Heritage Site Update 60
Alma Sinclair (McEnery), who spent all her life in the Fad, has passed
BALLINAFAD PIONEER HAS DEPARTED-
(McEnery), who spent all her life in the Fad, has passed away.
Alma (nee McEnery) - Passed away peacefully, on Tuesday September 20, 2011, at
Extendicare Halton Hills, in her 92nd year. Beloved wife of the late Norman
Sinclair (1997). Loving mother of Brian (Susan) and Kathryn (Mel). Proud Nana of
Ryan and Mark and Brent and Clark. Predeceased by her brother Jesse McEnery and
by her sister Pearl Sinclair. Alma will be lovingly remembered by her many
nieces and nephews and their families.
Friends will be received at
the J.S. Jones & Son Funeral Home, 11582 Trafalgar Rd., north of Maple Ave.,
Georgetown, (905) 877-3631 on Thursday September 22nd from 7-9 pm. Funeral
service will be held in the chapel on Friday September 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm.
Interment Greenwood Cemetery,
In lieu of flowers, donations
to a charity of choice would be appreciated.
As we began
the Fallbrook campaign in December of 2007, Mrs. Sinclair was the one first
elders whom we had the privilege of meeting. She introduced me to her neighbour
Normie McKecknie who lived across the hall at Mountainview Retirement Home. They
both lit up as they talked about the ``old life`` in Ballinafad. Mrs. McKecknie
spent much time at the Fallbrook Farm and had fond memories. She died shortly
after our visit
picture, we see a radiant Mrs. Sinclair describing life in the Fad during her
interview with Erin Grant for the Oral History Project. Her memories were
crystal clear and one got a real feeling of life in the Fad. She was especially
enthusiastic when describing the dances at the community hall. Her
brother-in-law was a floor manager, the one who organised the event and called
the different dances. As a child and than married and bringing up a family, life
on the poor farmland was not easy. Although she had known much hardship, Mrs
.Sinclair never complained saying, ‘We always had food on the table, a roof over
our head and friendly neighbours to work with and pass a long winter evening.
She personifies perfectly the pioneer spirit of the Fad
In the Tweedsmuir histories, there are many entries under
Alma Sinclair but most are old pictures which do not appear clearly. We would
gladly add all pictures we receive of Mrs. Sinclair.
Alma Sinclair was the first contributor to the Ballinafad
Oral History Project. She directed us to many of the original pioneers, as did
Wilma Sinclair. Although the early part of her life was in difficult conditions,
she was strong, kind and enjoyed the solidarity of the Fad community. She raised
a fine family. To her family and close friends, we send our condolences. Her
spirit and stories will live on, remembered by us all and saved for future
generations through the Oral History Project.
Sandy McKay, Quebec City. October 15, 2011
Here is the interview that was
done with Alma for the Oral History Project at the University of Guelph. It was
done in Alma's 89th year.
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