Jul 7th 1941 — May 12th 2023 (81 years)
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Nancy Sinclair, a beloved sister and friend, who fought a courageous battle against cancer for over a year. She passed away peacefully on May 12th, with family by her side at her home in Toronto. Nancy’s legacy of friendship, compassion and humour will live on through the countless lives she touched, both in her personal life and in her career as a dedicated teacher and counsellor. Nancy attended Millersville University in Pennsylvania, and earned her Master’s degree from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education in Toronto. She taught in Pleasantville, New Jersey, Detroit, Michigan, and in Toronto. Nancy was a theatre enthusiast with a special love for musicals. Her fondness for the performing arts led to her participation in local theatre groups, where she acted in several productions. She also had a role in the early days of “The Kids of Degrassi Street” television series. Nancy sang with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and this carried on a vocal music tradition which she started in her early school years. Her creativity was also expressed in her hobby of quilting and her creations will be appreciated for many years to come. Nancy was an ardent and loyal fan of the Toronto Raptors and Blue Jays. For many decades she made an annual trip to Dunedin, Florida in March and enjoyed the Blue Jays spring training games with her friends. Nancy also made time to give back to the community and for many years she faithfully volunteered with the Canadian Land Mine Foundation and the Textile Museum of Canada. Nancy had a special place in her heart for Townsends Inlet, New Jersey. Annual family visits to “The Shore” were the highlight of each year when she was growing up. The memories of the sun and the sand, sitting on the pier overlooking the inlet, visits with cousins and aunts and uncles and friends: these were treasured memories which never faded. Throughout her life she continued the annual visit to Townsends Inlet and Sea Isle City as often as possible. Nancy always made friends wherever she lived or worked, and she nourished those friendships ceaselessly. Her friendships span the decades from her childhood in Coatesville, Pennsylvania to her most recent activities and pursuits. Nancy was predeceased by her son, who was tragically taken too soon (Aaron Nixon 1964-1993), and by her wonderful parents (Bella & Bill Sinclair of Coatesville, Pa.). She is survived by her twin sisters, Marjorie Crowdis (Ken) of Kelowna, B.C. and Susan Sinclair (Bill Davison) of Toronto. Nancy’s family would like to say a special thank you to the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care of Sinai Health. The warmhearted, understanding and attentive care of her doctors helped to ease the anguish of losing Nancy. https://www.tlcpc.org In accordance with Nancy’s wishes there will be a private family remembrance.
Notes of Condolences about Nancy
13 days ago
First and foremost, I'd like to extend my condolences to the family. Nancy was a wonderful person who I remember from High School in Coatesville, Pa. She was an avid basketball fan of the Red Radiers. I last saw her at her senior prom, and finally ran into her on social media (fb). I'll always remember her warm smile while walking through the halls of Scott High School. Rest on Nancy, God's got you now.
13 days ago
In the fall of 1970, I was a 17 year old starting college in midtown Detroit. I moved out of my family’s home and into a student co-op without having a job. Every week I’d check the student employment office and every week I found only one job that worked out w my schedule. “Mrs. Nixon is looking for someone to be with her son after school…”
This being 1970, Mrs. Nixon conjured up an image of Pat Nixon, wearing a pink two-piece suit and having a pained and nervous expression. Every week I’d leave the employment office conscious of my ever worsening financial situation.
So finally I called her and she suggested that I should come down and meet them. Unsure of what I was getting myself into I went down to her apartment. “Mrs. Nixon” let me in and there was Aaron who was whirling around in an Indian block print bedspread, dancing to his own muse. Nancy was wearing blue jeans and a shirt. There was a huge Eldridge Cleaver poster hanging on the wall. I felt as if I’d come home.
So this was the start of our 53 year old friendship. Nancy and Aaron became part of my family and Nancy became my best friend. She was always compassionate, understanding, and so much fun. She was such good company.
Without fail, she knew the right thing to say. After I had my daughters, she would come down to Detroit for every one of their milestones and always helped out anyway she could.
I am so grateful that she has been such a big part of our lives.
14 days ago
I have many fond memories of Nancy, (and Sue) in Tai Chi class. May her loving spirit continue to grace our memories. Hugs to the family.
Kasha and Holly
14 days ago
Nancy Sinclair is someone I’ll cherish continually. She was kind and gentle. I remember Nancy being so delighted to have our company whether in person, on the phone or online. The way we move through this life could not have depth or fulfillment without the charismatic person Nancy was. Because she was so engaged when I’d visit, I’d never want to leave. We’d have great conversations on just about anything and I suppose that’s the teacher in her. She wanted the best for you always. I wish the best for her.
Nancy who i dearly called
Momma has been like a mom to me. I could call on her at anytime.
No matter what mood I was in she knew just what to say.
Some of my most recent memories was actually during covid when we were on lockdown we meet up every Friday night on zoom and talked and played games. One game in particular called scribblio which is a drawing game when we played that game we laughed so much at our not so great drawings, especially mine lol
I would absolutely miss my momma Nancy but I will Never ever forget her.
I love you momma
Your baby girl
15 days ago
Nancy and I have been close friends for over 65 years. We met as 10th graders at Scott Senior High School in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. We maintained contact with each other all throughout those years, and several years ago we had an opportunity to have dinner together at a restaurant in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Nancy was very kind and extremely smart. We always had great conversations when we communicated by cell phone. So, I’m extremely sad and shocked to have been informed about her passing. I certainly offer my condolences to her family and friends in their time of bereavement and grieving. 🙏🏿
15 days ago
My heart stopped a beat when I heard of Nancy's passing. I used to call her our downtown Nona. She was there for the birth of my three children and she watched them grow and enjoyed their company up until she moved. We lost touch as covid hit and I was dealing with my mom. I am sorry for the time we lost and wish we could have said goodbye. My family will cherish our memories of the time we had together. Rest in peace Nona Nancy xxxx
15 days ago
I had the pleasure of working with Nancy at the Textile Museum of Canada starting in 2018. I was new to the job and to the museum sector and Nancy was a true mentor to me, sharing many stories and laughs together. She volunteered at the Museum for over 17 years, and welcomed people to the reception desk with kindness and her great sense of humour. She was interested in change and new ideas, and we had amazing talks about politics and our cats and our lives. I will miss her greatly. Sending love to her sisters who she spoke so fondly about. I am so sad to hear that she has passed on, but glad that she was surrounded by family.
Linda Mc Connell Schiavi
15 days ago
Nancy and I were childhood friends growing up.I was fortunate enough to be invited to Her beach home , giving me a taste of loving times with her family.The years an distance separating
Us.i send love to her beloved sisters
Mary Ann Sprenkle
15 days ago
Nancy was an important part of my life from our freshman year at Millersville in 1959. From visits to her family in Coatesville to adventures and misadventures over the years, we shared many good times together. Thanks to her I got to experience summers in Townsend's Inlet and Sea Isle City, baseball spring training in Florida, cottage stays on Ontario's lakes,and visits to Toronto. So many memories are crowding my mind that I can't express them all. Nancy was one of my best friends and compatriots. I am fortunate to have known her for so long. I close with a profound sense of love and loss, which I share with her sisters Sue and Marge.
15 days ago
What an interesting person she sounds to be from her obituary (and photographs). I wish we had met at The Sumach. She must also have been quite an accomplished actor -- there are no small parts in The Glass Menagerie!
16 days ago
I am so very sorry to hear of Nancy's passing.
I met Nancy as a fellow aquafit participant in 2017/18. So much fun and laughs.We moved into 146 Sumach in 2019 and spent a lot of time together thst year.
I moved from Sumach in 2020 and we eventually lost contact. We talked a lot about teaching and being fans of American Banstand.
I wish I had been on touch more recently.
Not a long friendship but a lovely one.
Margaret Scott Benvenuto
16 days ago
It is just over a month ago that Nancy sent her condolences to me when my husband
Dean passed away. At the same time, she shared her situation and battle with cancer. Nancy and I taught at Earl Grey and really got to know each other while working on the Earl Grey
100th anniversary..A most enjoyable assignment.
100th anniversary. It was a very enjoyable summer working together.
16 days ago
Nancy was an absolute pleasure of a Human Being. She was bright, kind, inquisitive and had a great sense of Humour. I feel such gratitude to have had the pleasure of knowing her and I am so sorry for this big loss. I will miss her and I feel for your Family at this time and going forward without Nancy.
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