Graham A Reinke

Born: Mon., Mar. 29, 1937
Died: Wed., May 23, 2018


Celebration of Life


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Graham A. Reinke passed away on May 23, 2018 at the age of 81. He was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada where he began what was to become a 35-year career with Firestone Tire & Rubber Company.
He was quickly recognized for his abilities as an information technology pioneer and was transferred to corporate headquarters in Akron as a young man. With Firestone, he and his family traveled and lived abroad in Liberia, West Africa and London, England before returning to Akron.

He was the President and founder of Auto-Excel and remained heavily involved right up until his death,  working closely with his long-time manager and friend Lance Johnson.

Graham married Claire Leitch in Canada in 1959 and they were married for 59 years. Together they created a life full of adventure, family and friends. They had four children who were his pride and joy, and exemplified the principle and generous life he led.

Graham's interests were as diverse as his talents and abilities. He served as an active member of numerous community organizations, including most recently, the Rotary Club of Akron and the Gardeners of Greater Akron. He had a love of all music from Baroque to Gordon Lightfoot, good spicy food, the outdoors and wearing black socks with Wallabees. He loved entertaining friends, his dry martinis and staying connected with grandchildren. He was known for his compassion and charm, and was considered a friend to many.

He is preceded in death by his daughter, Allison (2008). He is survived by his wife, Claire; and his children, Adrienne (Jeff), Regan and Derek (Christine); 9 grandchildren, and his sister, Sheryl (Tom).

A celebration of life will be held Friday, July 20th beginning at 4:00pm at The O'Neil House, 1290 W. Exchange St. Akron, OH 44313.

Memorials may be made to Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs, 4460 Rex Lake Drive Akron, OH 44319.

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