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Christopher Lee REINSTADTLER

7 November, 197521 August, 2020
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Chris was a loving, committed and faithful husband, a responsible and wonderful father who delighted in his children, the greatest dad his kids could ever wish for, a caring son, a beloved sibling, and a loyal friend. He was taken much too soon. He was a good, kind and respectful person with a beautiful sincere soul and heart. He devoted his career to contributing to end poverty, to equality, justice and essentially a better and fairer world. He had a 20 year career making life better for people in developing countries such as Jordan, Trinidad, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Afghanistan. Most recently he worked as a Senior Advisor/ Program Manager for a U.S. Department of Defense program. He was a triathlete who lived a healthy lifestyle, always upbeat, positive, on the move and active. He loved skiing, hiking, swimming, traveling, and most of all spending time with his family. The death of a good person like Chris is very disorienting, unfathomable, senseless and sad. His wife Mary feels blessed that he showed her what true love means and gave her the gift of two beautiful, wonderful, kind, smart children, whom he loved so much and would do anything for. He would go any mile necessary to ensure the best he could for his family. The girls miss him so much and would rather have their dad doing great dad activities with them and being a wonderful father here on earth. He is now their guardian angel in heaven. He is survived by his wife Mary Claire Odong Reinstadtler, his daughters Eleanor (5) and Skylar (3), his mother Caroline Borden Reinstadtler, his siblings Martha Reinstadter Jones, Tommy Reinstadtler, Alec Reinstadter, Steve Reinstadtler, Kathy Reinstadtler Iversen, and numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and cousins. He will forever be remembered as a dear son, brother, relative, friend and colleague. We all feel very honored and grateful to have known Chris. There is so much to admire about him and aspire to as a result. He was indeed one of a kind. Please keep Christopher and his family in your prayers. May Chris’ soul rest in eternal peace.

An education fund has been set up for Eleanor and Skylar. The family asks that donations to the education fund be made in lieu of sending flowers. Contribution checks can be made out to Edward Jones FBO Eleanor and Skylar Reinstadtler and mailed to Martha Jones, 18 Sommer Avenue, Maplewood, NJ 07040.

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Caroline Farmer Kvitka

18 November 2020

My mom, Carol Farmer, and Kay (Chris' mom) were good friends. Or maybe you would call them super human volunteers. I knew Chris as a little kid (I am several years older - Kathy's age). I have fallen out of touch with the Reinstadtlers and just learned of Chris' death last night through Facebook. Thanks for reaching out, Alec.

It sounds like Chris was a wonderful man. I can only imagine how proud Kay was of him...and how proud all of his siblings were. You guys are a wonderful family and I am just so very sorry for your loss.

We lost our dad, Louis, in October. I know he would have been very saddened by this news. My heart goes out to all of you.

Lots of love to your big, crazy, wonderful family.

Natalie Howe

8 November 2020

I met Chris in Jordan as part of the Hasmetite Hash House Harriers running club, and he was always friendly and great company! Thinking of him and his family on his birthday. ❤️

Charlie Lancaster

12 September 2020

It is with thanks to friends like Chris that I look back on my time in Jordan with great affection. I remember him as a kind man with a big smile; a friend who was a pleasure to be around. Rest in happiness and peace.

Kemi Ayorinde

9 September 2020

I met Chris when we both worked at CHAI Abuja. We were also members of the Abuja DASH running club and as an amateur runner, I had to quickly resign myself to the fact that in the time it took me to complete my 5-10k run and return to our base camp, more seasoned runners like Chris had already finished theirs (in a fraction of the time), spent social time with the other faster ones and would be making their way out when I was just coming back. It always made me laugh but it secretly also inspired me to get better with my running (i have since gone on to successfully train and complete 3 marathons - an unthinkable feat for someone who didn’t run until I lived in Abuja. I have the grit, discipline and all round inspiration of people like Chris to thank for sowing this seed of possibility).

In his work at CHAI, Chris just got stuff done! He was focused and diligent in all he did and he delivered result...something that all who worked with him will probably attest to.

As a friend, he was great fun to be around - he was one of that rare genre of people who eschewed the virtues of self-discipline, kindness, integrity, respect for others and wisdom. He was a great leader!

Dear Mary, my heart breaks for you and the girls but I hope you find great comfort in knowing how much impact he had in those around him. How much he inspired people like me in the most mundane ways. Ways that I never truly realised or articulated until recently.

Chris Collins

8 September 2020

My favorite memories of Chris are of playing ultimate frisbee with him in Abuja. I always loved our games, and it was a great way to get to know him.

I kept in touch with Chris over the years, after we both moved away from Nigeria. He was such a great person, kind and with a wonderful sense of humour. I feel very lucky to have known him.

Mary, my deepest condolences to you and your family.

Omair Azam

7 September 2020

I worked with Chris during our CHAI Abuja days back in 2013/2014, he was a great colleague and a sounding board for me to vent about all the frustrations of working in the CHAI office. We also used to run the Dash on Wednesdays/Fridays, it was great to hang out with him outside of the office too. He will be massively missed, my thoughts go out to all his family.

Tiffany Okewole

6 September 2020

I met Chris and Mary in Abuja, Nigeria. Although I did not hang out with Chris often, every meeting with Chris was just simply authentic. Chris had a way of making people feel calm and safe around him. He was empathetic, a great observer, great listener, and had such a wonderful personality.

We may have lost Chris in the flesh, but because of the awesome, and honest soul that he was, I truly believe that he is in a better place. I will always remember Chris with absolute fond memories, as he left a great legacy with all those he met, including myself. One thing is for sure, the world can definitely use more people like Chris.

Rest in peace Chris. You will always remain in our memories, our thoughts, and our hearts!

Once more, my deepest condolences to Mary, the kids, and family.

Tiffany Okewole

Alicia Contreras-Donello

2 September 2020

I met Chris in our Afghanistan preparedness training for USAID before we left to work in Afghanistan. He was a very kind, intelligent and overall a genuine human being. May he Rest In Peace.

Amy Frey

1 September 2020

Chris and I met a long time ago when he came to Washington DC to look for life after college. He lived with us and stayed with us on many occasions. When Chris came to DC for the first-time he was skinny as a bean pole and looked like he was about 14 years old even though he had graduated from college! I used to joke to him that he was my adopted younger brother. He also helped out with my business, helped me move a few times, joined in many a dinner party and was a friend who was there when I needed him. We shared a great connection through his brother Tommy. Chris told me recently he was enjoying daily talks with Tommy about how to fix household things like the boiler - because “Tommy knew how to fix everything”. As he “grew up” I watched him go out into the world and explore lots of interesting places. It was amazing some of the places where he ended up – such as Afghanistan! He was a citizen of the world and he loved the adventures of travelling. One of the best memories is when he told me he had met the love of his life, Mary. They got married in a totally cool place and they began their new life together exploring the globe! My favorite birthday message was when he and the girls sent a video from Germany of them all singing happy birthday – absolutely adorable! He had a huge heart and was a very good friend. He loved his girls – all three of them! Chris was a sensational Dad and he knew how to throw a darn fine 5th birthday party complete with pinata. Mary, Elle and Sklyar were what made his life complete. I am so sorry for the loss that Chris’s passing represents to everyone -- especially his family. His abrupt departure is unbelievably tragic. He will be dearly missed by many people. Rest in peace, dear adopted brother Chris. With loving memories, Amy & Rick

Fabien Laroche

1 September 2020

I had the chance to meet Chris during a New Year's Eve in Frankfurt. I keep in mind an open-minded man, of great kindness. All my thoughts to his family. RIP Chris

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