Robin Craig Reinhardt, a cherished husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away peacefully at the age of 75 on October 25, 2023, at his home in Somerset, surrounded by the warmth and love of his devoted family. Born in Plainfield, NJ, Robin's formative years were spent in Garwood, NJ, with his 6 siblings. The majority of his life, over thirty-six enriching years, was rooted in Bridgewater, raising his family with his wife Martha before they moved to Somerset.
A patriot at heart, Robin wore the nation's colors with pride as he served in the United States Air Force during the tumultuous Vietnam War era. His station in Thailand saw him play a pivotal role as an engineer, ensuring the impeccable functioning of navigation and communication systems on board the aircraft. His dedication and skills were evident early on, exemplified when he earned the prestigious red rope in tech school, marking him as a shift leader and symbolizing the highest level of achievement a student could attain.
With an unyielding spirit and an appetite for knowledge, upon returning from service, Robin leveraged the GI Bill to pursue higher education. He graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in journalism, a testament to his lifelong passion for reading and writing, in addition to being a loyal fan of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights athletic program.
1976 marked a significant chapter in Robin's life when he and his supportive wife, Martha, embarked on a new venture together, establishing a kitchen design business - Robinwood Kitchens Inc., based in Berkeley Heights. Their entrepreneurial spirit, combined with relentless hard work and dedication, transformed the once small endeavor into a thriving family business for over 40 years, which is now proudly helmed by the next generation led by his daughter Rebecca.
Beyond his professional accomplishments, Robin was a man of myriad talents. While woodworking showcased his meticulous craftsmanship, he recently embraced watercolor painting, producing pieces that left his family in awe of his artistic abilities. An avid golfer, Robin relished any opportunity to play rounds with friends and family, especially since he was conveniently located by the front nine of the Green Knoll Golf Course. The waves beckoned him too, as he enjoyed moments on his boat, albeit more as a stationary haven near the Jersey Shore where he took in the sunsets. His family, with their trademark sense of humor, affectionately dubbed him "Robbie C," honoring their dear captain.
At the heart of Robin's world was his family. The moments shared with his wife, children, and particularly his grandchildren were treasures he held close.
Preceding him in passing are his siblings Shirley, Kenny, Richard, and Kathi; sister-in-law, Lynn; brother-in-law, Russell.
The legacy of Robin's love continues through his wife of 50 years, Martha; children, Adam (Kristen), Sarah (Carrie), and Rebecca Mahoney (Ryan); and six grandchildren: Ella, Carter, Mason, Davis, Liam, and Logan. He leaves behind his sister Judith, brother David, sisters-in-law Antoinette "Cookie," Florence "Sis," Arlene, and brothers-in-law Thomas and Robert, along with a close-knit group of 26 nieces and nephews.
In memory of Robin and to honor his fighting spirit, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Sharing Network Foundation at 691 Central Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974.