Robert A. Sinclair

Date of Passing:

August 23, 2019

Sinclair, Robert A., 88, of Walnut Road, Barrington, died unexpectedly at home on August 23, 2019. He was the beloved husband of Laura (Johnston) Sinclair.

Born in the village of Polmont, Scotland, he was the son of the late Henry and Annie (Black) Sinclair, he lived in Barrington for 36 years.

Mr. Sinclair was a sales engineer for the Taco Mfg. for 52 years before retiring in 2009.

Robert attended Toronto University. He was past President of the Barrington Jr. Chamber of Commerce and member of the Bryant University International Exporting Committee.

A mason, he was a member of the Washington Lodge #1 and also a member of the Shriners. He enjoyed ballroom dancing, reading, woodworking and working with his hands.

Mr. Sinclair was a member of the British Royal Air Force.

Besides his wife of 61 years, he is survived by a brother, William Sinclair of Scotland. He was the brother of the late Mary Johnston.

A Masonic Memorial Service will be held in the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at a date and time to be announced.

Online Condolences


  1. Dear Laura,

    Maureen and I send our sincere condolences on Bob’s passing. If there is anything we can do, or anything you need, do not hesitate to contact either of us.

    I truly apologize for my tardiness in conferring these condolences. We only learned of the loss of Bob a few minutes ago. I sometimes go weeks without looking at my home email account and then take a day to catch up. This is a striking lesson as to why that is a bad idea.

    May the Supreme Architect of the Universe watch over Bob’s soul until we join him in the Celestial Lodge above.

    Steve McGuire

  2. I was deeply saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. I count meeting him as one of the highlights of my Masonic membership. He was a true gentleman, and for me, a blessing just to spend some time with him
    He leaves a void that I doubt can be filled.

  3. Dear Laura,

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Our thoughts and our prayers go out to you. May you find
    peace and comfort in this very difficult time.

    Tom & Linda Lawrence

  4. Laura:

    My deepest sympathies for your loss. Bob was a great boss and friend and I learned a lot from him when I was his assistant at Taco.

  5. Laura,
    So many fond memories of Bob from all our years at Taco. My 29 year old son still has the mini flag Bob gave him when he was a toddler.
    Please accept my most sincere condolences.

  6. Laura, warmest and deepest sympathy to you during your time of loss. The brothers of Washington Lodge and I are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of one of our most beloved Past Masters of our lodge and brother of our Rhode Island Masonic community, Robert Sinclair. Bob was one of those special individuals that exemplified to us all what it is to be a loyal and faithful husband, friend, citizen, and Mason. I am sure that he lived his life by those moral virtues we as Masons hold dear, faith, hope, charity, and brotherly love. I’ve always held him in high regards and he has had a special place in my heart over the years. He was sitting in the East when I became a Mason nearly 10 years ago and I distinctly remember his warm, charming persona and his passion for Freemasonry. I was glad I became a Mason and it was even more special that he was the Master of lodge at the time.

    Albert Pine, author and orator, once said: “What we do for ourselves dies with us, What we do for others and the world, remains and is immortal.” I truly believe these words best describe what Bob Sinclair was all about. While we will all miss Bob immensely, think of how much better it was to have had Bob in this world and in our lives. We have been blessed by his presence and his memory will live in us for the rest of our days. I am honored to have known this man and I will miss you, my friend and brother, very much. Godspeed Bob Sinclair.

    Laura, please know that if there is anything you need or know of anything we/I can do for you, please do not hesitate in letting us/me know. We are here for you. Our/my thoughts and prayers are with you always.

    Bro. J. Cox
    Washington Lodge No. 3
    F. and A. M.

  7. Laura.. I am so sorry to learn of Bob’s passing. When I first joined the Masons Bob spent many an hour tutoring me and encouraging me. He was a mentor, an inspiration, a fraternal brother and, most of all, a friend.

    I hope you allow your warm memories as well as the love and support of family and friends help you in this difficult time of mourning and adjustment.

  8. Dear Laura,
    I am truly saddened from the unexpected loss of Mr. Sinclair; Bob, to the Walnut Road neighborhood. I looked after Judy and Al’s cat, Pooka , and it was my pleasure to chat w you both while working outside.

    I will miss Bob for his delight in seeing my Irish Setter, Blue Larken. He always greeted us with a happy smile. I am just up the street at 74 Walnut. Prayers for you and your family…..Margaret Santoro

  9. Laura, our deepest condolences to you at this difficult time. Al and I will miss our friend waving across the fence and stopping to chat so often or coming over the fence for a visit. He was a good friend and good man. We know how much you will miss him. We value your friendship too and will be there for you. Thoughts and prayers……Al and Judy

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