Gerard Robert Minogue
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Gerard Robert Minogue (62) passed away on 11 Aug 2020 after a brief illness. Gerry was born on 05 May 1958 in Jersey City, NJ to Gerard Francis Minogue and Helen Mary Anderson Minogue. He is survived by his wife Caryl and daughters, Heather, Lauren and Deirdre. Gerry's presence beside us will be sorely missed by family and friends.


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Published in Orange County Register on Sep. 12, 2020.
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September 16, 2020
I was shocked and devastated by the news of Gerry’s passing. I had just seen him several months ago in May, when I delivered some sample materials for testing to the Duarte lab. He seemed perfectly fine at that time.

Gerry and I had many things in common. We both grew up in the same part of the country -- Northern New Jersey -- so we occasionally would discuss what was happening back there. At one point, Gerry told me that he once lived in the town next to where I grew up. He was born in the same hospital in Jersey City as the one where my wife was born. Gerry even told me that several members of his extended family attended the same high school as I did.

I was the General Manager of OCM in Anaheim from the end of 2012 through mid-2018. While I was there, I developed a very close working relationship with Gerry; in fact, I met -- and / or spoke -- with Gerry every day that I was in the lab. We all know that Gerry was the consummate professional. He attacked each challenge with vigor and determination. He never complained about the workload, although at times it was crushing. He always followed assignments through to conclusion.

I want to reflect on some other attributes of Gerry. He was a true gentleman. He treated everyone with whom he interacted with respect. That list includes: customers, colleagues, suppliers and his staff. Even though it was warranted on many occasions -- and I can think of one technical consultant we had who was at times particularly irritating -- I never heard Gerry utter one negative comment about anyone. When things did not go right, which happened frequently, Gerry never lost his cool. He would always try to craft a solution in a cooperative manner. Conversely, when things went well, Gerry never took the credit for it; he would constantly point to his staff as the reason for the successful outcome.

Another aspect of Gerry that I greatly admired was his generous spirit. He was always willing to take the time to share insights -- or reasons why we did things in a particular manner -- to the younger, less experienced employees. This definitely helped accelerate their professional growth, understanding and motivation. Even when Gerry was up to his eyeballs in work (which was quite often), he would always take the time to educate the younger staff members.

I think the world of Gerry, and I truly miss him.
Mark Kokosinski
Coworker
September 16, 2020
Mark Kokosinski
Coworker
September 15, 2020
I did not get to work with Gerri much as I did not work at the same location; but the times our paths crossed he was always nice and a pleasant person with whom to have a casual conversation. Having been a part of the Exova Anaheim lab and then at the Element LA lab, I know he was recognized as a true mentor to his team and I never heard an unkind word from him, even when discussing disciplinary issues.

My deepest condolences for his family as they navigate their lives without his kindness and knowledge.
Laura Trujillo
Coworker
September 15, 2020
Gerry was one of my mentors for the short time that we spent together toiling into the late hours together in Anaheim, but also during the transition between Exova and Element. I only knew him for a couple years, but in that time he's shared so much kindness, patience, and wisdom with me. He always made me feel welcome and was one of the few individuals who really knew how to put a person up on a podium and acknowledge their potential.
He was someone I could always count on. He was more than happy to support whatever his team needed. I count myself as lucky to have been part of that team.
I'll miss his crafty stories, his passion, integrity, wisdom, kindness, and so much more. I only wish we had more time together or that I knew more of his story.
I'll never forget you.
Victor Huynh
Coworker
September 15, 2020
Gerry ignited my passion for knowledge and fearless travel. Through his example I have been able to experience countless places with gratitude, move states without fear, travel the South Pacific as a mariner and move to Seattle overnight (where I found my wonderful husband). His passion for knowledge and learning for the sake of learning helped build the foundation of my recovery after I experienced a brain injury in 2018.

I sometimes feel that our family has lost a wealth of knowledge both technical and personal. But as a larger community the knowledge and experience we have gained through Gerry is so much greater than what could have ever been lost.
Lauren Peters
Daughter
September 13, 2020
"If I want to gather & preserve memories, I can do in ways that feel right to me. I may also ask others to help me". Author unknown. This expresses how much I cherish memories shared between family and friends. Please shared yours with us. Thankful. Caryl & daughters Heather, Lauren & Deirdre.
Caryl A. O'Dell-Minogue
Spouse
September 13, 2020
Thank you all for you kind words and thoughts for myself and children. Gerry had the upmost respect for all those he had the privilege to work along side of. Please share the things that you will remember best about him. God bless you all. Caryl
Caryl A. Minogue
Spouse
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