Nicholas A. Rinauro Sr.

March 2, 1920August 13, 2012

Nicholas Anthony Rinauro, Sr., 92, of Carson City, Nevada, and Middletown, California died on August 13, 2012 in Reno. He was born to the late Ciro Rinauro and Meri Reina on March 2, 1920 in San Jose, CA. Nick attended Willow Glen High School and began working as a trash collector in San Francisco at age 17, then went to work for his brother, Frank, at Mountain View Disposal before managing Mission Trail Garbage Company in Santa Clara in 1959. He later became sole owner of Mission Trail in 1976 and continued to operate Mission Trail. The business was sold in 1998. Nick loved his work and his industry and will be remembered well for his contributions. He was also an avid hunter with several record trophies to his name. Nick was a member of the Middletown Lion’s Club, and a lifetime member of the NRA and Ducks Unlimited. Nick is survived by his wife of 20 years, Sue, his two children and three step children: Nicole Rinauro of Seattle; Nicholas Jr. of El Dorado Hills; Alfred Cook, of Oakland; Douglas Cook of Carson City; and Robert Cook of Concord. Nick also has ten grandchildren, one great-grandchild and another on the way. Donations may be made to the Middletown Lion’s Club or St. Jude’s in Nick’s memory. Visitation, Thursday 8/23 at 5PM, Vigil Service at 7PM at Lima Family Santa Clara, 466 N. Winchester Blvd. Funeral Service, Friday 8/24 at 11AM at St. Clare Parish, 941 Lexington St. Interment to follow at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery.


  • Visitation Thursday, August 23, 2012
  • Rosary Service Thursday, August 23, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 24, 2012

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Henry Machens

August 24, 2012

Nick SR, I have always respected you, and you taught me a lot. You were a very strong minded man, but I apprecaited that you had the time to come by and say HI to me, and ask how my family was doing. I will always hold you in my prayers.

Tami Roth

August 24, 2012

Nick may you rest in peace with the lord by your side. You will live forever in so many peoples hearts. To the family: May Nicks precious memories be a comfort to you now, and may it help to know that many thoughts and prayers are with you in your sorrow.

Michael Beard

August 24, 2012

My prayers are with you all and the family at this most hard time. My best wishes and heart felt love to you all and god bless you. Friday show I am doing will be in honor of Mr Rinauro Sr.

The Thompson's

August 23, 2012

Nick you are greatly missed. The ranch in Middletown will never be the same. All the memories here, all the love and laughter captured in these hills, will live on. You are an amazing adventurous man and we love you and Sue so much! Sue, our prayers are with you and we will always be here for you! With love, the Thompson's

Gail Perez - Ewing

August 23, 2012

What a beautiful family I have always admired from afar. Every time I think of you I remember ROSE ME on your beautiful wife's license plate! Long, long time ago. My condolences and prayers. Sending " MY LOVE!

Elise Sandusky

August 22, 2012

Great man, great boss. You'll always be remembered in so many hearts