Alan Paul Reinhold, 69, died December seventh after a lengthy illness.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Nadine; three children, Michelle (Bill), Nicole (Tom) and Gregory (Djamila); and five grandchildren, Addison, Channing, Hudson, Saylor and Cove.
An intelligent, worldly man, Alan loved to travel for both business and pleasure. At just nineteen Alan met a young spirited woman on a trip to Belgium, and after three years of exchanging letters, returned to ask for her hand in marriage. He traveled the world with Nadine during his career with IBM teaching classes in computer languages, file protocols and early Internet security. His colleagues bestowed the name “The Professor” because there were few questions he could not answer and even fewer problems he could not solve. After ending his tenure with IBM, Alan added to his resume by becoming a successful entrepreneur and consultant in the private sector.
Alan had an adventurous spirit and was not afraid to take the road less traveled. He was even daring enough to share a three month, three continent excursion with his young family. It is a memory they all enjoy and share to this day.
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During his retirement Alan began a genealogy project and incorporated this into his journeys. He and his wife, acting as his translator, scoured the records of churches and cemeteries in Massachusetts, Belgium, France and East Germany. To memorialize his ancestors Alan purchased a plaque bearing their names at Ellis Island.
A soft spoken, patient and kind man, Alan was slow to anger and during his life guided his children through many trials and tribulations .Without his influence and fortitude, his children would not have achieved their individual successes: an artist and gallery owner, a nurse and a pediatric dentist.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to family friend and Alan’s neurologist Dr. Susan Torres, who aided in adding years to the quality of his life. Thanks to Orlando Maldonado for his kind, compassionate care through Alan’s final months.
Alan has been removed from our presence, but will live in our hearts and minds forever.
The family will hold a private graveside burial at Oleander Memorial Gardens where he will rest under a majestic live oak. A celebration of life gathering will take place at a time to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Dr. Wilmington, NC 28401, 800-207-6908.