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,