BARRINGTON, R.I. – David Regenstein, of Barrington, died on Dec. 15, 2022. He was born in Munich, Germany, on Sept. 19, 1929, to Lisl and Ludwig Regensteiner. He emigrated to the United States with his parents and siblings, Max and Hannah, in 1937. They settled in Providence, where he graduated from Hope High School.
His college years at Brown University were interrupted by the Korean conflict when his reserve unit was called up, and he served in Germany until 1952. Upon his return, he completed his studies, graduating from Brown in 1953 with a degree in chemistry (class of ’51).
He worked at Northeast Paper Converting Company and then purchased and ran a Meineke Muffler franchise, in Warwick. After closing this business, he pursued his passion for cards by working as a casino dealer and managing the RI Bridge Club.
David was known for his sweet personality, quick wit and great kindness. He was an avid tennis player and competed in many Barrington tournaments. He was skilled at chess, playing many times a week until his love of bridge was rekindled. He played in tournaments across the country, achieving Gold Life Master status in 1993. In his final years, he played online daily and had a regular game at the Barrington Senior Center. As a member of the Viking Bridge Club, he was known for mentoring and teaching those new to the game, and he impressed many that he could transition to online playing at age 90.
He is survived by his daughters, Lisa Rector and Anne Regenstein; four grandchildren, Christopher, Caitlin, Talia and Jacob; his former wife, Gabrielle Regenstein; and his longtime close friend, Ina Lazarus. His second wife, Charyl Gilbard Regenstein, predeceased him in 1997.
Contributions may be made to HopeHealth Hospice, 1085 N. Main St., Providence, RI 02904 or www.hopehealthco.org/ways-to-give/why-give/.