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Glenroy Sinclair hailed as a giant of a man

Published:Monday | June 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju
Pallbearers (from left) Lebert Halliman, Errol Crosby and (right, from front) James Forbes, Damion Mitchell (partly hidden) and Daraine Luton taking Glenroy Wayne ‘Sinco’ Sinclair to his final resting place.
Marie Sinclair, widow of the late Glenroy ‘Sinco’ Sinclair, being comforted by government ministers Derrick Smith and Olivia Grange, while Marie’s brother-in-law Keith Dunkley (left) looks on.

The Gleaner's late assignment coordinator Glenroy Wayne 'Sinco' Sinclair was hailed as a dedicated professional, mentor to young journalists and committed company man during yesterday's thanksgiving service to honour his life at the New Haven Seventh-day Adventist Church in Duhaney Park, St Andrew.

The 49-year-old veteran journalist had a massive heart attack at work on Friday, June 3. He died early the following morning without regaining consciousness.

Hundreds came out to pay their last respects, many still reeling from the shock of his sudden passing. In addition to his Gleaner family and the wider media fraternity, the memorial service drew senior members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, politicians, the motorsport crew, as well as relatives and friends who all attested to Sinclair's devotion to his craft.


Wyvolyn Gager, former Gleaner editor-in-chief, under whose guidance Sinco blossomed, spoke of some of those early days.

"I watched him set down roots and flourish and reach beyond himself to become almost indispensable in the Editorial Department," she recalled.

"One of Glenroy's best qualities was the fact that he was a team player. He felt as if he was letting down the side if he were absent from work. As my beautiful flower began to grow in his job, he steadily developed significant contacts. I saw his confidence soar, and soon he became the envy of his colleagues as he snagged scoop after scoop," Gager told the gathering.

She highlighted the fact that despite his phenomenal growth and success over the years, Sinclair, who remained her friend up to the time of his death, was always a genuine person.

"Glenroy never became cocky, he was grounded. He was, to the end, a model of humility," Gager shared.

Sinclair was interred in a family plot in Port Royal.