Bessie Sinclair

At the age of 84 Bessie Sinclair passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Sunday December 11, 2022 at VON Sakura House after a year battle with cancer. 
Beloved wife of Duncan Sinclair for 53 years. Mother of Jodi George and her sons Devon, Wesley and Bret, and Mother to Jeffrey and Paula Sinclair of Woodstock, Ontario and their daughters Mackenzie and Morgan.
Bess leaves behind her sisters Norma (John), Carol, and brother Alan (Lynn).
Predeceased by her parents Norman Walker (1980) and Grace Walker (2006)

Bess devoted her life to her family and friends. She was life-long member of Beta Sigmi Phi Sorority. She was a member of St David’s UCW group for many years, and a long- time volunteer on Daffodil Days for the Cancer Society. Bess’s passions were gardening, crafts, baking (Christmas Chocolates), and spending time teaching and sharing her gifts with her granddaughters.
Bess and Dunc loved to travel to many destinations over their 53 years, Bermuda several times, New Zealand, Victoria B.C., Alaska and Newfoundland. She also spent 46 years with their cottage couples and their families at Pickerel Lake and Sandhurst Cottages.

Cremation has taken place and a Service and Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday December 20, 2022 at 1:00 pm, at St David’s United Church, 190 Springbank Ave., Woodstock, Ontario. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Kidney Foundation, or to VON Sakura House would be most appreciated.

A very special thanks to the Palliative Care teams for the weekly in-home visits over the last year. Stephanie Chandler, Danielle Simandi, Janette Vanbey and Tiffany Plunket and the absolute special Staff at Sakura House. Also, a special thanks to Jenny Dempsey and Jennifer Simmons for their care and companion. Our thanks to the Staff at Spring Bank Pharmacy who took care of Bess’s everchanging needs.
Duncan would like to recognize and thank Jeff, Paula, Mackenzie and Morgan for their loving support helping take care of Bess every day. To Crissy Crane who was able to pick up and bring our daughter Jodi to see her Mom on the last day of her life. To Ashley Strickler who spent many wonderful afternoons with Bess. To Gail Dibsdale, Linda and Bob Wood, Matt and Heather Mayer, Gail and Stewart Dean, Bob and Ena Mcleod and our old neighbours Linda and Bryan Holdsworth. To Carolyn Jackson. Rosemary and Don Rigglesworth, to Paula who shared a special bond with Bess. To our many friends and extended family and to our Special Minister Jeff Smith who spent hours lending his ear and guiding our decisions.
Bess is now with Gigi and Daisy in Heaven

Wareing Cremation Services, 225 Norwich Ave., Woodstock has been entrusted with Final Arrangements. Your messages of condolence may be shared here at

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  • I was saddened to hear of Bess’s passing. I’m sending heartfelt condolences; I’m so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of being Bess’s neighbour many years ago; she was a great neighbour and friend. Dunc, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Kim Fox
  • My Condolences Dunc and Family, treasure the memories you shared

    Joe Todd
  • I have had the honour and pleasure of knowing Bess and Dunc for 40 yrs. What strikes the most us – What a compatible couple, what a strong love bond. Bess was Dunc’s best friend sbd staunchest supporter.
    Good job Bess. God blessing

    Joe Ralph
  • Dunc and family
    We were saddened to hear of Bess’s passing.
    Know that are thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.
    May God bless.

    Linda and Dave Feick
  • Dunc, Jodi, Jeff, Paula, Devon,Wesley, Bret, MacKenzie and Morgan,

    Bess always greeted me with a beautiful smile, and kind words when I attended church on Sunday morning, and when I attended UCW meetings. She had a good sense of humour and a great laugh. I loved watching her when she got into the ‘BEETLE,’ she would put a kerchief over her head and tie it up. I asked Bess why she did that, “because the wishes nd messes my hair up!” I shall miss her delicious homemade chocolates, cheesecakes, as well as her seasonal decorations. Bess has a very special place in my heart, and my life is richer for knowing her.

    Judy Crane
  • Enjoyed our many brunches after church at the Restaurant with you and your family. How times change. Your family is in our thoughts.

    Cleo Bond
  • Sincere sympathy to Dunc, Jeff and family on the passing of Bess. I always enjoyed our chats. She was a great lady. Cherish all of the memories

    Elaudie Bosch
  • Sincere sympathy to Dunc, Jeff and family on the passing of Bess. I always enjoyed our chats. She was a great lady. Cherish all of the memories

    Elaudie Bosch
  • Dear Dunc and family
    We are so very sorry for your loss and send our deepest sympathy. I met Bess many years ago through Beta Sigma Phi and i learned so much from her. She had so many talents to share with the sorority sisters. I loved going to her home for meetings because there was such a warm welcoming feeling and Bess always went above and beyond in decorating her home and treating us to her delicious treats. She shared a wealth of knowledge about sewing, crafting, baking, cooking, gardening etc. Bess was always approachable when in need of honest advice. It was a pleasure knowing Bess and I really appreciated her.
    We wish you peace, comfort and cherished memories to help you heal.
    Sincerely Lon and Diane Clark

    Diane and Lon Clark
  • Our deepest condolences to you Duncan and your family. We will always cherish the memories of spending time with you and Bess at Sandhurst Resort especially the fudge Bess would make and bring to the camp fire every night. May she rest peacefully.

    Leslie, Meghan and Brian from Sandhurst Resort
  • Saddened to hear of Bessie’s passing. Many condolences.

    Kingsley and Arlene Hansford
  • Saddened to hear of Bessie’s passing. Many condolences.

    Kingsley and Arlene Hansford
  • Our condolences Duncan, to you and your family, Bess was a wonderful lady, always had a friendly smile and a kind word. May God give you peace during this time of sorrow, our loved ones never really are gone they remain in our hearts.
    God Bless,

    Ken & Nina Park
  • Our deepest condolences Dunc , Jeff and family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Joanne and Harvey Long
  • So sorry for your loss Duncan and Family

  • Good morning everyone; for a lot of people they have never had to say bye Mother or Aunt but then there is some of us that have and I am one that has,up in heaven Aunt Bess is now with Gigi and Daisy,that is truely heavens GAIN,but all the great memories and work she did,the fruit she produced,Strength and honor are her clothing; rejoicing in LOVE and kindness a wisdom not found too much here, Aunt Bess looked well to the ways of her household,not found to idleness,her children and Uncle Dunc praised her for SHE feared the LORD therefore Aunt Bess would be praised.Blessed is Aunt Bess; look up from whence your help cometh;you will miss Aunt Bess and all her love; Just know there is LOVE,JOY,PEACE in HEAVEN.

    Tim and Donna Culpepper

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