Minister attending General Assembly in Edinburgh killed in road accident

Members of the Church have been saddened to hear of the tragic death of Rev Tom Sinclair in a traffic accident in Edinburgh last night (May 19, 2014).

The 76 year old minister, a commissioner at the General Assembly this week, was on Waverley Bridge walking across the entrance road to Waverley station, when he was in collision with a car.

The incident happened when the Assembly finished for the day just after 17.00.

The Moderator, the Rt Rev John Chalmers remembered Tom and his family in prayers at the start of the Assembly (today May 20) and assured the family that the prayers of the whole Church would continue to be with them.

He said: “The news of Tom’s death in such tragic circumstances came as a terrible shock to the General Assembly. Tom Sinclair loved the Church of Scotland and loved General Assembly, we mourn his loss and we commend his wife and family to the care of the community of faith and to the grace God.

“Tom’s death is a painful tragedy for his wife and family and will come as real blow to the Presbytery of Lewis which he was still serving as Presbytery Clerk.”

Mr Sinclair, originally from Glasgow, was Clerk to the Presbytery of Lewis for over 30 years. He is survived by his wife Pam and a son Jonathan, 43 who lives in Edinburgh.

Mr Sinclair entered the ministry young after studies at Trinity College Glasgow. He completed his probation in Aberdeen Holburn Central with the legendary Dr Knox.

His first parish was Scourie in Sutherland - (now known as Eddrachillis). He later moved to Martin’s Memorial, Stornoway in the seventies where he served for almost 30 years.