Joseph Patrick Reinecke

January 28, 1945 - January 1, 2024
Joseph Patrick Reinecke

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Joseph Patrick Reinecke, 78, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on January 1, 2024.

He was born in Newport News in 1945 to William T. Reinecke and Annie Louise Monk Reinecke. Pat, as most people called him, was the youngest of three boys.  The family moved to Williamsburg where he attended Walsingham Academy and James Blair High School, graduating in 1963.

Pat’s dedication to serving the community as Captain of the Williamsburg Fire Department defined a legacy of unwavering courage and selflessness. His fellow firefighters were family, and he stood as a pillar of mentorship, friendship, and often a guiding fatherly presence. His courage and passion for service was unwavering, a testament to his commitment to the community he served. While his professional accomplishments were significant, it was Pat’s passions outside of work that truly defined him.  A friend to everyone he met, he exuded generosity and enjoyed helping others. His capacity to be a devoted friend was endless.

Pat’s love for boating, fishing, and happy hour with friends at the marina was well-known to those acquainted with him. Following retirement from the fire department, he embraced several years as the marina’s dockmaster in Queenslake. Antiquing and mastering the pool table were also among his passions. But his true joy lay in the countless friendships he made throughout his life. His departure leaves an irreplaceable void in the hearts of countless friends and family members, a testament to the profound impact he made in their lives.

Pat was preceded in death by his devoted wife, Carla whose happiness and welfare were always his priority.   In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his brother Rev. Monsignor William T. Reinecke, Jr.  He is survived by his children, Michele McTague and her husband Matt and Richard Reinecke and his wife Heather; grandsons Scottie and Ryan McTague, Parker and Jordan Reinecke; great-grandchildren Addie and Cayden McTague.  He is also survived by his brother Ralph Reinecke and his wife Judy along with his niece Emily and nephew Alex.

A celebration of life will be held at the Williamsburg Fire Department with a reception to follow on Monday, January 22, 2024 at 10:30 AM. Friends, family, and colleagues are invited to join and honor his remarkable life. The address is 440 N. Boundary Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185. Additional parking is available in the parking terrace at the Community Building: 401 N. Boundary Street.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Williamsburg Volunteer Fire Department through Paypal or by checks made out to the Williamsburg Fire Department and mailed to 440 North Boundary Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185.


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  • January 14, 2024
    Beulah Davis says:
    I met Pat at the Williamsburg Fire Department back in the 1970s. We used to socialize with a group of fellow firefighters and friends. Pat was such a sweet guy who was easy going. I lost contact with Pat over the years, but never forgot about him. I am so sorry for your loss of Pat. 💔🙏

  • January 10, 2024
    Margie says:
    I only knew my buddy (that’s what I called him) a couple months but they were good months from finding him on the floor to going to patriots colony playing rummy which he claimed he didn’t know how to play but always beat me to Williamsburg Arbor sitting outside smoking cigarettes I loved spending time with him and was so proud that he got out of the apartment and visited other residents I’m truly blessed for getting the time to spend with him so thank you so much Michelle and Richard for trusting me with him I will surely miss him

  • January 10, 2024
    Tom Delaney says:
    Pat was a great and very close friend of mine. We both had our yachts berthed next to each other down at the Queens Lake Marina. I'm sure going to miss him. God Bless his soul.