Robert Malcolm Sinclair

December 13, 2019


Robert Malcolm Sinclair, QC passed away peacefully in the presence of his loving family on December 13, 2019 at the age of 75. Leaving to mourn are his loving wife of 44 years Catherine (nee Cahill), his two sons Andrew (Erin O’Brien) and Ian (Lauren Carroll), and four adoring grandchildren, Ava, Jane, Aiden and Audrey. Also leaving to mourn Bob’s brother Douglas (Brenda), Ottawa, and sister Carol Walters (Rob), Ottawa, and families, as well as niece Jill Watson (Matt), Peterborough, and nephew Mark Staveley (Marcie) and family, Seattle, Washington. Bob was born in Kingston, Ontario and was predeceased by his parents Robert and Eileen, as well as his sister Nancy, and his sister-in-law Chrissie. A joyful, humble man with a huge heart, Bob touched everyone he knew. As a lawyer at Cox & Palmer for 32 years and a dedicated volunteer with several organizations, he was a strong believer in contributing to his community.

The family wishes to thank to the superb staff and residents at Pleasant View Towers Unit 4 Northeast, especially head nurses Pamela Wells, Madonna Keats and Kim Woodman, as well as Michelle Whittle (nurse practitioner), Barabara Anne Mackey (patient care coordinator), Paul (recreation), Steve Rotondi (physiotherapist), Joanne Thorne (occupational therapy), Dr. Roberta Didanato (speech language pathologist), Aimee Kelly (speech language pathologist), Laurie Green (speech language pathologist), Daniel Dunne, Dr. Tina Squarey, Dr. Lisa Kieley, Dr. Noreen Fardy and all the LPNs and PCAs. Their care of Bob was wonderful. Special thanks also to friend Robin Kemp and sister in law Marie Cahill for escorting Bob to his weekly speech group meetings, and to the members of that speech group who were very supportive of Bob through all his trials.

Visitation will take place at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Rd, from 2-4 and 7-9pm on both Sunday, December 15th and Monday, December 16th. The funeral will take place at 9:30 am on Tuesday, December 17th at St. Pius X Church. Flowers graciously accepted or donations may be made in Bob’s name to a charity of your choice.



2-4 p.m. on December 15, 2019

7-9 p.m. on December 15, 2019

2-4 p.m. on December 16, 2019

7-9 p.m. on December 16, 2019

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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9:30am, Tuesday December 17th

St. Pius X


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Sorry to hear of Bob’s passing! Please accept my condolences. May your memories help you and your family at this difficult time.

Sincerely Lorraine

Cathy & Family

I just heard the news of Bob’s passing as we are out if the country. Please accept deepest condolences and love to you all at this very sad time for your family.

Please accept my deepest sympathy on Bob’s death. I am sorry that I could not make a visit with you during the days of wake and funeral. Please know that I am thinking about you and family and praying for you during these days of loss and grief. May Bob now experience the warm presence of God’s love and may he share that with you and your family , like a warm cloak about you all.


Cathy, it was with great sadness that I learned of Bobs passing. While working with him at Halley Hunt (now Cox & Palmer), he was a true gentleman who respected all whom he worked with regardless of their job description. I am sure you and your family have numerous of wonderful memories to keep him in you hearts forever. Our prayers are with you. George and Barbara Jestican

Cathy and family
We were so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing.
His steady and calm influence in political situations was very much appreciated. Please accept our sincere condolences.
Fred and Sandra Rowe

Cathy and Family,
Thoughts, prayers and condolences to you and your family at this sad and difficult time..
Joan (Power) Peddle

Cathy and Family
We are so very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

Cathy and family
Thinking of you and sending our love and deepest sympathy during this difficult time..
Carol and Cliff Smith

Cathy and family. Saddened to hear of Robert’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Donna and Jim

So sorry to hear about your Dad. Lots of good memories from Beacon Hill Cres. I just found out, otherwise I would have made the visit in to say hello.
Take care…
all the best…..
Brad Dalton.

Cathy, I’m so very sorry to hear of your husband’s passing.. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time, particularly today.. I hope that the love from your many wonderful friends and family will be a support to you as you learn to live with his loss. . Hugs Elizabeth

Cathy, so very sorry to hear of your husbands passing.. My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time..

Cathy, my heart is breaking for you . When I saw you recently, not long after Dick’s passing on May 31,, 2019, it didn’t occur to me, dealing with my own grief, that you too would be coping with this loss so soon. I have no words of comfort because there’s not much to say, but just to know that you are loved and cared about by many. We are all on standby for each other these days. I am with Andrea and family for Christmas now but when I return home, I’ll be in touch. Much love and understanding. Pat

Cathy and family,

I am so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. I think you had a long and wonderful marriage and it is very difficult to say goodbye. You are surrounded by many great family and friends to help you through your loss.
We will not be able to attend tomorrow due to some health issues but our thoughts are with you.
Take care
Brenda and Harry Young

Cathy and family, I am so sorry to hear of Roberts passing, he was a excellent person, who knew of the important things in life. His friendship was very special. Because of health issues I am unable to attend your celebration of his life..

Catherine, Andrew and Ian –
Ingrid and I are very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a kind, congenial man, an exceptional lawyer and a gentleman of the highest order. Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss.

Cathy, I am thinking of you as you grieve Bob’s passing. I know you will get comfort from your memories and support from your family to help you through this difficult time. Take care.

Sorry to hear of Bob’s passing .Please accept my sincere sympathy.

When I joined Halley Hunt in the summer of 1984 , I received my first legal task at the firm from Bob . We spent many years after practicing together . I am very happy that he was a part of my life , both professionally and personally . He was a fine man , respectfull , kind and loyal . I am very sorry for your loss .

Sorry to hear the news about Robert. May you have comfort in knowing that you have family and friends who share your sorrow.

Andrew and Family

Please accept my sincere condolences during this difficult time.


Dear Mrs Sinclair and family,

I have wonderful memories of Mr. Sinclair from the summers everyone put up with me doing my summer job at Halley Hunt.

Not only was he clearly a great lawyer, but the kind of person who took the time to notice and appreciate everyone. I will not forget how gentle and supportive he always was with me.

Rebecca Hall.

Cathy and family
Sorry to see that a Bob has made his exit from the stage of life .
Well I knew him in his practice – he was an able adversary.
He was a very highly regarded Attorney who surely had the respect,of his peers.
You and your family have been there for him and he is now in the nearer presence of God.
His spirit will live on thru his family and friends.
May his eternal rest be in peace

Dear Cathy, Andrew, Ian and families,

You Cathy together with Bob were good friends to Jeanne and me while Bob and I practiced law together at Halley Hunt and its successor firm Patterson Palmer Hunt Murphy (now Cox and Palmer).. Strong, steady ,dependable, congenial, resourceful in the law and a first rate partner is how he was for me. Bob was incredibly well liked and respected in the profession and in the courts and had a dry sense of humour.. Please accept our sympathy for your loss.


Your obituary description of Bob as “a joyful, humble man with a huge heart” is the Bob that I knew and remember well. When Bob gave you his word as a lawyer, it was a guarantee. He always garnered my respect.

I am aware that Bob had health challenges in recent years and I had not seen him in a long time. His passing is nonetheless a sad moment for us all. My thoughts are with you and I join you in remembering and celebrating his fine spirit.


Dear Cathy and family we send our deepest sympathies to you at this sad time. We both had the opportunity to work with Robert and can unequivocally say he was an excellent lawyer and gentleman. For Joan, as a young lawyer at a predecessor firm to Cox&Palmer, just called to the bar Bob was a good mentor and taught her lots about organization and practice management for which she has always been grateful. Wayne recalls that as a fellow member of the NL bar it was always a pleasure and enriching experience to work with Robert. May your relationships and memories made with Robert as husband, father, grandfather and
brother in law, provide you with peace. Most sincerely, Joan &. Wayne Myles

So sorry to hear about Bob. I am happy to know that he is at peace and in a better place. I know your family will be a great help to you at this very sad time in your life.
With much love
Connie Sedgewick

My deepest sympathy and condolences Cathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Hugs,

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Sending the entire Sinclair family our deepest condolences on Bob’s passing. An interaction with Bob was always fun- loving and full of humou. His beautiful spirit will be missed. Rest in peace Boob.

Dear Catherine and family, please accept my deepest sympathy and condolences on the loss of your husband , father and grandfather. Catherine, please know that my prayers and thoughts are with you as you navigate the next few days and adjust to future life without your husband at your side.

Gabrielle (Buckle) Paff