Richard M. “Pop” Sinclair passed away on June 27th, 2023, in Schertz, Texas and will be greatly missed.
Richard Michael was born on October 29th, 1947 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the child of Donald and Rosemary Sinclair. Growing up from humble beginnings, “Dickie” learned from a young age to find peace and solitude in nature, especially at the beach or fishing. He participated in all sports and loved his mom’s cooking.
His youth was spent on the water; his future would look towards the sky. In 1967, Dick enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served in the Vietnam War. He retired from the USAF in 1986, having been awarded several medals including: the Meritorious Service Medal for his outstanding performance and leadership, Small Arms Expert Marksman, and the Air Force Outstanding Unit with Valor with Bronze and Silver Oak Clusters. Between active duty and 20 more years in civil service, Pop honorably served his country with a distinguished career of four decades.
Known for charisma and wit, Richard was the life of every party and never met a stranger. He was gifted with a Servant’s Heart, volunteering at church and at the Autumn Winds Retirement Home as “Santa Pop.” He moved through the world with a singular warmth, a friendly gleam in his eyes, and always a song or a whistle- especially right before he was about to partake in a meal!
Above all else, he is cherished as a devoted father and grandfather. Pop's treasure in this life was his family. He was steadfast and dedicated in providing for them, creating unforgettable memories, and instilling lessons of faith, fiscal responsibility, and civic duty. He found the most joy in the simple things, especially fishing and spending time with his family.
Richard is survived by Betty, his wife of 45 years, brothers Donald “Sandy” and Brian “Scott”, and five children: Mary and Paul Kowalski of Schertz, TX; Mike and Renaé Sinclair of Houston, TX; John Sinclair of Schertz, TX; Christine and Derrik Cramer of Cibolo, TX; Kimberly Sinclair of San Antonio, TX; as well as nine grandchildren: Garrett, Caylee “Max”, Silas, Dorian, Caleb, Joshua, Corbyn, Asher, and Malachi.
Pop was dedicated in his military career and cherished his role as a disabled vet. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Disabled American Vets in Pop’s name by following this link: support.DAV.org/campaign/PopSinclair.
Memorial Services will be at 10:00 am on July 12, 2023 at the River City Church located 16765 Lookout Rd, Selma, TX 78154.