George Edward Reinhardt Jr. of Palos Verdes Estates, California, age 83, passed away on March 20, 2013. He was born on April 29, 1929 to George Edward and Mae Ruffing Reinhardt in Paterson, New Jersey. He is survived by his wife, Betty Ann, his sons, Mark, George III and James, their wives, Marion, Shawn and Marta and his grandchildren, Leslie Reinhardt Duncan, daughter of Mark and Marion and George Edward Reinhardt IV, son of George and Shawn. Mr. Reinhardt is a graduate of New York University and served honorably in the United States Marine Corps. On November 22, 1952 he was married to Betty Ann Monahan at age 22, with whom he had his first son, Mark, three years later. He purchased their first family home in Oakland, New Jersey where they raised their sons.
After working as Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Reinhardt joined Bergen Drug Company of Hackensack, New Jersey as treasurer and senior financial officer. In 1969, Bergen Drug merged with a larger west coast company Brunswig Drug. The newly combined public company, Bergen Brunswig Corporation, then moved its headquarters from Century City California to Orange California. As the organization evolved and grew, Mr. Reinhardt rose to become the company's treasurer and chief financial officer as well as a member of its board. The long term contributions of Mr. Reinhardt were a large part of how Bergen Brunswig Corporation grew into a prosperous, multi-billion dollar enterprise. In the early 1970's, Mr. Reinhardt moved his parents, wife and children to Palos Verdes Estates, California, where he became an avid sailor. He enjoyed spending hours on the ocean, sailing off his beloved Palos Verdes Peninsula or just bobbing dockside, gazing out at the horizon, tanned by the California sun. Though he enjoyed these leisurely, peaceful moments, work and family were always his first priorities and his diligence and continual success provided a loving and joyous home, and eventually, a cherished tradition of destination reunions for his family. Beloved father and grandfather, his infinite support and generosity toward his loved ones has enabled each of them to realize their ambitions, leaving a legacy of achievement in his wake that will last generations. A memorial mass in celebration of Mr. Reinhardt's life will be held on Saturday, April 20 at 3:00 pm at Green Hills Mortuary and Memorial Chapel, 27501 South Western Avenue, Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Apr. 19, 2013