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Robert J. Minard

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WELLS -- Robert J. Minard, 85, a longtime resident of Wells and Manchester, died peacefully following a short illness on Tuesday, June 15, 2004 at the Indian River Rehabilitation Center in Granville, N.Y. He was born in Chicago, Ill. on Oct. 19, 1918, the son of Lee and Helen (Rossmiller) Minard. He grew up in Manchester and attended local schools.

Robert joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1940 and helped plan the invasion of Normandy. He worked for many years as a painting contractor. Robert was a member of the Eagles Club, the Mount Equinox Grange, and the Rutland Moose Lodge. He enjoyed camping and fishing. Most of all, Robert loved people and was especially fond of children. He was quick to make new friends and glad to share his own brand of humor. His family friends and neighbors will miss him dearly.

He is survived by his longtime companion, Marion Thompson of Wells; his sons, Richard Minard of Jacksonville, Fla. and Skip Thompson of Hampton, Conn.; and his daughters, Diana Minard Quintern of Bativia, N.Y., Joyce Messer of Wells and Patricia Buker of Benson. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 19, at 1 p.m. at Brewster Funeral Home in Manchester. The Rev, Robert Boutwell, pastor of the Pawlet Community Church, will officiate. There will be no calling hours. Cremation will take place at Vermont Cremation Service in Bennington. Memorial gifts may be made in his memory to either: The American Cancer Society or Saint Judes Children’s Hospital C/O Brewster Funeral Service, P.O. Box 885, Manchester, VT 05255. For directions or to send Robert’s family e-mail condolences, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on June 17, 2004
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