Timothy James Rhein
1941 - 2021
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Timothy James Rhein
February 13, 1941 - December 26, 2020
On December 26th, 2020, a beautiful soul left this earth. Timothy James Rhein, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away at the age of 79 in his beloved Carmel, CA.
He passed peacefully at home in the presence of his family. Tim is survived by his wife Kathy, his children Gretchen, Erika, Sheila and David, and his precious grandchildren Luke, Reid, Tyler, Kaitlyn, Leonardo, Brooklyn, Hunter and Alexandria. A native San Franciscan, Tim was born into an Irish-Italian family on February 13, 1941. He attended Saint Ignatius High School in San Francisco, Santa Clara University and pursued his graduate education at William and Mary College in Virginia.
Upon graduation, Tim began his life's journey as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He served in Germany and then Viet Nam, where he received the Bronze Star Medal. He also served at Fort Hood, and Fort Ord, where he met his wife Kathy, a school teacher in Carmel. They had a loving marriage for 55 years. When his military years ended, he embarked on a career with American President Lines (APL), one of the world's largest container ocean carriers, where he advanced to President and CEO. His career afforded him the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the world. Under Tim's leadership, APL became a member of the "Fortune 500". APL was the oldest continuously operating shipping company in America, and to quote the Congressional Record of 2001, "Timothy Rhein was a nimble and gutsy decision maker, and we in Washington will miss his understanding and knowledge as we continue our pursuit of a policy to promote a strong U.S. flag shipping presence".
While raising their family, Tim and Kathy settled in Marin County, CA, where they lived for 35 years. They built their vacation home at Lake Tahoe, where they spent every summer with their children and grandchildren since 1981. Upon Tim's retirement in 2001, Tim and Kathy returned to the Monterey Peninsula, and built a home in Pebble Beach, but eventually returned to the nearby town where they met, Carmel.
Tim will be remembered as a loving, positive, strong, and courageous man, and his laughter will echo throughout our hearts forever.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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January 19, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Poon Hor Sin Cindy
January 18, 2021
Mr Timothy J Rhein was one of two great men of the shipping industry I had the rare privilege to know and work for

In my 41 year career in ocean shipping no other person I ever knew could match Mr Rhein’s competence, courage and capabilities

He was an inspirational leader, a powerful warrior, and one of the most respectable men I have ever met in my entire life

Nothing in my life before 1985 and 1992 will ever leave a more powerfully indelible mark on my life, my career in ocean shipping, and my aspirations as a business man than the years I spent working with, and sometimes alongside Mr Rhein

He will forever live in my heart and in my soul as one of the two most admirable, exceptional, and positive role model in my 64 years to date

May God bless Mr Rhein and his family

His passing is an immeasurable loss not only to the Shipping Industry by also to the global business community and the human race
William Yonan
January 17, 2021
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January 17, 2021
I am shocked and saddened by the news of Tim's passing. He was always so vibrant and fun to be around. He was a close friend of my late husband, Mike, and they had many good times together. My heartfelt condolences to Kathy and the Rhein family. Our loss, Heaven's gain.
Jane Walker
January 17, 2021
I will always remember working with and for Tim.You were clearly someone I had tremendous respect and regard for. RIP My friend!!
Mic Dinsmore
January 17, 2021
One of my childhood friends. Memories of Lake Tahoe, playing hide and seek, hysterical games of "I Doubt It".

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