Sinclair, Martin Douglas

January 31, 1932 – June 7, 2020
Martin died peacefully and with dignity as a result of complications from dementia at the Meaford Hospital on June 7, 2020 at the age of 88.

Martin is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Catherine Sinclair (nee Langley); his son Derek Sinclair; and his 3 grandchildren, Emma, Ashley, and Lachlan Sinclair, all of Thornbury, ON.

He will be remembered fondly by his sisters-in-law, Claire McPhee of Ottawa and Nicole Mitescu of California and their families, his cousins in Scotland, Elaine McLeod, Heather Blyth, Juliet Graham, Scott Graham and their families; his sister-in-law, Amira Gabr of Cairo; his nieces and nephews, Hala El-hilali of Cairo, Mohamed El-hilali of Montreal; Mona Staples of Toronto, Sharif El-hilali of Toronto, Amanda El-hilali of Mexico; Amr El-hilali and Gihan  El-hilali, both of Cairo and other members of his paternal family; the mother of his grandchildren, Nancy Macdonald Sinclair of Thornbury, and his namesake Martin Cassels of Vancouver.  He was predeceased by his brothers, Dr. Mostafa El-hilali of Montreal and Medhat El-hilali of Cairo.

Martin was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, to the late Janet Martin and Mohamed El-hilali. He went to George Heriot’s School and did national service in the Royal Air Force, finishing as an acting pilot officer.  As a young journalist, he moved to Canada in 1957, wrote for The Ottawa Journal and The Financial Post, acquired qualifications as an investment dealer, and moved into marketing and communications.  In 1970, he founded FPR Communications Ltd., a boutique advertising agency serving the corporate and financial sectors.  His passion was aviation and he flew all over the continent, often with the family, and to the cottage on Aylen Lake, ON.  He and Catherine lived in North Toronto for 45 years before moving to Thornbury in 2012.

A family funeral service will be conducted at St. George’s Anglican Church in Clarksburg, ON.

Martin’s family express their deepest thanks to all who were involved in his care and in particular the outstanding staff at the Meaford Hospital. In lieu of flowers and as your expression of sympathy, donations to the Meaford Hospital Foundation would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.


A family funeral service will be conducted at St. George’s Anglican Church in Clarksburg, ON.

Donations: Meaford Hospital Foundation
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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Margaret (Jackie) Kotry
    Tuesday, June 9, 2020

    My deepest sympathy to you Derek and family.

  2. Nicki Douglas
    Saturday, June 13, 2020

    Catherine, Bryce and I send our deepest sympathies and love to all of you over the loss of Martin. We only lived beside you for 11 months, but what an 11 months it was! We will never forget all the kindness showed towards us, the fun and dinners.

  3. Amr El-hilali
    Saturday, June 13, 2020

    Dear Catherine and Derek,

    My deepest condolences, may his soul rest in peace.

  4. Louise Cholette-Rees
    Saturday, June 13, 2020

    Our condolences to you Catherine and Derek. We have fond memories of wonderful visits at your home in Toronto. We always appreciated Martin’s sense oh humour in all our discussions around your table. You are both in our hearts.

    1. Louise Cholette-Rees
      Saturday, June 13, 2020

      Please add both our names to the message from Louise Cholette-Rees:

      Louise and Morlan

  5. Reg and Joanne Marrison
    Saturday, June 27, 2020

    Condolences Catherine. We were shocked to get the notice of Martins passing.
    With our moves out of Toronto we sadly lost contact with 2 special friends.
    Sad that Martin is gone but he will always be fondly remembered by Jo and I.
    Thinking of you at this difficult time.


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