The man who, with his brother, founded a Vernon institution four decades ago, has died.
Bernard, "Bernie" Rein, died Friday, according to an obituary posted on the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home. He founded Rein's Deli with his brother, Robert, in 1972.
Bernie Rein was 90.
He was raised on Union, N.J. and was an all-state orchestra drummer in high school. After graduating from Union High School in 1941, he joined the Army Air Corps and achieved the rank of corporal.
After World War II, Rein spent some time in California and New Jersey before settling in Vernon in October, 1972. It was then he and his brother opened Rein's Deli.
The restaurant turns 40 next month. Rein was "involved in the business right up to the end," according to his obituary. He had been living in Manchester for a dozen years.
Funeral services are scheduled for this afternoon at 1 at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Rd., South Windsor, with military honors. Burial will be private.
Rein's full obituary will be posted at 1 p.m.