Bernard Thomas Sinclair

Jul 28, 2013 Staff

B. "Tom" Sinclair of Lander died Sunday, July 21, 2013, at Lander Regional Medical Center of natural causes.

He was 88 years old.

A celebration of life was held at Hudson's Funeral Home in Lander at 2 p.m. Friday, July 26, with The Rev. Shannon Arnold officiating.

Bernard Thomas Sinclair Sr. was born in Kingsbury Plantation, Maine, on March 16, 1925, son of Benjamin and Bertha Pearl Sinclair.

He enlisted in the army during World War II when he was 16 and was on Omaha Beach on D-Day. After WWII he married Florence Sylvia Sanborn in Eliot, Maine, on April 9, 1947, and worked for Armour Meats.

He was transferred to Arizona in the 1950s. He was in the meat industry until he moved his family to California in 1964 where he went into oil field work. In the early 1970s they moved to Lander, where he was employed by U.S. Steel until his retirement.

Upon retirement he and Mrs. Sinclair worked on dude ranches in Dubois, Wyoming and Steamboat Springs, Colo., until his eyesite began to fail. During this time he mentored many young people and made longtime friends from around the world.

His passion was horse packing into the back country, hunting, fishing and spending time with family and friends.

"He never met a stranger --everyone was a friend," his family said.

He and Mrs. Sinclair had more than 60 years wonderful years together until her passing in 2007.

Mr. Sinclair is survived by his daughter Sylvia Fidler (Steve) of Lander, sons Randy (Carmen) and Scott(Deb) of Gillette; daughter-in-law Lyn Sinclair of Rifle, Colo., 13 grandchildren and many great- and great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, three sisters and one son, Bud Sinclair.

Memorials may be mailed directly to: Southern Baptist Relief Fund in care of The Lander Valley Baptist Church, 790 S 9th St, Lander, WY 82520.

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