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Robert Minners


Robert W. Minners

1925 - 2014 MANCHESTER Robert W. Minners, 89, died at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington on Monday, July 21, 2014 after a prolonged battle with Parkinsons and leukemia. His devoted wife, Maria, was at his bedside. Born June 17, 1925, in New York, N.Y., he was the son of Florence Heuser and Walter Minners. His father was a major exporter of citrus fruit to European countries until the onset of World War II. Bob enlisted in the Army and served in the Japanese theatre. He was a graduate of Columbia University. In 1953, he founded Minners & Company in New York City - its mission to enhance fine dining with the finest custom tableware. It soon became known as the premier firm in the china, glass and silver area of the hotel and restaurant industry. In 1965, he became the owner of the Minners Glass Company in West Virginia producing hand blown glassware for hotels and restaurants. In the early 1970's, a fire destroyed the factory. Without missing a beat, the production moulds were diverted to other factories in West Virginia and the company was able to continue supplying glassware to its customers. The factory was rebuilt and was, at that time, the most modern hand blown glass factory in America. Minners & Company also managed a custom china factory in Bedford, Ohio. Bob was constantly innovating and marketing the company's products to stay ahead of competition. He travelled extensively to Europe seeking out unique and distinguished tableware. The company designed and supplied European and American table-top appointments for such well known properties as The Four Seasons Restaurant, The Palace Hotel, The Pierre Hotel, La Fonda Del Sol, The Carlyle Hotel, 9 of the 12 hotels in Atlantic City, Hilton Hotels and many more. Upon retirement, he turned the company over to his loyal friend and associate, Don Gibbons. The firm, Minners Design, still continues today. Throughout his life, Bob was an avid skier and competitive tennis player. He was a charter member of the Stratton Mountain Country Club. He and his wife split their time between John's Island and Stratton Mountain with his last years spent in the serenity of their mountaintop Stratton home, sustained by his caring and nurturing wife and bolstered by his wry wit and surprising courage. FUNERAL NOTICE: A private burial was held at the family plot in the Kenisco Cemetery, Valhalla, N.Y., on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. A remembrance gathering for friends and family at Stratton will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VNA and Hospice of Southwestern VT, c/o BREWSTER SHEA FUNERAL SERVICES, 34 Park Place, Manchester Center, VT 05255.


Published in The Manchester Journal from Aug. 1 to Aug. 22, 2014
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