Vincent Steven Reina, best known as Jim, passed away on March 11, 2016 at the age of 82 with his loving family at his side following a long struggle with Alzheimer’s.
He was predeceased by his parents, Domenic and Rosalie (Traina) Reina, his brother Steve Reina and sister and brother-in-law Mary and Gerry Capece.
He leaves his wife Ruth (Clark) Reina, his daughter Jill Dagilis and her husband Paul, daughter Lynn Bruso and her husband Brian, and daughter Kimberly Prefontaine and her husband Chris as well as his grandchildren Michael and Kristin Dagilis, Jesse Marie and Michael Demers, Randi-Lynn Bruso and her partner Joe Foor, Megan Bruso and her partner Roy Sewell, Nick Prefontaine, Kayla and Zachary Beach; and great-grandchildren Lucie-Marie Dagilis and Roy Sewell, life-long extended family members Ann and Laura DeBiasio, sister-in-law Loretta Reina, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Born in New York City on May 22, 1933 he moved to Worcester, Massachusetts when he met and fell in love with Ruth at a dance while serving in the army at Fort Devens. He was an incredible man with great character. With Ruth, his queen, they built a welcoming home and a beautiful life where he set the standard for his family and friends on how to live with a foundation of respect, love, happiness, and fun. He loved dancing and traveling with her, family dinners and had a great sense of humor.He was a proud army veteran having served as a medic, of his many years as a supervisor at Heald Machine Company, and ultimately, to own and operate Alan Barry Hardware Store in Worcester with Ruth for 25 years where his number one goal was great customer service.
Above all else he loved his bride, his girls—Jill, Lynn, Kim, and Ann and their husbands –Paul, Brian and Chris as his sons. His grandchildren, Michael and Jesse Marie, Randi-Lynn and Megan, and Nick and Kayla, grew up enjoying his tricks, good humor and love. Kristin, Mike, Joe, Zack, Roy and Laura joined the family over recent years and he always found ways to extend his love. His great grandchildren Lucie-Marie and recently born, Roy, never got to know him but he would have showered them with love the way he did for the rest of his family. He had so much room in his heart for everyone and all were welcome to the Reina home. Over the years he and Ruth took in their parents, sister, kids and friends whenever needed. Their generosity had no limits and the beautiful circle of friends and family was ever-expanding.
The Reina family extends a heartfelt thanks to Emma for her gentle support and the amazing staff at the Odd Fellows Nursing Home in Worcester where he spent just over a year–receiving loving, attentive care with the utmost dignity. Odd Fellows staff Clarence, Elaine, Jackie, Josie, Godfrey, Rhonda, Jenn, Maggie, so many others, and his room-mate, Ed, became part of his and our family during this last chapter.
He would not want tears, but rather to have us all celebrating a good life and wearing bright colors. So for this wonderful, full-of-life man we lift a glass to his favorite Italian toast, “Cent’ Anni—may you live 100 years!” Here’s to you Dad, you did a great job and we’re so proud of you.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the Reina family on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 from 4:30-6:30 PM in the BRITTON-WALLACE FUNERAL HOME, 91 Central Street, Auburn. A service celebrating and honoring Jim’s life will begin at 6:30PM. Burial will be private in Hope Cemetery, Worcester. In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests donations, in his memory, to the Odd Fellows Home of Massachusetts, 104 Randolph Road, Worcester, MA 01606-2465.