Remembering John Reinhardt

John Allen Reinhardt, 80, former president of the Board of Trustees of LCHA, died Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at Hawthorne House in Freeport, Maine. Born in Evanston, Illinois, John graduated from the University of Illinois and earned a master’s degree in voice from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He subsequently served 23 years in the U.S. Navy.

Music, flying, history, and antiques were important to John. He taught music at Lincoln Academy and served as a cantor for St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Newcastle. He also sang professionally in Europe and the United States. As the leader of the 6th Fleet Singers in Italy, he directed concerts in Europe, North Africa and Asia. After retirement he formed his own opera company, The Pocket Opera Players, and presented operas in English for school children.

John A. Reinhardt
John loved to act. He was happy to spend a few hours in a cell at the Old Jail playing the part of a drunken pirate for special tours.

An energetic participant in LCHA, John was a member of the stewardship committee for the Old Jail and served as president of the Board of Trustees from 2009-2012. He was a founding member and chair of Wiscasset’s Historic Preservation Committee and served as a president of Stewards of the Sheepscot.

John is survived by his wife Marie, a daughter, Laura Reinhardt Steele and her husband Walter of Brentwood, California; a son, Jonathon and his partner Clint McCall of Tucson, Arizona; a sister, Arden Thompson and her husband Dan of South Bristol, Maine; two grandchildren, Benjamin and Julia Steele; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at St. Patrick’s Church at a later date.

Arrangements are by Daigle Funeral Home, 819 High Street, Bath.  Condolences may be made at