R. William Reinsmith
1936 - 2014
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R. William Reinsmith, beloved father, passed away on July 8, 2014 at the age of 78. He was surrounded by his loving family at the time of his death in the home of his daughter Jennifer, where he had been residing for the past year and half in Houston, Texas. Born January 25, 1936 in Pipestone, Minnesota to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Roy Reinsmith. Bill's mother, Beulah (Schipull) died a few weeks after his birth and his father died prior to his first birthday. He was raised by his sister Kathryn and husband Bruce Cummins in Watertown, SD. Despite these early set backs, his perseverance resulted in numerous accomplishments throughout his entire life both academically and athletically. He was selected by his high school teachers to be Watertown High School outstanding student representative at the South Dakota State Student Recognition Week. He was an outstanding football and basketball player and he loved pheasant hunting. He made lifelong friends but most importantly he met and married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, the late Ann Trandal. Bill and Ann were elected Watertown Homecoming King and princess and Valentine king and queen by TUCKS. Bill graduated with high honors from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, 1958. He graduated Yale Law School, 1961, he served his country as a JACG, Captain in the US Army, 1961-1963, he then went on to work for Prutzman, Hayes, Kalb & Chilton, 1963-1978, Hayes & Reinsmith, 1978- 1996 and Murtha Cullina, 1996 until he retired in 2005. Bill had a generous spirit as demonstrated by the many years of service he gave to the town of West Hartford as: president of the PTA Council, vice chair of the WH Parking Authority, member and chairman of TPZ, WH YMCA board member and chairman, president of Rockledge Men's Club, on the board of directors of the VNA. He was also a member of Saint James, the Yale Club, president and chairman of Yale Law School Association of Hartford and Eastern Connecticut and many other organizations. Although his accomplishments were many, what he treasured most was his family. He lived his life with integrity and joy regardless of the challenges faced. Bill fought until his last breath. He leaves his three children Elizabeth Sinatro and husband Matthew of Seattle, Jennifer Brock and husband Paul of Houston and Paul Reinsmith and wife Pam Sullivan of Boston; six grandsons: James, Matthew and Daniel Sinatro, Connor and Trey Brock and Will Reinsmith, sister, Elizabeth Thomas and brother Robert (Chip) Cummins, nieces and nephews: Glen Bahde, son of his late sister Connie, Stefan Thomas, Katie Hankinson, and Ann and Beth Cummins. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill's memory can be made for the abandoned, the abused and the neglected: The Mercy Home for Boys, 1140 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60607-2906. Funeral and burial services are yet to be determined.



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Published in Hartford Courant on Jul. 13, 2014.
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August 4, 2014
Many wonderful memories of school years in Watertown with Bill and Ann. Bill took the
time to write me a wonderful long letter in
response when Ann passed away. Sorry to
lose another friend.
Vi Graham
August 3, 2014
Bill always found the little joys in life. As our "next door neighbor", Bill was so amused by the antics of the boys or "the little dumplins" as he called them. His favorite observation was the dumplins' holding on to the electric garage door handle then dropping down from the highest point. He so loved to share stories of his own beloved children.

Bill was a dear soul who enriched the lives of all who knew him. May he Rest in Peace.

Lib and Ed Spinella
Libby Spinella
July 19, 2014
Bill lived across the street. He had a piano keyboard painted on a piece of wood on which he practiced. When he went to his lessons next door to me I'd sit under the window and wait for him to get done. He was SO handsome and I loved him – we were in the second grade at Grant!!!! I remember the big white house with the huge porch where we had so much fun when we were at Mellette. Some of those childhood friends are now gone too.

Bill was an accomplished and popular guy throughout his days in Watertown. It is sad for those of us from the Class of '54 to learn of his passing. To lose a father is indeed hard and my sympathy goes out to you.
Darla Matz Perman
July 16, 2014
May Bill rest in peace with God.
Have many fond memories with your mom, dad, Elizabeth, Jenn and Paul over some difficult years. May God be with you all at this time.
Shirley Greiman
July 15, 2014
My depest sympathy to your family...What a loss to society...I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are for God to hold each of you a little closer at this difficult time in your lives. My God give you the strength to adjust to your loss and the comfort from holding on to all the great memories...May each of you keep Bill's legacy alive..Alive in Christ..
Dottie Wheatley Blakely.
July 15, 2014
As a classmate at Mellette grade school, then Jr. High and then Sr. High I have good memories of Bill and of course Ann....My late husband and former classmate was equally fond of both of both.I personally will always treasure his phone call after Harlan died...May your families also treasure your memories and receive comfort in knowing he (and Ann)have been "welcomed home" by those who have gone before...
Pat Kosier
July 15, 2014
There was no person I admired more or looked up to more in Watertown High School than Bill. Of course he was a hero on the football field and on the basketball court - in one game he shot the winning goal practically from under the other side's basket as the whistle blew. Outrageously good. At football, much the same. I had other interests and lived at the other end of town, so our paths didn't cross so much except through our mutual friend Frank Lautenschlauger but when they did cross there was an easy relationship including the summer we worked in farm fields while building pylons for the power line connecting Ft. Randall dam to Minnesota. He had the brass to bring along his toothbrush to clean his teeth after lunch, something the rest of us thought was absolutely right but which we lacked the nerve to do.
The death of any member of our Class of '54 is cause for sadness and a flood of memories but I have a particularly deep feeling for the loss of Bill.
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Tom Johnaon
July 15, 2014
The YMCA benefited by Bill's long service. I was privileged to know him and benefit by his work as a volunteer. My sympathies go to his family. Tom Reynolds YMCA of Greater Hartford
July 15, 2014
The Watertown High School classmates of 1954 send their deepest sympathies on the loss of your wonderful father. We loved and admired both your mother and father.
Caryl Williamson
July 14, 2014
Bill was a church leader at St. James's and the last time we were together we attended an ecumenical prayer breakfast. He was a faithful parishioner and we remembered him in our prayers AT St. James's yeterday. Your mom and I taught the 6th grade confirmation class for Paul and my Louise. We miss your family. You are all in our prayers. I send my sympathy
Judy Lawes
July 13, 2014
To Jennie and Paul Brock and family,
Jennie, please accept my sincere condolences on the death of your Father Bill. In reading his obituary I gathered what a wonderful person he was. I wish I had the pleasure of knowing him, especially years ago. He definitely did a wonderful job in raising you. My prayers and thoughts are with you in the loss of your Dad, Father-in-law, and grandfather.
Love, Loretta Wehmeier
July 13, 2014
Bill and Ann were my first and most loved friends when Ralph and I married in 1963. We enjoyed so many events, trips, and memories together. You three children were the best part of their lives. Our love and prayers are with you.
Ralph and Doodle Chilton
July 13, 2014
What wonderful memories you all must have of both your Mom and Dad. Thinking of you.

Barbara Cambria
July 13, 2014
Oh, the memories of the Reinsmith house during our West Hartford years. Fun and laughter and LOVE! I adored both Mr. and Mrs. Reinsmith and have many fond memories.

God bless you in this difficult time. But you know he's in a great place with your mom, my dad, and many others we know and love.
Sue Cambria
July 13, 2014
Bill was a great friend and a valuable community member here in West Hartford. Our condolences. Walt and Judy Kunisch
July 13, 2014
To the Reinsmith Family:

I worked for your Dad for a few years at Hayes & Reinsmith. He talked about all of you all the time..it was obvious he was proud of each of you and loved you all so much. He became a second Dad to me. I still have the note he sent to my family when my brother died....it brings comfort to me even to this day. May you have many happy memories of him.

Judy Bristol
July 13, 2014
To aLL of you---We share many fine memories! my sympathy and Love
To ALLof you! Elly Hayes and Family
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