ZINCK, St. Clair Dennison


Of Lower Northfield: It is with deep regret we announce his passing on May 17, 2019 at age 87 years and 12 days in South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater. Born in Sweetland to the late Ellen and Fred Zinck. He is survived by his children, Nelson (Shelly), Debbie (Pat) Larder, and Corry; grandchildren, Tiffani, Hunter, Chad, and Remington and great-grandson, Ethan; sisters, Joyce (Ozzie) Wile, Dianne (Paul) Deamone and brother, Merle (Elaine); sister-in-law Monica; special friend, Helen Ernst; several cousins, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, St. Clair F.I. and brother, Charles. At age 17, he left home and started working in the woods; later he operated a heavy construction crane building bridges for Department of Highways throughout Nova Scotia for fifteen years. He moved to Halifax and operated overhead cranes for Halifax Shipyards for thirty-five years, until retirement. St. Clair was a great musician. At a very young age, his mother influenced and assisted him to play fiddle but he put the fiddle down for a time to learn and play guitar. His idol was always Hank Snow. His father played fiddle as well. Playing fiddle at as many house parties as possible, entertaining at hospitals and nursing homes, dances, and at the local county jams, gave him great joy. The greatest pleasure for him was to compete at annual fiddle contests, some of which were held in Dartmouth, Sackville, Musquodoboit Harbour and River John, and to win, where he won twelve firsts, and several seconds, and became a Champion Fiddler. St. Clair was a member of Hillcrest Masonic Lodge #93, New Germany. Visitation was held Monday, May 20, 7 to 9 p.m. at Sweeny’s Funeral Home, Bridgewater, with a Masonic Tribute Service at 6:30 p.m. Funeral service was Tuesday, May 21, at 2 p.m. from St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, West Northfield. Pastor Svante Olson officiated. Lucille Silver was organist and hymns were “In The Garden” and “Amazing Grace”. Special friend, Bruce Crouse, shared a very personal and fitting eulogy. Special music was provided by friends Wayne Hiltz, Doug Kenney, and Jimmy Manuel, who played "Fiddle Fingers" and St. Clair's famous "Hunter’s Reel", which he composed for his oldest grandson, Hunter. Private family interment was at Maple Grove Cemetery, West Northfield. Pall bearers were friends Ray Hill, Bruce Crouse, Ron MacIssac, Jeffrey Brown, Lee Nauss and Gordon Zinck. Beautiful floral tributes were: casket spray: Joyce and Ozzie; Dianne and Paul; Merle and Elaine and Monica; single red rose in casket: Helen; vase of flowers: Nelson, Shelly, Hunter and Remington; Debbie, Darren, Tiffani, Ethan and Corry; vase of flowers: Shana, Roger, Jocelyn and Camden; Andrew, Joanne, Tyler, Lucas and Evan; vase of flowers: Angie, Darrell and Ben; Kelli, John and Nick; Kim, Ian and Dylan; Christopher, Zack and Jaelynn; vase of flowers: Jeff and Patti; Wayde and Gina and Kathie; vase of red roses: Margaret Ann and Alan. Memorial donations were made to St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, All Saints Lutheran Church, St Luke’s Lutheran Church, Maple Grove Cemetery, Auburndale Cemetery, South Shore Regional Hospital, Health Service Foundation of South Shore, and the Cynthia & James Snyder Scholarship Fund.

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