Passed: December 26, 2013
Respected community elder Henry Sinclair passes at 85 Joe McWilliams Lakeside Leader Lifelong Slave Lake resident Henry Sinclair passed away on Dec. 26, 2013. A member of a prominent and numerous family, Henry was one of 13 children of Alfred and Agathe Sinclair. According to his account in Pioneers of the Lakeland, he was supporting himself
by the age of 14, first by railroad, farm and sawmill work and later operating heavy equipment in the bush. Later he ran his own company, mostly building roads or logging. A man of many accomplishments, Henry served a term on Slave Lake Town council in the latter part of the 1970s. He was a charter member of the local Elks Lodge and played a key role in the establishment of the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre, serving as its second president for six years. Other significant volunteer positions he held included a term on the Northern Alberta Development Council and president of the board of St. Peter Celestin Catholic Church. Henry married Edith Weaver of the Kinuso area in 1950, and together they raised a family of five children. A significant accomplishment in his life was beating what he called ‘TB,’ or tobacco and alcohol. Having achieved that, he said in the ‘Pioneers’ article, he found he had a lot more energy and time and interest in his community. The record speaks for itself. As a dedicated member of Alcoholics Anonymous, Henry tried to help others wrestling with addiction. This was mentioned many times at his memorial service, held on Dec. 31 at The Gathering Place in Slave Lake. Many heartwarming stories of Henry’s interest in and concern for his neighbours, friends and relatives were related at the service. “Uncle Henry always cared about how I was doing,” said his nephew Wally ‘Button’ Sinclair, who read the eulogy. “I was so impressed with him when I was a little boy,” said Gord Sinclair, another nephew. “Uncle Henry would help anybody.” “He was a real gentleman,” said Allen, another nephew, from the Joe Sinclair side of the family. “We were always so proud of him,” said his brother Clifford. Henry was born in
1928, either in Old Town, or at Marten River, depending on the account. He grew up with an appreciation for hard work, education and respect, instilled by his parents. Henry was pre-deceased by his wife Edith, in 2002. He is survived by their five children, Donna, Joanne (Phil), Arthur, David (Julie) and Thomas. Also nine grandchildren – Ross, Joanna
(Geoff), Marcie (Martin), Aaron (Jenn), Ryan (Bobbi), Malory (Jason), Garrett, Jared and Phillip, seven great-grandchildren, sister Evelyn, brother Clifford as well as numerous relatives and friends. Prayers and wake were held at the Friendship Centre on Dec. 30, 2013. A memorial service was held at The Gathering Place on Dec. 31. Memorial donations
can be made to the Westlock Continuing Care Centre, at 10203-96 St. Westlock, AB, T7P 2R3.