Robert (Bob) J. Minahan Sr. NiskayunaThe ultimate goal of living a good life is dying and going to heaven. And so we celebrate the passage of Robert (Bob) J. Minahan Sr., 77, of Niskayuna to eternal life on January 16, 2013. Born February 16, 1935 in Troy, NY, the second of eight children to Michael and Selina Minahan. Graduated from Troy High School '53, HVCC '57, and continued studies at U of Miami and UCLA. Bob applied his many talents in construction management and marketing in a diverse career throughout the United States, always learning and always up for the next adventure. He dedicated 30 years to Clough Harbour & Associates and 13 years to the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Los Angeles. At the time of his passing, Bob was part of the Prudential Blake Commercial Realtors family. Bob will be deeply missed by his dear, dedicated, loving and compassionate, wife and companion, Harriet Rothstein Minahan. He was a dedicated father to son, Robert Jr. (Wilaivan Kammoongkun), and daughter, Brigid Mary (Wallace) Hundley; grandfather to Bonnie, Austin and Laurel; great-grandfather to Elijah, Liam and Sadie. Other loving family includes: Vicki Braunstein (Will) and children, Sophie and Tessa and the 'pretty girls', Nicole and Sara Scavone. The family guide, Bob's absence will leave an indelible void for siblings: Michael, Marion (Edward) Reamer, Judith (Leo) Mosseau, Thomas (Trudy), Carol (Robert) Stewart, JoAnn (Richard) McCann, and William (Susan). Summer reunions and Bob's whipped creme game will never be the same for 27 nieces/nephews; 47 great-nieces/nephews; and five great-great-nieces/nephews. Bob believed when you give, you get, and thus spent much of his life giving. He supported numerous charities saying, How can you turn them down? He was always extravagant with raffle tickets and auction bids, quietly gave to families in need, and stuffed his car with toys for kids, just in case. He played Santa at the nursing home every year, and gave of his time and talents to many community organizations. He was a member of the Elks of Colonie; Ancient Order of Hibernians of Schenectady; Rotary of Schenectady East; Watervliet Fish and Game Club; NYS and Forest Rifle & Pistol Clubs; on the board of directors of the Boy's and Girl's Club of Schenectady; and a communicant of St. John's Cathedral. Bob was a consummate collector, competitive swimmer, loyal patriot, international traveler and wine connoisseur. Family and friends nominated his Irish Soda Bread as 'award-winning.' Bob stood proud as the first Valley Cats season ticket holder and biggest supporter. Bob and his family wish to extend gratitude to Dr. Thomas Goodman and the compassionate staff of the Joan Nicole Prince Home and Community Hospice of Schenectady, for valiant efforts to provide him a quality life and death. In his perpetual spirit of giving, Bob has donated his body to medical research at Albany Medical College. A celebration of Bob's life will be held Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 816 Union St., Schenectady. Mass will be officiated by Father Richard Carlino. Contributions in Bob's memory may be made to: Joan Nicole Prince Home, PO Box 2122, Scotia, NY 12302; Schenectady Cancer Foundation, 1509 Union St., Schenectady, NY 12309; or Community Hospice of Schenectady. Loving, giving, caring, sharing...deeply missed. Hold tight your memories, and have a Guinness!
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Jan. 18, 2013