Hi - John was a cousin in law to my Grandmother, Agnes Irene Murphy Harder. There are a few stories of this gentleman-y man in my family. I'm really too young to remember him, but I'm sure many will remember him fondly. I know nothing of his family, nor of his wife, who is in my tree...somewhere to be determined. I hope to learn more in my ancestry projects.
Karen Harder-Sittel, Bellevue, NE
John Duncan Sinclair of Manassas, VA John Duncan Sinclair, 87, the husband of the late Anne Jeanne Carroll Sinclair, formerly of Utica, died at Annaburg Manor in Manassas, VA, December 4, 2005. John was a professional engineer who retired from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs after more than twenty years of civilian and military service. During World War II, John was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and served both in WWII and the 1948 Berlin Airlift. John also retired from the Boeing Company's Flight and Space Division after serving as one of the company's Senior Managers. He had been a senior supervising engineer during the early 1960's, working on the Minuteman Air Defense System for the Air Force Strategic Air Command. His next position was with the Boeing Space Division at Kennedy Space Center, FL, supporting the National Air and Space Administration Space Program. John led the ground support team during the pinnacle of the space program. He and his team were involved in all the Apollo space missions, resulting in the U.S. launching and returning the first astronauts to land on the moon. For their accomplishments, John and his fellow space pioneers were nationally recognized by having their names placed in a Time Capsule at the Space Center. After the space program, he joined the Boeing Disaster Recovery Division, managing community recoveries from hurricanes and other natural disasters for the U.S. Department of Housing and Development. Before retiring from the government, he served as a Senior Engineer for the Veterans Administration building and modernizing hospitals for auxiliary veterans in Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island and Virginia. In his early Army service he was amateur boxer and later turned his sports interest to golf. His first love, however, was work and he would often quote the Sinclair ancestral motto, "Commit thy work to God". Survivors include his son, John R. Sinclair of Springfield, VA; and two grandsons. He was predeceased by his sister, Frances Sinclair. The funeral will be Friday, December 9, 2005 at 10 a.m. from the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams and Edmunds Funeral Home, 1123 Court at York Streets, Utica and at 10:30 a.m. at Historic Old St. John's Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Calling hours are from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday morning at the funeral home prior to the service.