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Fred Sinko | 1968 - 2019

Staff Announcement by The Stratford Festival, February 6, 2019.

Our thoughts are with the family of Fred Sinko, a stage door guard here for 21 seasons, who sadly passed away yesterday at the age of 51.

Fred’s association with the Festival went back to his teen years, when he spent the summer of 1984 selling our Souvenir Programs. He began his full-time career in the food industry, then went on to become a correctional officer, working at the Stratford Jail from 1990 to 1995 and at the Bluewater Youth Centre in Goderich from 1995 to 1996.

Switching careers, Fred joined our seasonal maintenance team in 1997, and then in the spring of 1999 he took on the long-time role that made him such a familiar face to our company and staff. His cheerful presence and mischievous sense of humour are sadly missed.

We offer our deepest condolences to Fred’s wife, Cindy, and the rest of his family, and to his many friends, both here at the Festival and elsewhere.

Fred’s funeral will be at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, this Friday at 11 a.m., with visitation tomorrow (Thursday) from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

For more information, please see the link below:

As presented by the Stratford Beacon Herald, February 5, 2019.

SINKO , Frederick - Frederick (Fred) Paul Sinko, age 51, of Tavistock, passed away peacefully on February 5, 2019 with his loving spouse at his side after a hard fought and lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. Beloved husband of Cindy for 10 years and dad to their big orange tabby, Mr. Humphries. He was the son of the late Anton and Elizabeth (Glosnek) Sinko. He is survived by brothers Joe (Deborah), Frank (Brenda), John, Dave (Karin) and her sister Donna Wood (Jeff), mother-in-law Ritva Farmer and sisters-in-law Karen VandenBrink (Rob) and Susan McCallum (John) and numerous nieces and nephews. Fred had a varied career that included working in the food industry before moving on to the Ministry of Corrections, followed by 20 plus years at the Stratford Festival. Fred was an avid fan of the Blue Jays and Toronto Maple Leafs. He enjoyed cottaging, road trips, cars and photography. Fred also enjoyed being a prankster, as attested to by his family, friends and co-workers, including Joseph Puglia. Friends and family may call at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron St., Stratford, on Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. The funeral service will take place at the funeral home on Friday, February 8 at 11 a.m., followed by interment at Avondale Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Canada or to the Stratford Perth Humane Society through the funeral home. 519.271.7411

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