Ronald Sinclair Russell

Ronald Sinclair Russell

Friday, October 5th, 1945 - Saturday, May 23rd, 2020
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In Loving Memory of Sinclair Russell

Designer at Large and Volunteer Extraordinaire, died on May 23rd from natural causes after a brief illness.

Born Ronald Sinclair, October 5, 1945. Son of the late Mabel and Sinclair Russell of Carnarvon, Ontario. Survived by Neil (Elsa), Barbara Gaskey (Bill), Colin (Julie dec’d). Adored Uncle Sin to Jennifer Dobell, Bill Gaskey, Tom Gaskey, Amelia Russell, Alice Russell.

Sinclair had an extensive career in visual presentation. His global work won him awards and acclaim in both Canada and the US.

Words used to describe him include outrageous, mastermind and Design Guru. But they cannot reflect the true size of his personality, or his generosity.

His collaborators have included: Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, Mt Sinai Hospital, WestPark Health, The Yonge Street Mission, Baycrest, The Griffin Trust, Marilyn Field’s charity, Canadian Opera Company, National Ballet School, Stratford Festival, Best Buddies, PetSOS, The Fashion Group, Seneca College, Ryerson University, and The Brazilian Ball (x 12).

Sinclair returned to his roots in the Minden Hills, where he retired but did not rest. There he was a food bank volunteer, the founder of Minden Pride, a dedicated member of his church, and much more. His family would like to thank the caring staff at Peterborough Regional Health Centre.

Thank you to his friends for all their wonderful tributes, that can be summed up with this; “He's already organizing the drag queens in heaven to entertain and shock the throngs with music, colour, humour, celebration and naughtiness.”

Cremation has taken place. Interment at Twelve Mile Lake Cemetery, Carnarvon Ontario, at a later date.

Sinclair supported many causes. If you would like, please make a donation in his memory to St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Minden Ontario, The Minden Food Bank, The Twelve Mile Lake Historical Church (by cheque only) or to a charity that reminds you of him and can be arranged through the Gordon A. Monk Funeral Home Ltd., P.O. Box 427, Minden, Ontario K0M 2K0.
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  • Interment

    Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 |
    Tuesday, May 26th, 2020
    Cremation at Highland Park Crematorium
    2510 Bensfort Road
    Peterborough, Ontario K9J 1C5
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Private Condolence

Ildiko and Herb Marshall

Posted at 09:36am
Dear Barb, Colin, Neil and families:
Sinclair was a brilliant, creative and fun colleague at Estée Lauder many decades ago. Over the last twenty years my family and I were truly blessed by his friendship. His contribution to the Minden community benefited all, locals as well as us cottages.
In my family , he became a dear and supportive friend to my husband, a wonderful story teller to both my son and grandson and a fun beloved pal to me. We were lucky to have him in our lives as dear, dear family friend. Please accept our condolences and know that he will be in our hearts forever.
Ildiko, Herb, Tristram and Balin

David Johnson

Posted at 05:18pm
Colin so sorry to here of the passing of your brother Ron. It brings back memories of our younger years in Carnarvon. Keep safe my friend. David Johnson

Rachael Velkovski

Posted at 10:51pm
Sinclair was not only a huge part of our community but he was also a huge part of our church family. For those who had the opportunity to know Sinclair, you know that he had this type of pizaz that many people do not come across often. Wherever Sinc was, wit and laughter followed.
From making costumes for our annual church Christmas pageants, to decorating our church so lovely at Christmas time, he always had such a creative presence in our lives. He was always so willing to help and cared for everyone, especially his cats. It breaks my heart knowing that we could not be with Sinclair in his final days, but he left this world knowing he had a family at St. Paul 's Anglican church.
Rest in peace Sinc, you will certainly be missed.

Lynn Cowen

Posted at 06:46pm
So sorry to hear about Ron's passing....the family has my deepest and most heartfelt sympathy


Posted at 06:32pm
Sinclair was a lively and entertaining member of the Minden and District Horticultural Society, and we will miss having him at our meetings.

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