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EAST PRICE HILL - Honesty, fairness and integrity. Those were the guiding principles that led George Meinhardt throughout his more than 45 years as a leader in the region's real estate industry.

On Tuesday morning, Mr. Meinhardt died suddenly of cardiac arrest at his home in East Price Hill. He was 72.

A vice president and partner of Grady Realtors, Mr. Meinhardt became an executive vice president with West Shell after the two firms merged in 1986. In 1991, he became a founding member and partner of Fairfield-based Star One Realtors Inc.

In addition to chairing multiple committees for the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors, Mr. Meinhardt twice served as the local trade group's president in 1982 and 1999. Among his top projects was crafting and signing the first agreement that gave local Realtors online computer access in 1982 - launching them into the early stages of the now highly technology-driven industry.

"George was a visionary," said Gene Snavely, executive vice president of the board of Realtors. "He was very well liked and respected across the industry and he inspired others to excel."

"George's passing will resonate deeply with the real estate community," said Pete Kopf, president of the Cincinnati Realtor Board. "George's leadership and contributions to our profession are invaluable. We will miss his smile, his wit, his energy and his love for life."

This year, Meinhardt was appointed to serve his 24th year as a director on the board of the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati. Dan Dressman, now executive director of the Home Builders, said Mr. Meinhardt had been a mentor for nearly 30 years.

"When I first went to work, I didn't even know what the term mortgage meant," said Dressman. "George trained me from the ground up. He was a go-to guy that we could always count on and he cared deeply about people."

Mark Meinhardt, a partner and manager at Star One, said his father's legacy lies in the professional and personal relationships he built throughout his lifetime.

"Integrity was his forte," he said. "Everything he did was with honesty, fairness and integrity. That's how he built his business and conducted his life."

In spite of his busy schedule, time with family was Meinhardt's top priority, his son said.

"He was a wonderful father, and somehow he managed to make it to all of our events," Mark Meinhardt said. "He was always supportive - not overbearing. He let us make out own way and learn from our mistakes and successes."

In the weeks before his death, Mark Meinhardt said his father helped a granddaughter write a college term paper about Cincinnati's East and West sides; went on a family spring break; attended a grandchild's art show at Mother of Mercy High School in Westwood - and managed to make a guest appearance last Friday at his daughter Sally Kolks' 5 a.m. party for the royal wedding in England.

"He even showed up in a tux," Mark Meinhardt said. "He just loved to be involved in our lives."

Mr. Meinhardt, a 1957 graduate of Elder High School and graduate of Xavier University, was passionate about his community and the region - serving two terms as Hamilton County's representative on the Kenton County Airport Board, which operates Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron.

In his neighborhood, he championed efforts to improve the community's streetscapes and stop plans for a barge terminal along riverfront, said Linda Parker, a neighbor of 10 years.

"He was a great leader, and one of the most delightful people on the planet," she said.

Mr. Meinhardt also made time to give back - hosting fundraisers for local Catholic high schools and the non-profits including Roselawn-based Pro Seniors Inc., which offers free legal services and long-term help to older adults. In the 1990s Meinhardt served on the board of Pro Seniors, a position his wife now holds.

"He had a special sense of warmth and goodwill, that made others want to get involved," said Rhonda Moore, executive director of Pro Seniors. "He and his wife Mary have been generous in every imaginable way - but they don't try to get any recognition themselves. They have quietly helped so many people."

Next week, Star One will celebrate its 20th anniversary.

"It won't be the same without him," said Paul Jacob, a partner at Star One. "He was the ultimate Realtor. I don't think there was anyone that he couldn't walk up to and strike up an easy conversation as if he'd be their friend forever. It's a sad day for the real estate community."

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary Meinhardt; six children, Mark Meinhardt of Green Township, Jenny Hartman of Delhi Township, Amy Thorson of Springboro, Sally Kolks of Liberty Township, Katy Meinhardt and Molly O'Dowd of Maineville; and 12 grandchildren. Meinhardt was preceded in death by his son, George Daniel Meinhardt, in 2000.

A visitation for Meinhardt is planned for 4:30 to 8 p.m. Friday in the gymnasium of Seton High School, 3901 Glenway Ave., East Price Hill.

A Mass of Christian Burial is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Lawrence Church, 3680 Warsaw Ave., East Price Hill.

Written by Lisa Bernard-Kuhn | lbernard@enquirer.com
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer from May 4 to May 5, 2011.
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September 28, 2012
Sally, I was trying to find you on Facebook, and found this obit for your dad. I am so sorry to know this, even a year and a half too late. I think of you from time to time. I hope all is well with you and your family. Vivien (formerly with ARDMS)
Vivien Carmichael
May 16, 2011
To the Meinhardt Family. George is missed. He was supportive of so many people and was a blessing on this earth. My prayers are with your family. Joyce Bea Sterling
Joyce Sterling
May 15, 2011
Jen, Mrs. Meinhardt & family, Jerry & l were so sorry to hear of Georges passing. Hannah had a very "special" Grandpa! He was always so cheerful to be around & so generous with his time & compliments to whomever he encountered. Our thoughts & prayers are with your entire family.
Jerry & Bev Weller
May 10, 2011
Mary, Mark, Katie, Jenny, Amy, Sally, Molly and families,
I am so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful, kind, honest, generous, compassionate and intelligent man! To know George was to truly love him! Thank you, George, for everything over the last 17 years. You will be sorely missed!
Candy Kadivnik
May 10, 2011
Remarkable man, remarkable partner Mary, remarkable family. Our world says thank you!
Joeline and Paul Lecture
May 10, 2011
Jenny and Mrs. Meinhardt, I wish I could reach out more personally, and hope you receive this.....many fond memories of your family. Hugs and prayers are with you, Amy Royer
May 10, 2011
We are saddened with the news of your family's loss. We are friends of Ann and Garry Hontz and were with them in San Francisco when they received this news. They were devastated and just heartbroken, as they think so much of Amy, Jim, and family. They just raved of the man that your husband was! We have met Amy and family a few times through them and liked them all immediately. I am sure it is a family trait :) We pray that you will find comfort in your memories and precious family as they surround you in love. Sincerely, Ginny Ferguson
May 10, 2011
You are in our thoughts.

--Bobby Schneider & Family
May 8, 2011
Mary,
I'm so sorry to learn of "Red's" passing and not being with you this weekend in our time of grief. Mom (Aunt Fran) tells me you had a very large turnout. We are sure he is now in Heaven with Our Lord, Danny, Sophie, and Michael. Red was an inspiration to all he touched. Hope to see you at our annual July Family Reunion....
Larry Emark
May 8, 2011
In my years as a staff person at the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors I have always enjoyed hearing George walk into our lobby and ring the bell. What an entrance he made!! He touched my life in a special way...can't think of him without smiling. He will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Meinhardt family (Mark & Katie).
Cathy Petersman
May 8, 2011
Mary, Mark and Missy....We wish we were in town to be wth you but know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Denny and Lois Doyle
May 8, 2011
Katy, I'm so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Katherine Harris
Katherine Harris
May 8, 2011
As I read George's obituary, I had both a tear in my eye and a smile on my face. When I read that he gave his grandaughter help with the east/west issue I laughed outloud.I hope she knows what bias means.
Jim Mussio
May 7, 2011
George was one of a kind, a wonderful person and will be greatly missed.
Juanita Gray
May 6, 2011
A month of rain has fallen upon us, but now the sun shines as George smiles down amongst all of us.

~Eric and Mindy Leonard
May 6, 2011
George is one of those people the world will miss greatly. George really loved everyone. You could feel the fatherly love from him. This world will never be the same without you!
Robin (Hegge) Bailey
May 6, 2011
To the Meinhardt Family...
Please accept the sympathy of my entire family and especially on behalf of our late father, Walter, the owner of Butterkist Bakery...and as such, one of your neighbors on West 8th Street to your pony keg. As a grade schooler in the 60's, one of the highlights of my week was my Saturday night trip to the bakery with Dad followed by a subsequent trip to Meinhardt's to get baseball cards. George made an impression on me even in the 2nd and 3rd grade. I would ask Dad about him frequently after he left the pony keg. He was one of the nicest and funniest men I've ever known. I am much richer for having known him. Greg Gruenwald, Schaumburg, IL
Greg Gruenwald
May 6, 2011
Katie - I just heard the news from Melanie. I am so sorry for your loss! As I read the article about him above, it's obvious he was a very special man. My prayers are with you and your family.
Margaret Feie
May 6, 2011
George was one of the most appreciated leaders in the Cincinnati Real Estate community. I feel honored to have known and worked with him for a few good, successful years. That's his personal style in business and personal communication that made him the prominent persona that he's always been. He will definitely be missed, not only by friends and family, but by his real estate extended family as well.
Catalin & Valerie Macarie
May 6, 2011
Dave and I always enjoyed hanging out with George. He always made you feel like he was so glad to see you. He was one of the most genuine people I have ever known. George....you will be deeply missed. Cindy & Dave Cherry
Cindy Cherry
May 6, 2011
I would like to express my condolences to Reds family, the few time I had got to spend time with Red and his family was a blessing to me he was a very open armed person he could make you feel like you have known him forever, I feel in the brief times I was able to spend with him and his family was wonderful. God bless everyone. Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson
May 6, 2011
I met Mr. Meinhardt almost two years ago when Molly and my brother, Tim, were married. Even in that short amount of time, he struck me as a wonderful person and I am sorry that I will not have the chance to get to know him better. My heart goes out to all of the family.
Renee ODowd
May 6, 2011
I am overwhelmed at the loss I feel. George and I became friends at the gym and I looked forward to our conversations. Even though I've only known George for a year or so, I considered him a very dear friend. I thank God for the gift of George in my life. My deepest sympathies are with the Meinhardt family. George, you will be missed!
Maureen Schwarber
May 6, 2011
My condolences to George's family. George brought me into his extended family in 1972 after I graduated from Elder and he hired me at the Pony Keg. Thanks to him I was able to pay for college and to work with the Meinhardt gang - Cowboy, Arlo, etc. He was a great boss and a great guy. Steve Ward
Steve Ward
May 6, 2011
Unbelievable loss of a very special neighbor . We are proud to have known George and been blessed with his friendship. Our prayers to Mary and his family.. Dan and Diana
May 5, 2011
George had such a gift of making everyone feel special. Heaven is a better place with him as an angel, but those of us here on Earth will truly miss him! My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Meinhardt and Star One family.
Amanda Carter
May 5, 2011
George was one of a kind! He always made you feel special and was always there when you needed him. He really knew how to enjoy life! He's an inspiration to so many people including myself. My deepest sympathy goes out to the Meinhardt Family. Sincerely,
Diane Wiesmann
May 5, 2011
My heart just aches for the whole Meinhardt family. George was a wonderful, caring man and I will miss his smiling face.
Nancy Borin
May 5, 2011
Although I haven't seen George in a number of years, I remember my years with him at Grady Realtors and West Shell. He totally exemplified professionalism. He was happy and funny, even when he was under a great deal of business pressure. It was a pleasure knowing him. He was just a really good man. Thank God for the years he spent here on earth because he certainly affected so many lives. He is surely being welcomed into heaven where he will be with the Lord, his grand daughter and other loved ones.
Unfortunately, I cannot attend the services due to a wedding and my grandson's first communion.
My first husband died while I was working at Grady Realtors and my second husband died a couple of years ago, so I understand how difficult this time is for a family. My prayers go out to them.
Carol Jones
May 5, 2011
One of the nicest men I have ever met. My deepest sympathies to the entire Meinhardt Family. He was definatly one of the good guys on this earth. I am sure he will have a special place in heaven, just as he did on earth. You are in my prayers.
Jeff Olinger
May 5, 2011
George / Mr Meinhardt coached Katy soccer in grade school and I was on the team (over 25 years ago). He made it so fun, and over the years everytime we ran into each other he'd chuckle and say- we didn't win too many games but we sure had fun. We sure did George! You will be missed...thoughts and prayers to the entire family.
Jenny Berger
May 5, 2011
To know George was to love him, from day one. I am so sorry that Paul and I can't be there for the services. He made everyone feel important and special. Our deepest sympathy to all-a tremendous loss. You are in our prayers. Sincerely, Chlois Barkman, Charlotte, NC
Chlois Barkman
May 5, 2011
Words cannot begin to express how deeply George will be missed. George and Mary have been dear and devoted friends of our family for many, many years. George just made the world a better place and he touched so many people in our family with his never ending love and support. Mary and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Sue and Joe Trotta
May 5, 2011
Truly one of a kind! I feel so lucky to have known George and he will be missed tremendously!
Laura Alfers
May 5, 2011
My deepest sympathies to the entire Meinhardt family. George was one of the most genuine, loving and funny men I've known. Although it has been many many years since I've seen or spoke with George, he will always hold a special place in my heart. Goodbye sweet man, the world is a sadder place without you.
Karen Lurix
May 5, 2011
God bless Mr. Meinhardt and the beautiful family he raised and adored. all of my Prayers
Suzy Wudke
May 5, 2011
We always greeted each other "Hi Roomie" from our trips with the HBA
Membership committee. Fun times I will remember sharing with him.
One of the "Good Guys". He left a positive impression on everyone met and spent time with. Condolences to all of his family.
Tom Ashpaw
May 5, 2011
I will never forget the first time I met George. I did not know who he was with regard to Star One. He walked into the office and heard a group of us laughing (at my expense) and joined right in the fun. He was always available and very supportive. I'm glad to have been such a small part of his life.
Cristi Eten
May 5, 2011
Mary, so sorry to hear of your husband's passing. My prayers are with you and your family.
Laurie Luken
May 5, 2011
I knew George through the Board of Realtors and HBA. He was a very kind and wonderful man with a ready smile and word of encouragement. My condolences go out to his family.
Connie Miller
May 5, 2011
To a great neighbor who was quick with a smile and laugh. Great times in the neighborhood. Thank you for making my family feel like your family. In our thoughts and prayers.
Joan Bacon and Family
May 5, 2011
To a great neighbor, who was quick with a smile and laugh. Great times in the neighborhood. Thanks for making our family feel part of your family.
Joan Bacon and Family
May 5, 2011
Molly, my prayers are with you and your entire family.
Susan Craig
May 5, 2011
My condolences to the Meinhart family. Pat Lambert, West Palm Beach ,FL
May 5, 2011
Mary, Mark and Katy, I am just so very sorry for all of you.
I loved George for his zest for life and his love of people.....all people. I never knew him to be in such a hurry that he would not take time to have a conversation with anyone who wanted to talk with him . He and I talked so many times about family...yours and mine. He was a real friend and I appreciated the time he gave me whenever he stopped in at the office. Through my medical trials, he always asked how I was doing. I will miss him terribly. Star One will not be same without him. His smile brought everyone together. I still remember when he talked me into getting a Palm when we had the chance to buy it as a companion to our electronic key. I was hesitant, but he convinced me that if he could use it, I would be able to do that too. He was right. He loved being on the cutting edge of the new technology and certainly was not afraid to encourage me to do the same. He helped me become a far better realtor than I ever imagined.
Mary, you were so good to Peter that first night we met at the Home Builders Award ceremony when I was awarded the Rookie of the Year. Peter laughingly said to me that night, "Mary is a Saint"....and he had just met George. He thought George was great and you two were a special couple. You both treated him like he was a freind and I barely even knew George then and had just met you.
Mark and Katy, you both are so wonderful like your father. You are always upbeat and have always been so kind to me. Guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
My deepest and heartfelt sympathy to you and the rest of your family.
With love in friendship,
Kathy Buckley
Kathy Buckley
May 5, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with Mary and the family.
George was a wonderful person.
Steve Hibbitts ( Williamsburg, Virginia)
May 5, 2011
To the Meinhardt family,

The entire Kenwood Pure Concept Salon staff will truly miss the time we shared with him, " Sir George"!!! He made everyone's day when he walked in to the time he left. You could tell how proud he was of children and grandchildren for he always shared what was going on in their lives. We feel very blessed to have known our dear Sir George.
Renee Heidrich and the Pure Concept family
Renee Heidrich
May 5, 2011
I will never for get Meeting George for the first time. He was an awesome man. He was funny, kind and extremely loyal too, and proud of his, family, agents & employees. The loss of this wonderful man who touched so many lives will be truly missed.
Rose Jones
May 5, 2011
It was a privilege to serve on the ProSeniors board with George. He touched many lives in such a positive way. My deepest sympathies to Mary and the rest of the family.
Jim Miller
May 5, 2011
Katy, I am terribly sorry about your dad. What I adored most of about your dad is that hed made everyone feel incredibly special. When talking with him, I always felt like the only person in the room.

My thoughts and prayers are with your mom, you and your entire family.
Lee Rose
May 5, 2011
My deepest heartfelt sympathies to the Meinhardt family. Their is a huge void in hearts with the passing of George. He was truly unique in every sense of the word. A co-worker summed up nicely when he said "how many people do you know that when you are done talking with them, you always feel better" He was the shephard of his many flocks giving everything he had to all whom he met. He never knew a stranger.
I love you Georgey, I know you enriched my life more than I could every repay you or your family. You will be fondly remembered and sorely missed!
Jim Grady, Jr.
May 5, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with you. George was the epitome of graciousness, thoughtfulness and such a gentleman. I always enjoyed our conversations and hearing about
his family. He will be greatly missed by his
friends and community.
Sarah Noggle ~ Coldwell Banker West Shell
Sarah Noggle
May 5, 2011
Such a wonderful man and family. I'll always remember all the fun and laughter in your household:) God bless you Amy and the entire Meinhardt family!
Julie (Luebbers) Lee
May 5, 2011
To the Meinhardt family - we will miss George! He was such a great influence in our lives as a friend, mentor, employer, softball sponsor, and assisted us in setting up our first house! The girls babysat for us and we still have a picture of all those kids in the "Meinhardt" shirts parading to the softball game! Mary & family, you will be in our prayers and George is our angel now! Terri & Bill Mertz (West Harrison, IN)
Terri & Bill Mertz
May 5, 2011
George was a gentleman. I will always remember talking about Virgie and June with him after I met them on a Bengals Cruise many many years ago. My deepest sympathies.
Mary Wright
May 5, 2011
May God bless you in this time of sorrow.

Sincerely,
Karen (KeeKee) Larimore
Cincinnati Supra Office
May 5, 2011
I could not begin to explain how George's calm and integrity inspired me to make changes to my life. He was a good man and will be sorely missed. I am so grateful to have known him.
Susan Randolph Olsen
May 5, 2011
Katy, I am so sorry to hear about your father. Thanks to you, I was able to meet your dad and remember vividly our conversations. Within 2 minutes, I felt like I knew your father for years. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Katy. God Bless with my deepest condolences,

Pete Pesce
Peter Pesce
May 5, 2011
The greatest legacy left by George is his marvelous family. His contributions to the real estate industry and his community are exceptional and we are all better because of them! Sincerest sympathy to all the family and those who loved him.
Sheila Bell
May 5, 2011
What a One of a Kind Wonderful Man! You were very loved and appreciated by all, most importantly, your awesome family! You have so much to be proud of in what you have taught and shown everyone here on earth that will live on forever. I am so grateful to have known you.
Margaret Henkel
May 5, 2011
Our deepest sympathy for the whole family. May God lesson you sorrow in the most difficult time to come. Our parents used to be you next door neighbor on Foley Road. We will keep your Family in our prayers.
Bob & Yvonne Schuster
Bob/Yvonne Schuster
May 5, 2011
To the Meinhardt family...George will truly be missed. He has been a dental patient of Dr Esselman for many years. He always brought a smile to our faces. Your family is in my prayers.
Sandi Fay
May 5, 2011
Our deepest sympathy goes out to you, Mrs Meinhardt, and your whole family. Mr Meinhardt leaves behind an incredible legacy of love and laughter. We will miss him and his great big bear hugs.
Tricia & Devin Kelly
May 5, 2011
I have known and worked with George for almost 40 years and have found him to be of the highest integrity. He will be missed.
Terry Monnie
May 5, 2011
My prayers are with the Meinhardt family. I met George as his account executive for the Cincinnati Enquirer and we had a bond that was unbreakable. I love George. He was a man of integrity and fun and loving at the same time. He always kept me on my toes. He will definitely be missed.

My deepest sympathy to the Meinhardt family.

Love,
Dorothea "Dottie" Frederick
May 5, 2011
Mr. Meinhardt, you will definitely be missed. My deepest condolences to the Meinhardt family. The Jenkins clan is keeping you in our thoughts.
Cliff Jenkins
May 5, 2011
Oh George, we will miss you so. All the entries cannot begin to express the wonder and magnitude of you. I was so blessed to know and work with you. God bless you and your loved ones!
Joan Ketterer
May 5, 2011
When I was a new agent with West Shell in 1989 George inspired me to be the best I could be and he challenged me with a bet. If I ended the year with a certain number of listings he promised to trade cars with me for the day (he had a beautiful Porsche convertible and I had a 4 door boxy Dodge Spirit). I won and he drove away in my Dodge Spirit as agents in the office roared! Thank you George for the great inspiration and the great memories! Cindy B!
Cindy Brouillette
May 5, 2011
Mark I'm so sorry to hear about your dad, he seems very special. You seem to have his same qualities, our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.
Donna Hatfield
May 4, 2011
I just met George Meinhardt a few weeks ago. He encouraged me in business even though we had just become acquainted. He will be missed.
Mary Clark
May 4, 2011
My heart goes out to all of you. Love, Mary Beth (Pohlman) Dooley.
May 4, 2011
May you see God's light on the path ahead
When the road you walk is dark.
May you always hear,
Even in your hour of sorrow,
The gentle singing of the lark.
When times are hard may hardness
Never turn your heart to stone,
May you always remember
when the shadows fall—
You do not walk alone.

RIP Uncle George. We miss you
Joey Quinlan
May 4, 2011
George was a wonderful, fun-loving guy. We sure will miss his presence at the Greyhound Tavern. We always looked forward to seeing George and Mary a couple of times a week for dinner. It was an honor to have known him. I read here that he was just the giving man and friend he was to me. Our prayers are with the family at this time.
Sincerely,
Tracy
May 4, 2011
Although I never had the pleasure of knowing George very well, I consider Katy to be one of my dearest friends. I remember going to a Bengals game with Katy and us meeting up with George, some other members of her family and some friends. I knew no one and it was the first time I ever met George, but he immediately treated me like I had been his friend for years, introduced me to everyone and let me borrow his jacket (it was raining outside). He knew no strangers and has passed that wonderful passion for life and other people on to his daughter, Katy and I'm sure the rest of the family as well. My deepest condolences to the Meinhardts...you'll be in my thoughts and prayers.
Mary Berger
May 4, 2011
It was my pleasure to know George Meinhardt. Few times in life you get to meet somebody who so easily displays a passion for living that we should all have. George had that zest, that amazing personality. I'm glad to have known him. I feel so sorry for the loving family that he leaves behind. This loss was all too sudden. My thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones.
John and Katie Ravasio
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