John Sinal

John Sinal

It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of John Sinal on January 12th, 2015. “Big John” was born in Trail on May 22nd 1943.

He will be dearly missed by his partner Louann Lenarduzzi; his son Darin (Stacey); grandaughters Ainsley and Bryn; Louann’s son Jason Despins; and Maxy. He will also be missed by Willy Wilson and family; Terry Smith and family; Gerri Tullikopf and family.

John’s early employment started at local service stations where he developed his love of cars. Soon after, he joined Cominco and spent over 30 years working in the Lead Refinery before his retirement in 1997. In retirement, John could be found in his garage rebuilding Mustangs, boats, snow blowers and lawnmowers. John spent his winters in the rink enjoying all levels of hockey, especially the Jr. A Smoke Eaters. His summers were spent at Christina Lake (Swanks and Kingsley’s Campground) with family and friends. The last 5 years he devoted his time to filling the role of #1 Grandpa, driving, babysitting and watching his granddaughters in ALL their activities.

John was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Maria, his sisters Mary Wilson and Adela Hodgson, and his brother Joseph Sinal.

A casual gathering of family and friends in John’s memory for sharing of stories will take place on Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 1:00pm -3:00pm at Local 480 Union Hall. Bill Clark of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.

Should family and friends wish, donations in John’s memory can be made to the Greater Trail Minor Hockey Association and/or the Trail Jr. A Smoke Eaters Hockey Club.

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