William Carter ‘Bill’ Sinclair, 91, mentored many in the marine construction industry

William Carter “Bill” Sinclair, 91, passed away Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, after a brief illness.

Bill was born in Newport News to William Baytop Sinclair and Katherine Hahn Sinclair. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Bill attended the University of Virginia, graduating in 1954 with a degree in civil engineering. He lettered in three sports at UVA, football, boxing and lacrosse. He was a second team All American in Lacrosse and was a member of the 1952 National Championship Lacrosse team. At UVA he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, IMP Society, TILKA and The Secret Seven.

After graduation, Bill worked for the Virginia Department of Highways, McLean Contracting Company and Waterfront Marine. He was known at McLean as the person who could solve almost any construction issues and the person to send to any emergency situation, such as the ship collision at the Benjamin Harrison Bridge in Hopewell. He mentored many in the marine construction industry.

In 1977, Bill designed and helped build his dream home in Sandbridge, where he lived until moving to the Memory Center in October 2018. Bill was known for his practical jokes, acrobatic dives, tricks and drawings; however, he wuz not a good speller. He pushed those around him to be better people. Based upon his life, he was a doer and not a looker.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Sinclair; and son-in-law, Ben Sorey.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, Carter Sinclair (Ellen) of Virginia Beach, Chris Sinclair (Karen) of Saint Pete Beach, Florida, Kippy Sinclair of Hampton and Page Sorey of Southern Shores, North Carolina; seven grandchildren, Cappy, Andy, Emily, Scott, Allison, Caroline and Annie; 11 great grandchildren; as well as nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 9, at Eastern Shore Chapel.

Memorial donations may be made to UVA or Sandbridge Volunteer Rescue Squad.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Memory Center and a special thank you to Jackie Zovak for being a wonderful neighbor.

Share online condolences with the family at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts.

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