NORA INA SINCLAIR

SINCLAIR, NORA INA

(nee Fessey)

Born January 11, 1922 in Bassano, Alberta passed away January 2, 2016 in Kelowna. She thrived on a career in

nursing, health care administration and community service in the Yukon for over 30 years, serving as Director of Nursing

and retiring as the Executive Director, Whitehorse General Hospital. Thereafter working for National Health and Welfare

as a northern health consultant.

With the I.O.D.E. she helped create the Whitehorse Public Library. After training as a registered nurse at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, she moved to Whitehorse, Yukon in 1946 to work at the (old) Whitehorse General

Hospital. Always dedicated to continuing education, Nora later completed a program in Nursing Administration and a degree in Hospital Administration at the University of Saskatchewan in 1973. On June 16, 1947 Nora married Archie Sinclair who had been working in Dawson City, Yukon (the Klondike) before enlisting in the Canadian Army. They lived in Whitehorse, Yukon until retiring to Kelowna, B.C. in 1978. Archie died on vacation in Nice, France

in 1985. Nora married Graham Tench in 2003 in Kelowna (deceased 2005). Survived by two sons, Barry of Kelowna, B.C. and Duncan of Whitehorse, Yukon (Laura MacFeeters) and five granddaughters: Jennifer (Spencer Todd),

Stephanie, Lindsay, Caitlin and Brooke. Always having a zest for life, Nora spent years exploring the world fueled by an insatiable curiosity about distant lands and cultures, later travelling by bus on mystery tours and cruising the coasts of North and South America. Ever the organizer, she chaired her condo board for a decade and volunteered as a regional administrator for the B.C. Red Cross for many years. She was a fierce bridge player with an indelible memory

for cards. She so loved her bridge buddies and close friends and they celebrated birthdays and all occasions

without fail. She loved seeing her grandchildren and has favorite memories of annual camping trips to Shuswap Lake with them as they were growing up. And she always had a hankering for sweets, especially chocolate, but she’d share! Predeceased by sisters June, Vivian and Joyce and brothers Dick, Gord, Bill, Bob and Stuart. Survived by sister Margaret. Thanks to the staff at Three Links Manor where she lived her last few years, putting up with Nora, ever the nurse, offering advice. And to the end she

cherished dear friends and fellow nurses who had trained at the Royal Alex in Edmonton with whom she kept in touch all her life. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Heart

and Stroke Foundation of B.C. #4 – 1551 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 9M9 or via website:

www.heartandstroke.bc.ca. Condolences may be sent to

the family by visiting www.firstmemorialfuneralkelowna.com

Her touchstone through life:

“Nothing is worth more than this day.” ~ Goethe

Arrangements have been entrusted to

First MemorialFuneral Services,

1211 Sutherland Ave., V1Y 5Y2

and the Memorial Society of B.C.


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