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Joseph Sinclair

July 27, 1939 ~ July 22, 2021 (age 81)


Joseph Sinclair was 81 years young. He was born in Scotland. He was born to Margaret and William Sinclair in Glasgow Scotland on July 27, 1939. He was the bonniest of babies according to his mum. He had 4 brothers Peter, Billy, Frank, Gordon and one sister still living in England, Eleanor.

Being the middle child he made his mark by being an excellent swimmer winning several medals while also excelling academically. He attended Bellahouston Academy.

While away at college he and his friends attended a bible study group. These 3 blokes turned heads walking in but came out as fitting young Christians. That’s when Joe decided to dedicate himself as one of Jehovahs Witnesses. While in attendance at his first convention in Edinburgh Scotland he met the love of his life, Ann Carroll. They married and had 3 bundles Carol, Joanne, and Joseph all born in Poole, England. Then in 1966 Joe and Ann, the true adventurers, emigrated to Rockford Il. Ingersoll Milling Machine Company sponsored Joe and his wee family. In 1968 Joe accepted a position at Ballard Electric where he enjoyed working as an electrician within IBEW LU 364. After settling into the new country in true fashion they added a bonus baby, Elizabeth.

In 1987 Joe was asked to be partner of Ballard Companies where he headed up the engineering division. That is when Joe helped develop the concept of co-generation. This was revolutionary at the time to save money for companies but more importantly to help the environment. This ended up being a global endeavor. He had articles published in magazines and was a key note speaker in various global conferences. During this time he also touched many lives by serving as an elder for over 40 years where he provided spiritual support and encouragement to his local congregation. After a satisfying career, at Ballard Companies, he retired and embarked on a new journey alongside his beloved wife, Ann. In 1996 they decided to pioneer where they dedicated 70 hours a month to teach others about having a personal relationship with Jehovah God. This was the career choice Joe was most proud of.

One of Joe’s favorite things was to travel. He and his wife had traveled over a million miles and visited 6 out of 7 continents. While many memories were made while traveling, his best memories have been spent with his family. He was elated to have 6 grandchildren; Kathryn (Daryl) & Stacy (Carol & Robert Ucker), Clayton (Joanne & Brent Jensen), Natalie & Emma (Joseph & Michelle Sinclair), and little Samuel (Elizabeth & Brian Deckard). He is also survived by his special sister and brother-in-law, Ena and Dave Handley; beloved nephews and nieces, Wayne (Johanne) Carroll, Lee (Denina) Carroll, Nova (Pete) Carroll, Dana (Tony) Carroll, Daniel (Caitlin) Handley, Andrew (Kelly) Handley, Billy, Margaret (Ron) Sparrow, and Karen (Andrew) Walters.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 3:00pm via Zoom meeting, a picture presentation will begin at 2:30pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses at,

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Meeting ID: 889 7140 2970

Passcode: 837675

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