In Memory of




Obituary for Ian Alexander Sinclair

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ian Alexander Sinclair on October 29, 2023, at Mackenzie Health at the age of 83. Predeceased by his brother Bill, he is dearly missed by his wife Wendy, daughter Andrea (Paul), grand-daughters Nadia and Sonja, his sister-in-law Barb and his many nieces and nephews.

Ian grew up in Toronto, Ontario where he enjoyed playing baseball and hockey and spent many hours exploring the beauty of the Don Valley with his brother. He completed a BA at U of T, a BPEd. at McMaster and a MEd from York University. A talented defenceman, Ian played hockey with both the Varsity Blues and with the McMaster Marlins. One of the most special times of his life was playing with the McMaster Marlins when they won the 1963 CIAU championships.

He was a devoted teacher, with infinite patience and kindness towards his students and an unwavering dedication to meeting all of their educational needs. His career, which spanned over 30 years, included teaching high school Math and Phys.Ed, Outdoor Ed, grades 2, 3 and 4 and finally Special Ed. for elementary school children.

Equal to his passion for teaching was his love of wildlife and the outdoors. He was the Director of Sparrow Lake Camp for 7 years. Whether it was sailing or canoeing at his cottage, bird watching or or hiking through the forest with his grand daughters, he embraced all nature and became involved in conservation efforts.

One of Ian’s most defining characteristics was his service and compassion towards others. He was a volunteer for the food bank in Richmond Hill, a counsellor for a telephone distress line and a supporter of numerous local and international charities, a Mason with 25 years of services, he held the positions of Master at The Lodge of Fellowship No. 702 in Richmond Hill and Deputy District Grand Master for former Toronto District 5. A lifelong member of the United Church of Canada, he was proud to be a member of St. Matthews United Church in his later years.

Throughout his life he experienced many difficult health challenges, which he faced with indomitable courage, strength, and determination. He was blessed in the last 6 years of his life at Sunrise of Richmond Hill to have had friendship, companionship, and care from many wonderful people, especially Mary, Christine, Tina, Kelly, Sona, Amalia, Simi, Brenda and Linda and many others.

There will be a Visitation at Marshall Funeral Home in Richmond Hill on Friday, November 24th from 6pm to 8pm. The Celebration of Life will be held at St. Matthews United Church in Richmond Hill on Saturday, November 25th at 2pm. Refreshments to follow.

In lieu of flowers, we would ask that you plant a tree or consider making a donation to the Nature Conservancy of Canada or to a charity of your choice.