Stanley J. Rintz Sr.
Union — Stanley J. Rintz Sr., 86, died unexpectedly following a brief illness, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport.
Born June 27, 1930, in New York City, he was the son of Stanley and Mae DeRoever Rintz. Educated in New York and New Jersey, Stan was a 1948 graduate of Roxbury High School.
Following high school, Stan entered the work force. Over the years he had a varied career, holding positions in many different industries. As a young man, he worked as a bartender and caddie at a local country club, as well as working in the mailroom at Forbes Magazine in New York. It is said that Stan had an engineering mind and was always looking to make things better. While at Forbes, he found a way to improve the mail system.
In April 1951, Stan married Dorothy Rekun. Together they made their home in New Jersey, where they welcomed two daughters, Dottie and Terry, into their family. In 1964, the family moved to Maine. Here Stan was employed at Van Baalen's as vice president of manufacturing.
Throughout his life, he continued in the clothing industry for companies such as CB Sports and London Fog. After his marriage to Dorothy ended, Stan continued working in the garment industry. He later married Dianne Mitchell Staffeld. Living locally, they welcomed a third daughter, Carolyn, before their marriage ended a short time later.
In 1971, while working at Van Baalen's, Stan met Barbara Bay, a local occupational therapist who came in for scrap cloth to use for projects with her patients. As the story goes, Stan in jest told Barbara she could no longer have scrap goods at no cost unless she went on a date with him. The rest, as they say, is history. Together Stan and Barbara operated the Ocean View Motel in Belfast, where they added a cocktail lounge. For many years, Stan was employed by Samoset Resort Properties, selling timeshares in Rockport and Hilton Head, S.C.. In 1984, Stan started the Regional Activities Guide of Maine. For more than 25 years, he sold and produced this booklet.
Over the years, he made many friends and acquaintances. He was very outgoing and could carry on a conversation with anyone. He was charismatic and youthful, with a larger-than-life personality.
Spending time on his beloved Crawford Pond was one of Stan’s favorite pastimes. Fishing and boating were always on the agenda, and he could often be heard to say, "Just one more cast!" He loved entertaining, hosting horseshoe tournaments and family gatherings at his home.
Predeceased by his wife, Barbara Rintz, in 2006, Stan is survived by his children, Dorothy McBride and her husband, James, of Hilliard, Ohio, Terry Hrabosky and her husband, Pat, of Geneva, Fla., Ann-Marie Rintz and her husband, Brian Goulding, of Rockland, Stanley Rintz Jr. and his wife, Elizabeth, of Windham; three stepchildren, Tamara Harris and her husband, Michael, of Atlanta, Catherine McCullough and her husband, Daniel, of Bethel, Vt., Alexander Ribar of Montville; a brother, Robert Rintz, and his wife, Leslie, of New Jersey; three grandchildren, Michelle Simon and her husband, Michael, Shannon Kvorjak, Jordan McBride; as well as two great-grandchildren, Trace and Tanner Kaufman.
Visiting hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland, where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7.
Memorial donations may be made to Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. 1294, Rockland, ME 04841. To share a memory or condolence with Stan’s family, visit his Book of Memories at bchfh.com.