Reginald Michael Haintz (SPC 1951-53)
February 17, 2021
We were saddened to learn of the passing of Reginald Michael Haintz (SPC 1951-53) on April 26, 2020 at St John of God Hospital in Ballarat surrounded by his family after a short battle with melanoma.
Reg was the loving husband of Eileen, adored father of Geraldine, Peter, Tanya and Danny. He was born on July 16, 1939 and was a grandfather of 15, including Benjamin (SPC 2007-12), Darcy (SPC 2009-14) and Tynan L Haintz (SPC 2011-16) and “Old Pop” to three great-grandchildren.
Reg was fondly remembered by his family for “leading by example with love and integrity in all aspects of his life” and the good times enjoyed on Saturdays when Reg would announce “tools down” at midday and the family went off to football, cricket or tennis. He was remembered in the local community as a man that cared deeply about the wellbeing of others and was always there to lend a hand.
Reg’s working life was in potato seed growing and his passion for sport saw him become a friend of many. He played footy at Creswick and later, Newlyn and then Springbank, where he was heavily involved on the club committee was awarded life membership in 1990.
Reg was a delegate for the Central Highlands FL and later served as league president between 2001-08, receiving a life membership in 2010. Reg also loved playing cricket – winning a premiership as captain with Dean-Mollongghip, carrying on the success that he enjoyed as a day student at SPC, where he was a member of the Nunan Junior Shed cricket team (in 1951), and member of the Galvin House Premier XI Senior Shed competition, as recorded in the 1951-52 College Annual.
Reg attended SPC for three years and completed his sub-intermediate studies. A private funeral was held due to the coronavirus government regulations, however family members are planning a large memorial gathering once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. A further tribute to Reg can be read here