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William E. Reincke, 69, construction superintendent


William E. Reincke, a retired construction superintendent who worked on a number of notable building projects in the area, died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Granite. He was 69.

After a career that spanned nearly 50 years, Mr. Reincke retired last year because of failing health from Hamel Commercial Inc., builders of apartment houses and commercial buildings.

Earlier, he had worked for many years in a similar capacity for Harkins Builders and Madison Mechanical. He had been vice president for the Urban Development Corp. and from 1969 until 1979, headed his own firm, East Coast Builders.

He had been superintendent or project manager on such projects as Flag House Courts, Memorial Stadium, Laurel Race Course, McCulloh Homes and Harrison's Pier 5 in the Inner Harbor.

He also was associated with the building of several high-rise apartment complexes, including the St. James Apartments, Brentwood Towers and Lakeview Towers.

"He had a lot of experience, and he was an older gentleman when we picked him up three years ago," said Ed Hamel, founder and president of Hamel Commercial Inc. in Elkridge.

Born and raised in Woodlawn, Mr. Reincke learned his trade as a teen-ager working with his father, who was a builder.

After graduating from Catonsville High School, Mr. Reincke served in Korea with Army intelligence. While in the Army, he helped build the platform in the South Pacific used for early hydrogen bomb testing. After being discharged with the rank of sergeant, he was a Baltimore County firefighter for several years.

Mr. Reincke was a member of Temple Baptist Church in Woodlawn, where services were held yesterday.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Betty J. Russell; three daughters, Darlene Carter and Denise Litzau, both of Granite, and Debby Stafford of Ellicott City; a brother, Paul Reincke, retired chief of the Baltimore County Fire Department; a niece, Martene Wade of Ellicott City; and 10 grandchildren.

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