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Dengler, Roberts, Perna Funeral Home

3070 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore, NY

OBITUARY

Peter J. Sinclair

February 18, 1954May 18, 2020

SINCLAIR, Peter J. May 18, 2020 of Tonawanda, NY. Dearest father of Christopher, Erin (Peter Purpura), and Emily Sinclair. dearest brother of Kathy (Patrick) Lannen, Anne (Guy) Evans, Tom (Judy), John (Linda) and the late Tim (Gwen) Sinclair. Son of the late Raymond and Mary Ellen Sinclair. Also survived by Heather Sinclair. A Memorial Service will be held at later date. If desired, contributions may be made to the Erie Co. SPCA or Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels in Pete's Memory. Online condolences and donations may be shared at www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com.

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Lauren Rusnak

May 25, 2020

Words cannot express the emptiness we feel, Peter was more than a friend, he was a brother to us. Walter met Peter at cross country camp before they started at SJCI, 52 years ago. We are blessed with decades of memories. God bless his family as we mourn the loss of our beloved Peter.

Gary Duszynski

May 24, 2020

Great graduated from St Joes with Pete. I ran track and Cross country and Pete was a team manager. He was a really good guy and I enjoyed talking with him at our 45th re union. I remember he lead everyone in a prayer before we ate. Rest in peace Pete.

Gary McGuire

May 24, 2020

I am saddened to hear about Pete’s death. I met him in the Fall of 1968, as incoming Freshmen at St. Joe’s. I knew almost no one. Pete went out of his way to welcome me. He even encouraged me to join the Cross Country team. Seeing that I usually ran last (sometimes lapped by the Trammel twins), I suspect he was given grief by our moderator, Brother Paul, for recruiting me.
I ran into Pete over the years and was always glad to see him happy and doing well. Although it has been some time, I cherish having known him as a friend. My condolences to his family.

James Wehner

May 24, 2020

Pete:
A great manager but an even better friend.
Wish we had more time together.
My deepest sympathy to all his family

Miss you Pete,
Jim

Steve Jakiel

May 24, 2020

Pete and I first met at St. Amelia's. While in Cub Scouts (Pack 202, Den 9... the things one remembers) we became good friends. Den meetings were held in different members' homes, and I still think of the Sinclairs whenever I drive down Sunnydale. After my family moved from St. Amelia's, Pete and I re-met as classmates at St. Joe's. Although we hung out in different groups, I know he had good taste in friends (Rusnak, Schnitter, Langer -- all quality guys!) Whenever we ran into each other over the years -- at the Locker Room, Schnitzel & Co., or elsewhere -- it was always a pleasure to see him... primarily because he made it clear HE was happy to see YOU. Although it's not eloquent, I can't think of a higher compliment to give anyone than to say, he was simply a really nice guy, and the world would be a far better place if there were more like him. My condolences to his family.

Patricia Wolf

May 24, 2020

We will miss you, Pete, at Schnitzel's. You were always so friendly to all of us.

The Tuesday Night Trivia Gang

KELLYANNE DAVIS

May 21, 2020

The Davis family loved Peter. Bob and Kelly would see him at various restaurants he worked for. Thank you for your fabulous heart.

COURTNEY ALHOMSI

May 21, 2020

Pete was my manager at Red Robin, he reminded me so much of my own father. He was always fair and encouraging. He used to tell me I had bigger things ahead of me than being a mixologist; I am now a Nurse Practitioner with two beautiful twin boys. Such a kind, caring man. May you rest in peace Pete.

Jim Murdie

May 21, 2020

I worked with Pete briefly at Rizzo’s on Eggert Rd. He also worked with my brother at Pizza Hut. He was very kind and generous and will be greatly missed. I’d like to offer my sincere condolences to his family.

Jim Merigold

May 20, 2020

So sorry to hear about Pete! We go back a long way! Loved sitting over a beer and reminiscing! Just saw him last week at Meals on wheels!! Know that he was loved by me and a lot of others!

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Biography

Peter J. Sinclair was a transformational leader whose winning presence allowed him to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear focus, he possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. He had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and he was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Peter always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Peter was an individual who rose above life’s challenges.

Peter was born on February 18, 1954 at Millard Filmore Hospital in Buffalo, New York. His parents were Ray and Mary Ellen Sinclair. Peter was raised in Tonawanda, New York. He was optimistic in his outlook on life. Armed with a great wit, Peter was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

Blessed with a balanced attitude, Peter was able to relate well with others. His occasional role as family mediator gave him the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Peter was first of the ‘original 6’, followed by two younger sisters, Kathy and Anne and three younger brothers, Tim, Tom, and John. Peter had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

He graduated from St. Joseph’s Collegiate in 1972. He achieved varsity cross-country and a perfect score on his SAT. During that time, Peter was a member of the Boy Scouts.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Canisus College in 1976. Peter was on the very first Canisus College hockey team. He enjoyed playing basketball with his brothers and friends. He also enjoyed playing hockey in the backyard of his parent’s home.

Friends and acquaintances found Peter an easy man to get to know, and everyone he met would praise his authenticity and how he would treat anyone like family. He had a relaxed approach to life in general. Peter was uncomplicated and straightforward in his relationships, which allowed him to accept people for what they were. While growing up, some of his best friends were Walter Rusnack, Joe Schnitter, Bill Kingston, and John Langer. Later in life, he became friends with Jamie Fleming, Barry Powell, Karen and Joe McClain, Skip Kowal, Pat Kelleher, and John Rennan.

On October 5th, 1985, Peter exchanged wedding vows with Mary Ellen Desantis in Erie, Pennsylvania. He was survived by her and her son Christopher, who he adopted. On January 21st, 1995, Peter married Heather Kinney in Conneaut, Ohio who he was survived by, along with their two daughters, Erin and Emily. As a father to his three children, he passed along his genuine spirit and taught them how to be selfless and care for anyone they meet. The qualities that he instilled in his children were his sense of humor, optimism in life, leadership, and the ability to treat every person, no matter who they are, with dignity and respect.

Peter was able to draw the best from others around him. He was an emotionally intelligent leader who was able to motivate his employees. Even in the most stressful situations, he could get individuals to work together as a team and own their personal success. His primary occupation was restaurant management. He was employed for The Dome, Schnitzel & Co./Rizzo’s, Red Robin, Pofolks, York Steakhouse, and The Locker Room.

Peter enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were reading books, especially Stephen King novels and astronomy. He enjoyed the camaraderie of sports, whether he was participating, watching, or attending with friends and family. Recreational sports included golf, hockey and soccer. He enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity, especially for the Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills.

Peter was a generous man who prized that same quality in others. So it’s little wonder that he was so active and giving in his community. Peter was a member of several community groups, including serving on committees for the Holy Name Society of St. Amelia’s and the Millcreek Mall Merchant Association, of which he later became president. He happily volunteered with KenTon Meals on Wheels. Furthermore, he was known to bring people into his home, including friends, family, and even housed several foreign exchange students. Politically, Peter was a member of the Republican Party and embraced bipartisanship and community spirit. He supported his father Raymond Sinclair’s and friend Skip Kowal’s campaigns for town councilmen.

Peter truly enjoyed travel and vacation experiences. He would seek out excitement wherever he went in a casual and laid back life approach and with an attitude of “live and let live.” Favorite vacation destinations included Long Beach in Canada, California, Las Vegas, New Orleans, New York City, Florida, and Texas.

Peter was a lover of animals and cherished his pets especially his dogs, Buck and Bingo and his granddogs Oakley and Astro.

Peter treated everyone he ever met as family. And this is how he will be remembered by all, as family.

Peter passed away at home on May 18, 2020 due to natural causes. He is additionally survived by his siblings Kathy, Anne, Tom, and John. Services were held at St. Amelia’s Church in Tonawanda. His family will honor him with a life celebration once it is safe for large gatherings to occur, especially one large enough for such a great man. In the meantime, please raise your drink and toast to absent friends. You can donate to KenTon Meals on Wheels and the Erie County SPCA in his name.

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