Sinclair, Joan

January 6, 1942 ~ April 29, 2024

SINCLAIR, Helen “Joan” Elizabeth – With profound gratitude, we celebrate the life of Joan Sinclair. Joan passed away peacefully on April 29, 2024 surrounded by family at the age of 82. Joan is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Tom Sinclair. Joan is also survived by her siblings Jeanne, Ross, Larry and Marion, siblings-in-law Jim, Florence and John, children Bonnie, Kathy (Mark), and Tom (Nancy), grandchildren Ricky (Crystal), Brittany (Steve), Brianne (Jace), Kaitlyn (Matthew), Courtney (Tyler), Cami (TJ), and Bailey (Adam), great-grandchildren Lochlan, Everett, Olivia, Evan, Keely, Riley, and Lilly, and grand-dogs Stanley and Blaze. Joan is predeceased by her parents Clifford and Ferne, parents-in-law John and Patricia, sisters Joyce and Janice, sister-in-law Jean, and granddaughter Kristy Hyatt.

Joan was born and raised in Petrolia. She met Tom and they were married in 1960. They moved to Oil City and built their life there. Joan worked from a young age for Rudy Krall & Sons, and later in life at Shoppers Drug Mart in Petrolia, but her favourite job was being a mother and grandmother. She enjoyed shopping, watching soap operas, socializing and walking. She is remembered by her ability to light up a room and bring a smile to everyone in it. She loved deeply and lived vivaciously. Joan joins her beloved Kristy in heaven.

The family would like to thank the staff at North Lambton Lodge for their care and compassion.

Visitation will be held at Steadman Brothers Funeral Home in Brigden on Thursday, May 2 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. and a funeral will be held on Friday May 3 at 11:00 a.m. A burial will follow at Oil City Cemetery.

To celebrate and honour Joan’s life, memorial donations can be made to the Parkinson’s Society of Southwestern Ontario ( and the Alzheimer’s Society of Sarnia-Lambton (


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  1. Bonnie..I just read about your mom. I’m sorry for your loss, she was a very nice lady.

  2. To the family,deepest condolences Joan was wonderful spirit,always sp pleasant
    Take time to remember and heal

  3. To all of Joan’s family
    We’re so sorry for your loss. Joan was lovely. Enjoy the good memories.
    Terry and Anne Warwick

  4. Tom and family
    Please accept our condolences our thoughts and prayers to the family .
    Ethel and Gary Sitzes

  5. Tom and family
    Please accept our condolences our thoughts and prayers to the family .
    Ethel and Gary Sitzes

  6. Tom and family
    Please accept our condolences for the loss of your wife and mother and grandmother . She always had a smile and kind words.
    Tom and Maria Moore(Dawson)

  7. Thinking of you Tom, Nancy and family during this difficult time. Joan was a lovely woman who certainly did light up a room with her presence. Our condolences to the you all.
    Chuck and Darlene Lassaline

  8. Our deepest sympathy to Tom Sr. and families. She was a great co-worker always was a cheerful lady. Will miss her chats and Smile! Cherish the memories.
    Cindy and Dave Vandenberghe

  9. To the Sinclair families ,sorry to here about the passing of Joan , sweet lady.

  10. To the Sinclair family,

    Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your mom. We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

    Kevin & Cheri Helps

  11. Sincere sympathy to Tom and all your family on the passing of Joan. Joan always had her beautiful smile for everyone. I know Joan loved all her grandchildren but I want to offer condolence to Kaitlyn as she is the one that treated me so well at the clinic. You will have lots of happy memories to help you through these tough times.

  12. Our deepest Sympathies to the family, Your mom always had a bright smile for us whenever we met.

  13. Tom and family,
    I was so sorry to hear of your mom/wife’s passing. I always enjoyed a wee visit with your mom at Shoppers. Condolences to your family and friends.
    Jennifer Moore

  14. Tom, Bonnie, Cathy, Tom and family – I was saddened to hear of Joan’s passing – cherish your memories. I know you will have many – they last a life time. Janice Currah

  15. Tom and family,
    Sorry for your loss. Hold all your memories of Joan close to your hearts.

    Linda and Bev Byers

  16. Tom and family
    Our condolences and sympathy to all the Sinclair families. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

  17. We are very sorry for the loss of Joan.I have known her since High School.Our condolences to all of her Family. Nancy Hibbert and Ace Plaine

  18. Tom and all the family we are so sorry for your loss. Sending our deepest sympathy and condolences. Thinking of everyone. Hugs
    Randy, Gail and family

  19. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Joan always wore a wonderful smile.
    Alison & Blair Corcoran

  20. Our deepest condolences to the entire Sinclair family. Joan has been a dear neighbour for over 40 years & will be missed immensely.

  21. Sincere Sympathy to Joan’s Family. Joan was a vey nice person to talk to,whenever you met her. She was often a
    customer at Petrolia Home Hardware and I liked to help her when needed. We picked out many different wallpaper patterns over the years, Joan was alway friendly and willing to help when working at the drugstore. A kind Lady. Darlene McCallum Armstrong.

  22. Iam very saddened to hear of aunt Joan’s passing.
    My condolences go out to Uncle Tom, Bonnie, Cathy and Tommy.

  23. My sincere condolences to the friends and family of Joan. She was such a wonderful person! I had the pleasure of working with her a long time ago at Shoppers, I loved listening to her talk about her family.

  24. Sending our heartfelt condolences to the Sinclair family at this difficult time. I love the sentence “She loved deeply and lived vivaciously” That really describes her so well. Norm and I will be thinking of you all this week.

  25. Our deepest condolences to the Sinclair Families.

    Mike and Bev Park and families

  26. Dear Tom & Family
    We were so sorry to hear of Joan’s passing and want you to know that we won’t be able to make it to see you but we want you to know you are in our hearts and prayers at this time.
    Thinking of you
    Frank & Julie Grant

  27. My thoughts and prayers are with all the Sinclair family. May you find peace in sharing all your precious memories with each other. 💕 Barry & Bonnie Kershaw

  28. To the Sinclair family on the passing of Joan,our Condolences. Keith and Marjorie Drope

  29. To the entire Sinclair Family
    Our hearts and friendship are with you during this difficult time. We will treasure every wonderful memory we have of Joan. All our love and sympathy to all of you.

  30. Our deepest sympathy to all Joan’s family. I always enjoyed chatting with Joan. She was a classy lady and always smiling. We will miss Joan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during these difficult times.

  31. Joan was a good friend for many years. We shared coffee time, day trips, going out for lunch and made so many good memories. I will remember her laugh and smile forever. Sending our condolences to Tom Sr and Family.

  32. Our deepest sympathy to you Tom and Bonnie, Kathy, Tom and all their families in your loss. Hold on to all your precious memories and know our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Linda and Larry Zavitz

  33. Our deepest sympathy to all the Sinclair Families on Joan’s passing! She always had a smiling face and I looked forward to a little visit when we met. She will be so missed, hoping your treasured memories will help you get through this difficult time!

  34. Tom and family So very sorry to hear of this news. Joan always had a smile and time for a chat, with everyone. Thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family. Condolences to all.May she RIP

    Dianne McLean and Carl Gadsby

  35. To the Sinclair family, our condolences on the passing of Joan. She always greeted you with a smile! May she rest in peace.

  36. Tom Sr Bonnie,Kathy Mark Tom Nancy and all of Joan’s families my heartfelt sympathy
    My dear friend will be so missed by me and those she touched in such a special way
    She left her footprints on all our hearts So thankful for the Blessing of shared this journey with her
    Remembering all the great years Gerry and I had with her …the laughs ,the memories stored too numerous to name.
    Forever missed here but will spend eternity with you hugs❤️

  37. My heart breaks. Joan was a special friend to me and mom Grace. We had many laughs and joined in sorrows. I hope her and mom are having a great talk and tea.

  38. Deepest sympathy to all the Sinclairs on Joan’s passing. I am really sorry to hear this sad news and I know she’ll be sorely missed. Condolences to you all 😥

  39. Our sincere sympathies to Tom Sr and all of the family. Joan will be very much be missed as a part of Oil City neighbors.

  40. Bonnie Kathy Tom so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. Let your memories comfort you at this difficult time

  41. Our deepest condolences to all of Joan’s Family. May you cherish all her wonderful memories, Joan was surely a wonderful lady and will be missed dearly Barb and Rick Harper

  42. So sad to hear of Joans passing but extremely grateful for having known her! Joan truly was a ray of sunshine to everyone! I looked forward to each day I got to work with her at Big V and then Shoppers. She kept me on my toes for sure and genuinely cared about me. When I took a year off of work Joan called me faithfully every week! I remember her being a special friend to Grace, visiting her weekly also.
    I have missed visits with Joan and regret not making more of an effort to see her!
    Sending my condolences!
    She was so proud of all of you! May all your special memories bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time!

  43. Dear Tom & family
    Sorry for your loss upon Joan’s passing. May your happy memories bring you peace at this time of sorrow.
    Deepest Sympathies
    Don & Penny Phillips

  44. Her smiling face is now looking down upon us. I always enjoyed seeing Joan out and about in various locations over the years. She always made you happy to see her and catch up on the news. When I was young she like to reminisce about boarding with my Grandma Cora before her and Tom where married. I am sure Grandma and many others will be waiting with open arms to greet her. May your happy memories help you during this time of change.

  45. To the Sinclair Family,
    Sorry to hear about the passing of Joan. Thinking of you during this difficult time. Cherish all your memories!!❤️
    Richard, Ann & family

  46. Sympathy to all the Sinclair Families . Thinking of you all at this difficult time . Joan was the sweetest lady and loved to chat whenever seeing her . Hugs to you all Love the Bailey Family and Strangway Family xoxo

  47. I’m very saddened to hear of Joan’s passing. I remember working with her at Kralls , she was a lovely person, my condolences to the family

  48. Our condolences to all of you! Joan sure did light up a room with her friendly smile and was always great to talk to.

  49. Tom Sr.,Bonnie,Kathy,Tom Jr. and families….sorry to hear of Joan’s passing…she was a great person,a friendly lady and a joy to work with when we worked together at Krall’s grading eggs on the night shift in 1975-1976….take care at this difficult time and my prayers are with your entire family at this time….

    Bernie Baillargeon,Windsor,Ont

  50. To the Sinclair family,
    So sorry to read about the passing of Joan. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. May pleasant memories bring you peace.
    Michael and Cathy
    (Sorry that we cannot attend the visitation as we are away visiting Theresa and family).