Thomas Reinecke, a prominent member of the Orient community, died Monday, Jan. 23. A longtime resident of Closter, N.J., and Orient, he was 58.
Tom made his career as a builder and a firefighter. He was a former Chief of the Closter Fire Department and a hometown hero for being a first responder on 9/11. He was an avid fisherman, a hunter, a sports enthusiast and a true lover of life. Tom was an active member of Orient Yacht Club and was acknowledged for founding the annual Beefsteak fundraiser, now in its 20th year. Those who knew him respected his candor and his zest for life. He lived with courage and bravery.
Survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Maria (née Naccarella), Tom was the devoted father of Thomas and Jonathan; loving son of Beatrice; dearest brother of Joy and Lisa; and uncle to 11 nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Knickerbocker Hook and Ladder Company, 100 Ruckman Road, Closter, NJ 07624 or the American Cancer Society, 20 Mercer St., Hackensack, NJ 07601.
This is a paid notice.