Donald C. Rines dies at age 63

Businessman who owned design company and woodworker

September 11, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Donald Charles Rines, a semiretired businessman who was an accomplished woodworker, died Sept. 5 of pancreatic cancer at his Punta Gorda, Fla., home. He was 63.

Mr. Rines was born in Binghamton, N.Y., and moved with his family in 1952 to Rockville. He was a 1965 graduate of Richard Montgomery High School.

After high school and while attending the University of Maryland, Mr. Rines worked for his father's Washington company, Environmental Management Consultants.

In 1980, Mr. Rines established his own company, Mid-Atlantic Laboratory Furniture, a design and installation firm, with his partner, Mark Guerra, in Hanover.

Mr. Rines, who earlier had lived near Frederick, also maintained a home in Severna Park for the past 21 years, and was semiretired at his death.

An experienced woodworker, Mr. Rines enjoyed building furniture and home remodeling. He also enjoyed cooking, especially Italian dishes, family members said.

Mr. Rines liked powerboating on the bay and in Charlotte Bay, Fla.

He had been president and was on the board of Bello Machre Inc., a nonprofit organization that works with the disabled in Anne Arundel County.

Mr. Rines was an active member of Community United Methodist Church, 1690 Riedel Road, Crofton, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 25.

Surviving are his wife of 31 years, the former Linda Hill; three sons, William Rines of Baltimore, Chris Rines and David Rines, both of Severna Park; two daughters, Lauren Rines-Angell of Crofton and Bonnie Rines of Stanardsville, Va.; and five grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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