Cecil Sinclair

Born:                July 5,1961
Died:                August 06,2007

Turtle Years:   2000 – 2006
Section:            Baritone

A Turtle’s Tribute:

Cecil Howard Sinclair was born July 5, 1961 in Fort Worth, Texas, and grew up in Tarrant County.

He graduated from Sam Houston High School in Arlington, Texas, in 1979, and later from Stephen F. Austin State University. He proudly served in the US Navy, and was a veteran of Desert Storm.

He later found a place of harmony as a member of the Turtle Creek Chorale. Cecil joined the TCC in 2000 and sang until 2006. His first performance was “Paradise” in 2000 and his final one was “Turtles and Tuna” in June 2006.

He loved the TCC and served on many committees during his tenure, from membership to retreat. He also had several memorable “special” roles in the Chorale. He played the part of Jed, who was actually Joseph, from the Beverly Hillbillies in St. Nick at Night in 2000.

He also danced with the snow shovels on “Snow” in 2005. But his most memorable moment – captured on video in “The Power of Harmony” was as a Ballerhino in the “Tromp of the Sugar Plum Fairies” in 2004!

Cecil died Monday, August 06, 2007, at the age of 46, surrounded by his loving family. He died of complications following a successful implantation of a device, which would have bridged him to a heart transplant. His body was donated to science. His hope was that this would somehow help someone else who faced the same challenges.

His survivors include his Life Partner, Paul Wagner; his mother, Eva Bowers; his father and stepmother, Walter Lee and Pat Sinclair; his brothers, Walter Lee Sinclair, Jr., John Edward Sinclair; his sister, Kathleen Wright, and their families, as well as a large extended family, including the members of the Turtle Creek Chorale.

A Turtle’s History

Cecil Sinclair was a singing member of the Turtle Creek Chorale for six years during which time he served on several committees, e.g., the Poinsettia Committee, the Award Banquet Committee, the Membership Committee, and the Retreat Committee.

He was featured as an actor and a dancer in at least four concerts where he was “overwhelming” as a Ballerhino in “The Tromp of the Sugar Plum Fairies.” The following is an excerpt from the book BREATHE: “Celebrations frequently set the stage for emotional breakthroughs. Cecil Sinclair acknowledges that he had walled off his personal life after an unhappy relationship years ago, and in addition his father hadn’t spoken to him for five years. ‘Still, life is okay…The music makes it okay.’

After a holiday concert with the Chorale his father showed up unexpectedly and invited him home to Christmas dinner. ‘That’s when I realized the power of the Chorale.’”

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