John P. Reinhardt
|Past President Bucks County Fire Police Association|
John P. Reinhardt passed away on Sunday, November 2, 2014. He was 79. John was the husband of Mary Hayse Reinhardt.
Born in Newark, New Jersey, he was the son of the late John P. and Minerva Stolz Reinhardt.
Mr. Reinhardt was a resident of Furlong since 1973. Prior to moving to Bucks County, he and his family resided in Omaha, Nebraska and Little Rock, Arkansas.
A graduate of Scott Township High School in Montdale, Lackawanna County in 1953, John went on to graduate cum laude from the University of Scranton in 1957, going to graduate school at the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis. Following his college career, he joined E.R. Squibb & Sons as a sales representative in Little Rock and Omaha. After holding many positions of increasing responsibility, he retired after 43 years as the Director of Operations Effectiveness for Bristol-Myers Squibb in Princeton, New Jersey.
John served in the U.S. Army Reserve in the 916th Surgical Hospital (mobile Army) from 1953 until 1963. Mr. Reinhardt was active in his family, high school, college and military reunion groups.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his four sons: John P. Reinhardt, III (Grace) of Wasilla, AK; David T. Reinhardt (Carol) of Maineville, OH; Thomas H. Reinhardt (Carol) of Quakertown and William R. Reinhardt (Nadine) of Pipersville. Also surviving are his four grandsons: Logan, Thomas and Dean Reinhardt and Richard Serafino (Tania), his granddaughter: Christine Serafino (Leonard); his four great-grandsons: Hayden and Kegan Reinhardt and Daniel Serafino and Leonard Levitt and his great-granddaughter: Alessia Serafino.
John and Mary enjoyed vacationing with their sons and later with their grandsons. Their itineraries included scenic, historic venues and visits with family across the country. Canadian fishing safaris with his sons were very special times for John.
Mr. Reinhardt was involved in many civic and community organizations throughout his life. While in Arkansas he was the president of the Southwest Little Rock Optimist Club. In Omaha, he and his wife were very active in the Omaha Rose Society, one of the largest garden clubs west of the Mississippi River. Mr. Reinhardt served as director and president of the Society in 1967.
He was an adult Scout leader for 27 years, retiring as Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 59 in Buckingham. He and his wife were also active members of the Delaware Valley Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America. He enjoyed collecting classic automobiles and participating in club tours. Another of his past-times was model trains.
John was 32° Mason, holding dual membership in Lehigh Valley Day Lodge #813 in Macungie and Doylestown Lodge #245, F and A.M. and was lodge Chaplain.
He was a member of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Allentown and sang in the Consistory Choir. John was also member of the York Rite bodies, Royal Arch Chapter Number 270, Mizpah Commandery Number 96 and Ancient Arabic Order of Mystic Shrine, Lu Lu Temple, Motor Patrol and the Southampton Square Club.
Mr. Reinhardt was a life member of the Midway Volunteer Fire Company in Lahaska where he served as treasurer and captain of the Special Fire Police. He received numerous service awards during his time with the fire company. John was also a life member and president of the Bucks County Fire Police Association. The Pennsylvania Fire Police Association named John “Fire Police Officer of the Year.” John was a member of the Bucks County Police Association and an associate member of the Bucks County Police Chiefs’ Association. He served his community as Judge of Elections, District 3, Doylestown Township for three terms.
Mr. Reinhardt was a member of Forest Grove Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder for many years. He also served as an Elder Commissioner to the 206th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Wichita, Kansas in l994 and was a member of the Pastoral Nominating Committee. He also served as chairman of the board of Mt. Gilead AME Church Association in Holicong. He was a member of the Franklin Horse Company (Buckingham) and the Union Horse Company (Doylestown.)
John, as a result of his participation in diverse organizations, made many friends. He treasured these friendships and was always ready to help a friend no matter what the situation.
Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, November 7 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, with a Masonic Service beginning at 5:45 p.m. on Friday evening.
His funeral service will be 11 a.m, Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Second Baptist Church of Doylestown, 6055 Swamp Road, Fountainville. Interment will follow in Forest Grove Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 1856 Forest Grove Road, Forest Grove, PA 18922.
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