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Carl A. Sinclair, 91, retired business owner; Sept. 18, 1919 -- June 21, 2011

Carl A. Sinclair, a retired business owner, died Tuesday. He was 91.

Born in Buffalo, he was a 1937 graduate of Seneca Vocational High School and attended the University of Buffalo where he majored in engineering.

He entered the Army in 1943 during World War II and was accepted into Officer Candidate School but was injured in training at Camp Claiborne, La. He was honorably discharged in 1945.

Mr. Sinclair was a co-owner of Sinclair Collision Service, 730 Kensington Ave., and a co-owner of Sinclair Travel Trailers on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Wheatfield, now known as Colton's Trailers. He retired in 1982.

Mr. Sinclair played fast pitch softball on several Buffalo and Amherst teams during the 1950s. In recent years, he took up painting and became a prolific and well-known local artist for his folk art style.

He was a past commander of George F. Lamm Post 622, American Legion. He was the state commander of the Forty and Eight, a veterans organization.

His first wife, the former Ruth Westra, died in 1946, and his second wife of 59 years, the former Betty Hensley, died in 2007.

He is survived by a son, Jim.

A funeral service was held Friday at Dengler and Roberts Funeral Home, East Amherst.


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