinclair’. I had the fortune of having him as an instructor in the MET program at NAIT. I was one of those guys he had his foot firmly and regularly in contact with my butt! At the time it was tough and I am eternally grateful. He helped me as a student and helped me as a person mature and get prepared for life. I am sad I did not take the time to give thanks and show my gratitude. Mr. Sinclair, I hope you would be proud!

Monica Parker

I was very fortunate to be one of Bob’s students. I had failed out of engineering at the U of A after asking for help and being told that “we expect a third of you to drop out”. My experience with Bob Sinclair, thankfully was completely different. He noticed that I wasn’t understanding his lecture and took the time after the class was over to call me to the back of the classroom, pull an engine block out of the cupboard (he was a strong guy) and explain what he had been teaching until I understood. Thanks to him I graduated and have had a successful career in the Materials Technology field.
He went the extra mile for me and was truly an outstanding educator.
My condolences for your difficult loss.

Darren Lindballe

Dear Gail and Family
I am very saddened to hear of Bob’s passing and I my condolence to you and your family at your time of loss. I consider my self very fortunate to have had Bob as my instructor at NAIT as he equipped me and countless other students with skills which are invaluable and for this I am very grateful.
Darren Lindballe

Kelly Wietzel

I was fortunate enough to have Bob as an instructor, mentor and friend during my time in the NAIT Material Engineering Program. He provided not only technical knowledge but life skills such as hard work, responsibility and respect. He was a very positive influence in my life and career and he will be missed.

Kelly Wietzel

Jeff Hayden

As a graduate of the NAIT MET program, I was fortunate enough to have my mind taught and butt kicked by Bob. His reputation as a tough Instructor preceded my arrival, but it didn’t take long to realize the type or person Bob was or what he felt was valuable. Hard work, honesty, integrity was currency to him and beyond the course content, this was something he tried to teach us all. To Gail and family, please accept my sincerest condolences for your loss. But take solace in the fact that your husband, father, grandfather lead an amazing life was a person that helped shape the minds and character of so many fortunate students – for this I am eternally grateful.

Ed & Marie Stelmach

Gail & family,
Our deepest condolences with the passing of Bob
We have many fond memories of times with you both
May many happy memories help you in the days and months ahead
God Bless

Jim Taylor

Bob will be greatly missed by the guys at the Historical Society Workshop. My sincere condolences to Gai. and his family.

Diana Juse

So sorry for your loss. I know Larry and Bob shared many happy times together as colleagues and friends. May your happy memories help ease the pain of loss.

Howard Strauss

Our sympathies and condolences to Gail and family and to the extended Sinclair family. The Sinclair/Strauss connection extends back to our fathers, Jack and Norman and their friendship and then to a renewed friendship with Bob when we both moved into the Fort.

Our sympathies to all who knew and liked Bob

The Strauss Family

Emile deMilliano

Rest in peace, Bob.
As I read the notice in the Edmonton Journal this morning, I was reminded of Bob’s engaging smile and enthusiastic interest in growing crops either when he called or upon my visits to the farm in my early days as the D.A. in Lamont. Twas’ always a delight and another reminder of the great people in a great industry.
All the best to Gail and family.

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