Peter Sinclair, 90, of West Hurley, New York died on January 1, 2021. Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home handled cremation arrangements. Peter is survived by his son Gerrit (Beth) Sinclair, Bloomington, Illinois and son-in-law Thomas Gran, Saugerties, New York; grandchildren Bennett and Annie Sinclair and Elliana, Lukas, and Lena Gran; and dear friend Roberta Jeracka, as well as many other friends, colleagues, and fellow local architectural history enthusiasts. Peter’s daughter Kristin Sinclair Gran preceded him in death.
Peter was born on November 12, 1930 to Gerrit and Katharine(Springer) Sinclair in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After graduating from Riverside High School, he received a BFA in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Peter went on to teach college-level art in Saskatchewan, Canada, and continued his teaching career at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
In 1968, Peter moved his family to Manhattan, New York, where he founded and operated The Base Company, a small business dedicated to fabricating artifact display armatures for collectors and museums. The family later relocated to West Hurley, New York, where Peter continued his business and became interested in the history of early-European colonization of the Hudson Valley.
Peter founded the Society for the Preservation of Hudson Valley Vernacular Architecture in the late 1980s. He was passionate about this topic and was lucky to be part of a wonderful community of like-minded people.
Peter’s family would like to thank Hudson Valley Hospice for the care they provided Peter and for the compassion they extended to everyone who loved him. In addition, the family is especially grateful to Peter’s caretaker, Leebert Williams, for the years of companionship, friendship, and loyalty.
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