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Mr. Elwood (Gene) Franklin Sinclair

September 28, 1931 ~ June 18, 2022 (age 90)

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After a long and illustrious life, Elwood (Gene) Sinclair left this life in the early hours of Saturday, June 18, 2022 at the age of 90. Known to his friends and family as a prolific storyteller, Gene adventured the world with his wife Pamela who survives him along with his sons Brett and Timm, Brett’s wife Rowena and daughter Leia, his step-daughters Heidi Mezzatesta, Ruth Glennon and their families.

            Born in Los Angeles, California September 28, 1931, after finishing high school, Gene entered the Air Force and served for eighteen years. He then joined the Army and served his country in both the Korean & Vietnam wars. After leaving the military he earned his bachelor’s degree in economics, returning to the military as a civilian working for the Navy as a logistics engineer for twenty-two years. When he retired from Civil Service, Gene and his wife Pam sold their home in Ventura County, CA and traveled around the United States in a motor home, finally landing in Belfast, Maine. After too many difficult winters, this California native, packed up and moved to Greensboro, NC to be closer to family with the added bonus of less snow to shovel. He had a love for flying, sailing, and fast cars. Gene spent time restoring an old Jaguar E-type and a sail boat, and while living in Belfast Maine worked in a shop fixing old TVs, VCRs, and radios. When he wasn’t tinkering, Gene took to the air in his Piper Cherokee, flying out of Camarillo Airport on day trips or just over the mountain to Santa Paula to meet up with friends for breakfast. Somewhat of an adventurer, he and his wife traveled the world with best buddies Vic and Jan Mastrella, exploring the countries of Europe, taking road trips to Canada and Mexico, and recently cruising through the Panama Canal and visiting Cuba.

Gene had the gift of gab and enjoyed striking up a conversation with just about anyone, sometimes trying the patience of his family. He often had great stories to tell about his adventures in the military, his excursions in the air and on the sea, his explorations of various countries around world as well as his love of WWII aircraft. During COVID, when he could no longer safely meet up with his cronies, they switched to weekly ZOOM meetings to keep their stories and rants going. There is a hilarious story of his need to climb the Matterhorn while visiting Zermatt, Switzerland nearly stranding himself and his wife overnight. Needless to say, he definitely had a mischievous streak to the delight of his grandchildren, especially when exasperating his wife. His stories were entertaining and witty. He also had a sentimental side where he loved to talk about his family’s accomplishments, proudly proclaiming his sons’ achievements or sharing videos and pictures clearly meant for his eyes only! He was a true original and will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 am Thursday, June 30,  at Moorehead United Methodist Church in Greensboro, NC.

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Memorial Service
June 30, 2022

11:00 AM
Morehead United Methodist Church
3214 Horse Pen Creek Road
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