Dosel Owen 'Hurry Hurry' Sinclair
Former Member of Parliament, Jamaica
Owen Sinclair was a Jamaican businessman, politician, and former Member of Parliament.
Early life and education
Dosel Owen 'Hurry Hurry' Sinclair was born in Mandeville, Machester, Jamaica on 15 July 1933 to Dossie and Ethlyn Sinclair. As a child, Sinclair attended the Zorn Primary School in Christiana Manchester, transferring to a school in neighbouring Devon when his family relocated there, and later the Bethany Moravian Church School. At age 15, he moved on to Homewood Practical Training Centre, where he completed his formal education in rural Jamaica.
He started work at his parents’ bakery in Devon before moving to Kingston. There, he worked for three years as a bus conductor and milk collector during the day while attending book-keeping classes in the evening. He later worked as a sales representative for British American Life Insurance Company. In October 1956, with the purchase of his first van, he started his business career, and would become the longstanding operator of Sinclair's Bargain Centre in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, which has 15 other locations in eight parishes.
Sinclair was a former Member of Parliament for Westmoreland Western for the People's National Party (PNP) and a former Custos of Westmoreland.
Sinclair was also a Justice of the Peace, a Rotarian, a former director of the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce, and a Freemason. He also serves as a member of the Frome High School Board and the Savanna-la-Mar Primary School, which he adopted in 1990.
A devout Anglican, Sinclair was the father of nine children, four of whom he adopted.
Honours and awards
Sinclair received several major awards, including the prestigious Order of Distinction in 1995, and the People’s National Party special award in 2013 for his years of support to the party and his contribution to nation building.
Owen Sinclair died on 21 February 2019. He was 86. His funeral was held on Saturday, 23 March 2019 at the St George’s Anglican Church in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, Jamaica.