Obituary of Greg Sinclair
October 10, 1952 - March 21, 2023
After a brief illness, it is with deep sadness that his family says good-bye to Gregory Stuart Sinclair of Rothesay, only child of the late Donald Jackson Sinclair and Dorothea Alice (Doran) Sinclair.
Born in Saint John, Greg is survived Jill (Bartlett) Sinclair, the wife he adored for almost 41 years; his beloved children, Caroline and James and their spouses, Justin Price and Amy Sinclair. He is also survived by his three cherished grandchildren, Kate Price, William and Eva Sinclair; his aunt, Mildred Ashton (late Jack Ashton) of Guelph, ON; Jill’s mother, Jean Bartlett (late Bill Bartlett) of Saint John and his sisters-in-law, Nancy Bartlett of Rothesay and Dee Dee Bartlett of Jasper, AB; as well as nephews and cousins.
Greg was a proud retired partner of the law firm Stewart McKelvey, practicing litigation. He graduated from the UNB Faculty of Law in 1979 and was admitted to the Bar of New Brunswick that same year. He was recruited by McKelvey Macaulay Machum and practiced there as an associate and partner for his entire career. He developed an expertise in workers’ compensation law and became an acknowledged expert in that field. He was frequently called upon as an instructor for the New Brunswick Bar admission course and was often invited to speak at continuing legal education courses for lawyers over the years. The door to his office was always open and young lawyers could always count on him for advice and help. Also an excellent athlete, Greg was the driving force behind the firm’s various sporting events - especially firm golf tournaments. Greg was a good friend to everyone in the firm; especially loved by members of the staff who valued his candour, kindness, consideration and sense of humour. He brightened the place. In the past, Greg was on the board of the Alzheimer Society of Saint John and on the board of directors of The Riverside Country Club.
Greg’s passion for all things golf ran deep. The son of a golf professional, he spent many days of his youth on the greens of The Riverside Country Club. This is also the location of where Greg and Jill connected in 1974 and where he met many of his dearest friends. Greg continued to be a member at Riverside on and off throughout his life; picking things back up steadily when he retired in 2014; demonstrating his quick wit, story-telling ability, and social nature between holes. When he wasn’t on the course, you could find Greg spending time with his family at the pool, meeting with friends for a drink and bite to eat, relishing the view at The Samoset Resort or cheering for the New England Patriots and Tom Brady.
Being an only child, his closest friends became his family and he valued their times together. He loved his friends and they loved him. Greg had the gift of gab. He could strike up a conversation with anyone and make a friend of a stranger in an instant. Through their travels in retirement, Greg and Jill made social connections wherever they went.
Greg’s life will be celebrated at Saint David’s United Church, 7 Gondola Point Road, Rothesay, on Friday, March 24, 2023 at 11:00 AM. There will be a reception to follow at The Riverside Country Club. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Brenan’s Funeral Home (634-7424).
For those who wish, remembrances may be made to the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation.
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