Funeral Notice. Janette E. STAFFORD, daughter of J. S. and Mrs. J. K. STAFFORD.


Sudden Death of Col. W. M. Stafford

Col. William M. Stafford died very suddenly yesterday morning at his residence of pneumonia. On Saturday last he took to his bed with a severe cold and for a time his friends and physician cherished the hope that it was only a cold; but on Sunday morning, symptoms of pneumonia, the dred disease of this climate, set in and it was apparent to his nurses and most watchful friends, that the days of the old pioneer were numbered. He had no idea himself that he was seriously ill, and only the evening before his death he assured a TIMES-REVIEW reporter, who called on him, that he was mending, would soon be able to resume his business. Alas, for human hopes! That night he was taken worse, and early yesterday morning he surrendered to the King of Terrors. His death has cast a gloom of the entire community for no man was more popular or had more friends than he. Col. Stafford was a native of Louisiana, but left his home at the time of the gold excitement in California and arrived on this coast in the spring of 1850. For a number of years he practiced his profession in California, and afterwards removed to Montana, where he took a prominent position as a lawyer. Some ten years ago he came to Elko county and practiced his profession at the county seat until April last when he removed to Rock Creek, then a promising camp, and there held the position of Justice of the Peace. When that town went down last August, he came to Tuscarora, and has since resided here. He was a candidate for the office of District Judge this year, but was defeated in the Republican convention by a small vote. Wherever he was known, he was popular. His heart was set to the music of friendship, and the announcement of his sudden demise will carry sorrow to many a fireside on this coast. Col. Stafford was warm hearted and generous to a fault. No one in distress or trouble ever made a vain appeal to him, and upon none more than the poor and needy will the news of his death fall more heavily. He will be buried in the cemetery here at two o'clock this afternoon, under the auspices of the order of F.& A. M. of which he has been a member for many years. Funeral services will be held at the grave.

Tucson Citizen
Monday, April 29, 1991
'Spirit' of St. Philip's Church, Harry B. Sinclair, dies at 82

Citizen Staff Writer

Memorial services for Harry B. Sinclair will be held Wednesday at St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church, where the former Tucson advertising executive volunteered his time.

Mr. Sinclair, 82, died Saturday of heart failure.

"He was St. Philip's, he was the spirit of St. Philip's," said the Rev. Roger O. Douglas, who will officiate at the services.

Mr. Sinclair, he said, had held most every position in the church."

He had served as church warden, vestryman and junior warden, as well as a delegate to the Arizona Diocesan Convention.

The services will begin at 4 p.m. at the church, on North Campbell Avenue at East River Road.

Mr. Sinclair founded and operated the Sinclair Advertising Agency, and was an active member of the Kiwanis Club, Skyline Country Club and Quail Valley Tennis Club.

"He was well known in the tennis world in Tucson," Douglas said. "He was a magnificent (player) for his age."

He frequently attended the tennis matches at Wimbledon and had reservations for the coming French Open, despite his poor health.

Mr. Sinclair was born in Galveston, Texas, and graduated from Cornell University at Ithaca. N.Y., in 1930.

An asthma and arthritis sufferer, he came to Tucson for health reasons in 1946 with his wife, Kay, who died in 1977.

He served in the Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945, and was discharged as a lieutenant colonel.

"I'd say he was one of the most popular men in town," Douglas said. "He's the kind of guy who in his 80s was taking courses at the University (of Arizona). He was the kind of person everybody looked toward as a friend. He was very, very special."

Mr. Sinclair is survived by two sons, Donald of Tucson and Steve of Phoenix.

The family suggests contributions be made to The Harry Sinclair Memorial Fund, Arizona Arthritis Center, University Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson 85726, or to St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church. P.O. Box 41028, Tucson 85717.