ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Leila Albertha Sinclair-McFarlane, 74 years old, born on March 17, 1947, and passed away on May 2, 2021. We will remember her forever.

"So sad and sudden came your call; your sudden death has shocked us all. God took you home, it was his will and in our hearts you liveth still"
Posted by Shante Tyndall on May 30, 2021
Reflection of the life of Leila Albertha Sinclair-McFarlane

As the fifth child of a family of ten she was my sister, mentor and a friend. Who took time out to talk to me. I can't remember how we got so attached. she was always there for me. Leila liked to dress to match from head to toe, I can remember one time she made a yellow figured dress, bought a yellow umbrella and yellow pair of shoes and bag. That is how unique she was. She was my number one seamstress. I remember she made a peach check dress, it was my perfect fit. I wore it as if it was my uniform and when it got washed out and torn I patched it up and continued wearing it. It was on our mothers 50th birthday when my mother had her first attack of a stroke. Leila was at agriculture school, hearing the news Leila terminated her programme and returned home to help care for mum.

As time went by, Leila started nursing school at New Amsterdam hospital and her shopping centre was Danny's general store. I was given the opportunity to shop with her and even granted the privilege to shop for myself. Then, this companionship was broken when she went off to Jamaica. Many nights my pillow became a pond as I cried for her; as she was the only one who loved and cared for me.

As time went by she left Jamaica and went to Scotland and then England. Although we did not have modern things like telephones we communicated on a regular basis through letters and whenever she visited Guyana my package was sure. On her last visit to Guyana we went to fish, which she enjoyed and had plans to return and to have some more fun. Two days before her return to London she suggested that we visit all of the senior folks in the village. This we did not knowing this would be her last walk through the village of her birth.

When I learnt she was losing her memory I pledged that once she comes home I will take care of her but this did not work out. As I pen these lines I cant hold back the tears for a sister who was so dear to me. Sleep on Leila, gone but not forgotten.

Love Yolande
Posted by Shante Tyndall on May 29, 2021
We have lost a beautiful soul but we have not lost the memories Leila Sinclair-McFarlane has given to all those that knew her. May her soul rest in peace.

-Cheryl and aunt Francis children
Posted by Shante Tyndall on May 29, 2021
My memory of Leila McFarlane nee Sinclair goes back to childhood. She was a combination of Brains, Beauty and Bronze interwoven with skill. She had an eye for beauty and fine art. Elvis was her idol, so it was no surprise that she married a white dude.
Leila's love and commitment to family was extraordinary. I personally, benefited from her kindness even before I became family.
I would of liked for us to meet and to speak but illness and death did not allow.
I have lost one of my wonderful sister in laws but that's how life is. May God grant her soul eternal rest. My condolences to Len.

-Stanton Adams
Posted by Shante Tyndall on May 29, 2021
A tribute to Leila Sinclair McFarlane

L-loving
E-enthusiastic
I- intelligent
L-loyal
A-adorable

Put them together, they tell me of the character of this noble woman, which is beyond measure.
She will be greatly missed my all.
May her soul rest in perfect peace and rise in glory.
Sleep on our beloved, sleep and take your rest until resurrection morning.
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

-Clarice Demattos
Posted by Shante Tyndall on May 29, 2021
L- loving
E-enthusiastic
I-intentional
L-laudable
A-amicable

My sister Leila Albertha Sinclair-McFarlane was all of the above and more. My sister was unique. A very supportive and loyal friend.
I remembered the fun times she shared with us as children and the pretty dresses she made for us. She was resilient whenever life threw its challenges at her. - " a strong tower". She was persistent and consistent in whatever she did. You will be remembered my sister...I will miss you my sister.
Sleep in Jesus!

-Carol Adams 
Posted by Shante Tyndall on May 29, 2021
Aunty, I miss you so much that words cannot be found to express my profound emptiness; our last conversation was our anticipation of lockdown being lifted and us sharing precious time together, entering your home.
I am happy we were able to have the opportunity to express our , love, anger, disappointment, and expectations.
Aunty, I am happy you were part of my early years foundation, you were always there for me; it’s so sad even to think that I am writing this message that you will never get to read. I know you are not ignoring me, you are just resting awaiting the trumpet of the Lord.
Aunty, for all the kind words and encouragement you gave to my family and I , I will always be so grateful; you were always at the other end of the phone. Our children are missing you and are trying to come to terms with your passing. Jenai was looking forward to you making her wedding dress; we know that dress would have been made with love, style and perfection. Shante pants , is missing you , she misses your calls, text and all the laughter, love and advice you give to her. Andre was really looking forward to assisting in caring for you. Aunty, your absence is felt so much; Otis said he has no reason to go to the north anymore. He made special trips just to see you. I am happy you had the opportunity to see Dellie and Op’s children; to laugh and play with them. We are blessed to have you as a aunty, mother and grandmother. Micheal and I will miss all the lovely things you did with us and for us. In life, you allowed me to express to you that you are the wind beneath my wings, forever and always.
Missing you.

-Sonia

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Posted by Shante Tyndall on May 30, 2021
Reflection of the life of Leila Albertha Sinclair-McFarlane

As the fifth child of a family of ten she was my sister, mentor and a friend. Who took time out to talk to me. I can't remember how we got so attached. she was always there for me. Leila liked to dress to match from head to toe, I can remember one time she made a yellow figured dress, bought a yellow umbrella and yellow pair of shoes and bag. That is how unique she was. She was my number one seamstress. I remember she made a peach check dress, it was my perfect fit. I wore it as if it was my uniform and when it got washed out and torn I patched it up and continued wearing it. It was on our mothers 50th birthday when my mother had her first attack of a stroke. Leila was at agriculture school, hearing the news Leila terminated her programme and returned home to help care for mum.

As time went by, Leila started nursing school at New Amsterdam hospital and her shopping centre was Danny's general store. I was given the opportunity to shop with her and even granted the privilege to shop for myself. Then, this companionship was broken when she went off to Jamaica. Many nights my pillow became a pond as I cried for her; as she was the only one who loved and cared for me.

As time went by she left Jamaica and went to Scotland and then England. Although we did not have modern things like telephones we communicated on a regular basis through letters and whenever she visited Guyana my package was sure. On her last visit to Guyana we went to fish, which she enjoyed and had plans to return and to have some more fun. Two days before her return to London she suggested that we visit all of the senior folks in the village. This we did not knowing this would be her last walk through the village of her birth.

When I learnt she was losing her memory I pledged that once she comes home I will take care of her but this did not work out. As I pen these lines I cant hold back the tears for a sister who was so dear to me. Sleep on Leila, gone but not forgotten.

Love Yolande
Posted by Shante Tyndall on May 29, 2021
We have lost a beautiful soul but we have not lost the memories Leila Sinclair-McFarlane has given to all those that knew her. May her soul rest in peace.

-Cheryl and aunt Francis children
Posted by Shante Tyndall on May 29, 2021
My memory of Leila McFarlane nee Sinclair goes back to childhood. She was a combination of Brains, Beauty and Bronze interwoven with skill. She had an eye for beauty and fine art. Elvis was her idol, so it was no surprise that she married a white dude.
Leila's love and commitment to family was extraordinary. I personally, benefited from her kindness even before I became family.
I would of liked for us to meet and to speak but illness and death did not allow.
I have lost one of my wonderful sister in laws but that's how life is. May God grant her soul eternal rest. My condolences to Len.

-Stanton Adams
her Life

Eulogy

Leila Albertha Sinclair – MFarlane was born on March 17, 1947 at Sandvoort Village, West Canje, Berbice, Guyana. She was the second girl and the fifth child born to Alford and Tabitha Sinclair.

Leila grew up in Sandvoort with her siblings and extended family. She had her formal education at St Ambrose Anglican School, then Grant’s Commercial and completed her secondary education at Berbice Educational Institute (B.E.I) where she distinguished herself as an excellent student.

After gaining her O’Levels, Leila applied and was accepted into the Guyana School of Agriculture to be an Agricultural Consultant, unfortunately she did not complete her training and returned home because of her mother’s illness.

Leila’s dream was to become a Medical Doctor but because of financial constraints she could not have pursued that dream. She then, pursued a career in Nursing.

While waiting to enter New Amsterdam Hospital School of Nursing, Leila went to work at her aunt’s and uncle-in-law store in Linden. She returned to Sandvoort and entered New Amsterdam Hospital Nursing School in 1969. Leila was brilliant, ambitious, and assertive at home and wherever else she went. She topped her class throughout her nursing training. In Clinical Practice, she excelled and was chosen for special training at the Ophthalmology Department of the Georgetown Hospital. Upon the completion of training, Leila returned to New Amsterdam Hospital and managed the Ophthalmology Department for many years, training other nurses in this speciality.

Leila was adventurous, she left Guyana in 1974 for Jamaica where she did not know anyone there. She only had a pen-pal (friend). She worked at Black River Hospital where she worked as a registered nurse.

In 1979 she left Jamaica for Scotland where she did her training to become a mid-wife. She worked in Scotland for a short while. Then in 1980 she moved to England where she did her training in Psychiatry.

She worked in several hospitals in London in the field of Mental Health. Leila continued her studies and gained her BSc (Hons) in Psychology from “Open University" in 1995. She also, held a diploma in Child-Care and wrote and passed U.S.A Nursing Licensure Exams. She retired as Assistant Ward Manager (Psychiatry) in 1997.

Leila met the love of her life, Leonard McFarlane in the summer of 1983, they got married in February 2, 1985. Their union lasted until the time of her passing.

Leila was a nurse, florist, had extra-ordinary culinary skills as cake-maker and decorator, cook, writer, poet, seamstress and gardener. She was a stickler for perfection to the extent that she used a ‘Spirit-level’ to measure the exact placement for her decorations on her cakes.

To her younger siblings (the girls) we refer to her as “Miss Perkins” a name she never knew of; she wanted everything she did, done perfectly.

Leila departed this life on Sunday, May 2, 2021. She leaves to mourn her husband, Len, five sisters, Avis, Sylvia, Sheila, Yolande and Carol, three brothers – Thourold, James and Alphod, foster daughter Sonia, son in-law Michael, grandchildren Andre, Jenai and Shanté, and numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great- nephews, cousins and friends.

Sleep on beloved, you will always live in our hearts.

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