Memories of our friend and colleague Kevin Angus Sinex

A note from Carolyn Carter, Angus’ Mother

My One and Only Son

Kevin “Angus” Sinex was born March 23, 1963 in the double overtime of the NCAA basketball finals between Loyola and Cincinnati. So what does that tell you? Of course, I was totally oblivious to that fact but his father had a hard time deciding which event had priority – just kidding. Other than driving the nuns absolutely crazy during grade school (grades 1-8) he led a fairly normal life. I was totally unaware of the name “Angus” until I saw it on his high school diploma. He then pursued his life as a “roadie”, going on the road with R&R bands. Most of the time I did not know where he was but he would call at least once a month. My husband and I moved to Florida in January 1984. Kevin came to visit soon after. He drove from Indiana to Florida in a souped up yellow VW beetle, oversized tires, and, yes, the pipe sticking out of the rear end motor. He and I went to pick up a pizza, driving through town bouncing up and down. The car had to be parked on a slight down-hill grade so it would roll to get it started. Sometime later he informed us he was doing a gig in Clearwater and we met him for dinner. Arriving at the hotel room where he supposedly was staying, I knocked on the door and asked for Kevin…the guy said there was nobody there by that name. Momentarily, another guy came up and was asked if he knew Kevin Sinex…he laughed and said “oh, you mean Angus?”

Regarding his crazy schedule and long hours, it took a long time to convince him that not everyone was up and awake past midnight, and we agreed no non-emergency calls after 10:00 pm. I will so miss those calls “hello, mommy”. So much has happened in his lifetime I can’t begin to remember all. I will never understand how one with only a high school education could have been so successful in life, excelled in electronics, etc., found such a wonderful wife and fathered two remarkable daughters. He loved life, he lived life, he shared his success with all. He was always there when we needed him and then some.

Kevin shared many stories of his work/personal life with me but one of the work related stories stands out in my mind. Once he had gained “status” he traveled first class. On one trip the airline messed up and didn’t seat him in first class. Well, they were certainly made aware of this but he still wasn’t seated first class. After takeoff, the flight attendant was convinced (via airline personnel) that Kevin was “platinum”. The attendant apologized and asked Kevin how they could make amends, perhaps a couple of drink tickets? Kevin’s reply “how about 20”? The flight attendant reluctantly agreed and brought the tickets. When he returned for drink orders Kevin ordered 2 bottled waters. The attendant said “but you have drink tickets and you ordered water?” Kevin said “I don’t drink”. Twenty people seated around Kevin placed drink orders (alcoholic) and presented drink tickets. Kevin’s comment to the attendant “that’s a get even”.

I am so proud of Kevin and to be able to share in this wonderful website. You will never know what this means to all of our family. I truly wish that he was here to read all the comments…..well knowing him he probably is. Our lives will never be the same, we miss him terribly, but we will survive because he said so.

Thanks to all,
Carolyn Carter
Kevin’s mom

One Response to “A note from Carolyn Carter, Angus’ Mother”

  1. Carolyn,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers. I only met your son briefly but what a full of life guy who really adored his mother.You have precious memories caught on tape….if I can help in any way, just call.
    You have a Bayfront family that loves you,too.

    Bev

  2. Polly & I are Kevins’ aunt & uncle and have been fortunate enough to spend the last several holidays with Kevin/Angus & his family in their home. We have been adopted by his daughters as official Grandparents of Trista & Shawnee. Kevin was the peson that could be forever gracious in everything he did and said and yet that sense of humor made everyone around you laugh until you couldn’t stop. he had a heart of gold and when Polly had breast cancer surgery, you know who was the one to show up at the hospital to help her go home, And hold her hand and comfort her when she was home. He brought hand drawn presents from the girls and they too are quick to share everything they have with everyone that is visiting.
    Polly & I were at the house by late morning after the accident, and even though we were all sad at what had happened, I told the girls that their Dad was watching them and know they miss him, he wants them to get on with their life and remember him for the good person he was.
    We will miss him but we will also share all his wit, friendliness, and above all, his ability to make everyone know that life can be a bowl of cherries. We love you Kevin/Angus.
    Dick

  3. Carolyn,

  4. I met you briefly when Wheel was in Ft. Lauderdale. I have never known a more devoted son than yours. He once told me a story about crashing your car and vowing to buy you one someday. He did, and made you computer-savvy by getting you an Apple. He so adored you. I’m thankful and truly honored that he shared many personal stories with me, and most of them revolved around his amazing girls and you. Carolyn, you must be as incredible as he described you to have raised such a phenomenal person. Angus will always be in my heart. Thank-you for bringing him into this world.

  5. I met you briefly when Wheel was in Ft. Lauderdale. I have never known a more devoted son than yours. He once told me a story about crashing your car and vowing to buy you one someday. He did, and made you computer-savvy by getting you an Apple. He so adored you. I’m thankful and truly honored that he shared many personal stories with me, and most of them revolved around his amazing girls and you. Carolyn, you must be as incredible as he described you to have raised such a phenomenal person. Angus will always be in my heart. Thank-you for bringing him into this world.

  6. Carolyn, thank you for sending me this link to the website. After reading your “Note from Angus’ Mother” I wish I had had the opportunity to meet Kevin and his family. I loved the stories about the VW and the airline. He sounded like a fun loving person, someone I wish I knew.

    It was stated that “he so adored you” and I know that to be true just because of the person you are. And I know you “raised a phenomenal person” because after all, the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree. You, too are a phenomenal person. You have been so kind to my children. You always treated them as if they were your “real” grandkids. It’s another testimonial to the wonderful person Kevin was because he has a wonderful mother.

    Thanks for sharing. So enjoyed the website.
    Love,
    Sandy

  7. I stumbled into this site while surfing the net tonight for “Mannekin” information. One thing lead to another and then I learned about the accident. I read earlier somewhere that if ever met Angus you knew how big of a character he was. Funny thing I guess, I met Angus one night during a Mannekin show in Fort Worth Texas (had to be ’85 or ’86 give or take a few years). I remember going back to the hotel to talk about light shows/production (it was probably around that time we were looking at putting a band together and looking for pointers). Anyway, Angus put up with our questions and I remember kept us in stitches laughing so hard. He kept saying some crazy about “eating the arm”. Never knew what the hell he was really saying but he cracked us up. Great guy, its been what, 22 or 23 years ago and I still remembered his name, he left an impression on us. For years, we would ramble of the “eat the whole arm” or whatever it was he kept saying that night. Its funny how sitting talking with a person one night would be a lasting memory. From the way it sounds, Angus was that kind of person.

    Sorry to hear about the accident and his passing. It looks like he was truly blessed with a great family and career.

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  15. Hi Carolyn,
    Just read your amazing memo on here.I can’t believe it’s been 5 years now. I do remember Kevin since I was in the Class of 1981. It’s funny, my Mother and I were out this morning looking at houses because I’m about to buy my 1st home, tired of renting, and I guess I got sentimental, thinking about old times, old friends, high school. It’s this time of year always puts me back to 1981, all the hopes and dreams. I just want to say how sorry I feel for you and your family at the loss of Kevin. I’m sure your grief is still there at times, with a song you hear, or you see one of his old friends, but it sure sounds like he had a rich, fun, productive life as an adult after high school. I hope the memories and happy times will always sustain you my dear!! God Bless You and Your Family!!

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