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Name:Mr. Sandy Sinclair
Address:North Boisdale
South Uist
Place of death:Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Date of funeral:15/08/2012
Funeral Location:Daliburgh Church of Scotland
Presider:Rev. Jackie Petrie & Rev. Esther Jamieson
Occupation:Clerk to the Congregational Board, Church of Scotland
Additional Info:We pray for the repose of the soul of Sandy Sinclair, who passed away suddenly in Aberdeen on Sunday, 12th August. His funeral was held in the Daliburgh Church of Scotland on Wednesday, with Rev. Jackie Petrie and Rev. Esther Jamison leading the service. To all of his family and friends we extend our prayers and deepest sympathy. (From the St. Peter's RC Church Newsletter dated 19th August 2012)
The following tribute was written and read at Mr. Sinclair's funeral:
Although Sandy had been ill, his death on 12th August was very sudden and took everyone by surprise. His loved ones were in shock, but they also realised very quickly that, for him, it meant being spared further deterioration and suffering, and so people gathered the following Tuesday and Wednesday to pay tribute to a much loved, well liked man, who will be sorely missed from our community.
Tiree, Glasgow, the World, South Uist – it was always going to be a different life of many colours, textures and shades, was Sandy’s, and his loss from their lives is keenly felt particularly by Mary and the family, and all who were closest to him, especially in the last couple of decades of his life.
Although Sandy was born in Tiree, he grew up in Pollokshields in Glasgow with his sisters and brother, and went to school at Bellahouston Academy, as did so many others from the South side of the great city.
He was bright and capable, with a good head for figures, and a thirst for adventure which soon took him to faraway places all round the globe.
These experiences stretched, enriched and challenged him, as he looked for ways in which to assimilate them into the bigger picture of life in general and into his own life in particular, and he found it difficult to settle, until he came to South Uist.
Sandy knew great highs in life, and also some very dark times, and he treasured the companionship and love of true friends and fellow travellers, who stood by him, when the going got tough. In such caring, he found that there is a strength in unconditional fellowship from the quality of which church communities almost everywhere could learn a thing or two.
Most importantly of all, bit by bit, he found family closeness with Mary, and with Calum, Iain, Ruairidh, Sandra and Pauline. And into the next generation again, everyone could see the joy he had in getting to know Emma and Ruairidh; Maria and Marion; Eilidh and Ruairidh; not to mention meaningful times spent with members of the wider family, and all sorts of occasions shared with friends in the community, be it through work or play. He also found his spirituality, his faith, was baptised and joined South Uist Church of Scotland which he attended faithfully until his illness, and where he became Clerk to the Congregational Board. Many a moment in church was lightened by his wit which could bring laughter to the proceedings at any moment. And to the very end, even those who came as visitors to the congregation in the vacancy were enriched by the insightful and informed contributions he would generously make, if only he was asked.
In general, being in company, listening to others and engaging with widely differing points of view with interest and a quick and perceptive mind made for stimulating exchanges and many very funny moments indeed. But he could also be direct, to the point and wise and, indeed, he was happy with his own company, too, at times.
Whether over longer periods of time, or in brief encounters, Sandy made lasting impressions on people, and all of us, whose paths crossed his, one way or another, will remember him with a smile, great fondness and gratitude for having known him, always. "
Gravestone Inscription:Treasured Memories of
Beloved Companion, Father Figure
Brother and Dear Friend
Died 12 August 2012

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