Asheville, N.C. - Waldo Lawrence "Larry" Miner, 87, passed away on Thursday, March 6, 2014, in Asheville, NC.
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Born June 17, 1926, he spent his youth and much of his adult life in the New London area. Larry served in the Navy during World War II. He received his undergraduate degree at Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford where he met Maurine Bourne. They were married Sept. 16, 1950.
They moved back to Connecticut where he succeeded his father and grandfather in running the family real estate business. Together they raised five children, Chris (Gloria) Miner, David (Lynne) Miner, Kathy Harlan, Connie Miner, and Keith (Deb) Miner. They now boast of eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by parents, Waldo Lawrence Miner Sr. and Helen (Goodwin) Miner; daughter, Connie Miner; and sisters, Nancy Keenan and Lynn Howell.
Larry's second career was leading wilderness trips for the A.R.E., one of his many sources for spiritual inspiration. He loved being outdoors and continued to travel the globe with Maurine well into his retirement. Between trips he authored and published two books.
He was an adventurer. He pursued his love of the outdoors by hiking and rafting parts of the Grand Canyon, climbing mountains in the U.S., Europe and Asia, leading explorer scout troops and boating. He was a member of the party that established the first base camp on the Juneau Icecap for scientific purposes. He was a member of the Harvard Mountaineering Club, the American Alpine Club and was invited to join the Explorers Club.
He loved people and established a network of friends around the globe. He loved sharing travel experiences. He brought not just his children with him, but also some of the neighborhood kids. He founded the A.R.E. Wilderness Retreat program that mixed spirituality into trips he guided to exotic places. He was an avid photographer and gave slideshows of his trips to interested audiences.
In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to the National MS Society, who helps people like Larry's daughter, Kathy.
To express your condolences to Maurine, please feel free to write her or visit her in skilled nursing at Deerfield Community, 29 Highbridge Crossing, Skilled Nursing, Asheville, NC 28803.
There are no calling hours. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
A celebration of life will be held this summer in Connecticut.
Condolences may be made online at www.AshevilleMortuaryServices.com
Asheville Mortuary Services Inc
89 Thompson St Ste B Asheville, NC 28803
Published in The Day on Mar. 9, 2014