Daniel (Danny) Minerva of Pomona, NY passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 3, 2023 at the age of 74. He was born on January 20, 1949 in Brooklyn, NY where he grew up and lived with his Mom, his brothers, his grandparents, and so many loving cousins.
He worked as a Hydraulic Crane Mechanic for Mc Clinch Crane Service out of Fairfield, CT.
His family meant the world to him. He loved kayaking with his daughter Tara, watching the Giants with her, and spending special time at night when she would get home from work. He loved taking road trips to spend time with his son Danny and grandchildren Sofia and Danny Boy. He cherished the special times he had with Sofia and Danny Boy and loved taking them for walks to buy candy and toys. He loved the Yankees and always loved to share this with his son Danny and nephew Vincent, whom he adored, and often surprised them with trips to a Yankee game.
He loved his motorcycle and loved riding – it was one of his passions. He loved to cook and got great pleasure in preparing the traditional Italian Christmas Eve dinner for our family and friends. He loved building and setting up his his train board every year for Christmas. The 4th of July was also one of his favorite holidays and he always made this a special day. He loved his Brooklyn roots and he lived for his children and grandchildren. He never stopped thanking me for giving him a life he never thought he would have.
He had a brilliant mind, he loved to read and was an amazing artist. He created characters called “Minerva People” which he loved to teach to all. He loved gifting his art work and used to say that he wanted people to have something from him when he is gone.
He is preceded in death by his Mother Ann, Father Daniel, Brother Joseph, Father-in-law Vincent (Babe) and Niece Nicole.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years Debora, his children Daniel, Tara and James,(Samantha) his grandchildren Sofia, Danny Boy and Gianna, his brother Thomas, Mother-in-law Marion and Sister-in-law Valerie. His nephew Vincent, niece Valerie and Great-niece Lillian who he loved deeply. He is also survived by so many cousins who he thought of as siblings and by so many friends who were family to him and loved him unconditionally.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on his birthday on Saturday, January 20, 2024. The location has not been finalized at this time but further details will follow.