Robert Ward Minnerly

March 21, 1935June 1, 2010

ARLINGTON, TEXAS -- On Tuesday, June 1, 2010, Robert Ward Minnerly found peace after a long-fought battle with multiple health issues. Memorial service: 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 9, at Carr Chapel, 2855 S. University Drive, Fort Worth. Interment: Robert will be buried in a private family ceremony in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery with military honors. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please make donations to R. Merle Palmer Minority Scholarship Foundation, Tacoma, Wash.; MultiCare Health Foundation, Tacoma, Wash.; Charles Wright Academy, Tacoma, Wash.; Fort Worth Country Day School, Fort Worth, Texas; Berkshire School, Sheffield, Mass. Robert never knew a stranger and was known to many for his big smile, warm eyes and open heart. In March 1935, Robert was born to Richard and Margaret Minnerly in Yonkers, N.Y. He attended Charles E. Gorton High School. After his high school career, Robert attended Brown University where he played football, pledged Delta Upsilon and was elected class vice president. Following graduation, Robert married his high school sweeheart, Sandra. Through the Brown ROTC program, Robert was commissioned into the Navy where he became a naval aviator flying for the VP-44 squadron. After departing the Navy, Robert started his teaching career at Rumsey Hall School in Connecticut. Shortly thereafter, he became headmaster of Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass. During the summers, Robert would teach at the Salisbury Summer School in Connecticut. Robert then became the new high school principal for Fort Worth Country Day School in Fort Worth, where he also enjoyed coaching the high school baseball team. After several years at FWCDS, Robert accepted a position in Tacoma, Wash., as headmaster of Charles Wright Academy. Although he no longer had to chaperone dances, he still was afforded the opportunity of continuing his coaching career with the middle school boys' baseball team. While at CWA and after his retirement, Robert was a community leader through several organizations, serving on the Washington State Board of Education, Tacoma's American Leadership Forum, Broadway Center Board, and MultiCare Health Foundation Board. He also served as directors of the Lemay Car Museum and the R. Merle Palmer Minority Scholarship Foundation. Through opportunities and challenges, Robert became a man many admired. He was graced with a great sense of humor and his warm smile welcomed all into his office. He was patient and enjoyed watching and supporting the personal growth of students, teachers, board members and ball players. He was often times seen with his hands upon his head, observing the world. He is now able to sit back, relax and take in the game. Survivors: Robert is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Sandra Minnerly; sons, Scott Minnerly and his wife, Genoveva, John Minnerly and his wife, Annette; daughter, Sydney Minnerly and her partner, Shannon Dennis. He also left four beautiful grandchildren, Stephanie, Katalin, Charles and Abigail. Robert is also survived by his brother, Richard Minnerly, and sister-in- law, Beverly, and their children.


  • Memorial Service Friday, July 9, 2010

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Jan Finch

July 20, 2010

Sandra, Scott, John, and Sydney, it's difficult to express to you how highly I regard Bob and your whole family, even though I haven't seen you in nearly 25 years. That's how potent the effect of having known the Minnerlys is. Bob is the best boss I've ever had because he treated everyone like family. He often referred to himself as a "buffer" between his staff and the "powers-that-be." Absolutely, Bob made everything better. Our college counselor once said, "When you're feeling worried or down about a problem and you go see Bob about it, he makes you feel like a million bucks!" Our schools work on character education to help students learn how to care for and respect one another. A speaker I've heard on the subject asked us to imagine that in every choice we have, with every word we speak, and in every action we take, that we have surrounding us our board of directors, composed of the people we care about, honor, and respect; those whom we have learned from, have mentored us, or whose lives demonstrate exceptional character. This imaginary board is with us and our actions reflect what they stand for. One of those sitting on my board of directors is Bob Minnerly, and I can't thank him enough for having been a part of my life. Thank you for gracing this world with your magnificant presence. You will always be with us.

Glen Campbell

July 20, 2010

I was radioman on VP44 crew 8/5, Lt. Minnerly was the co-pilot, Lt. Vito Vine, pilot. Never a dull moment! Our ordinance man screwed up a nuke and couldn't safe it. We flew around quite a while before instructions came from Norfolk. We also crashed at Boca Chica FL April 21, 1961 (Bay of Pigs) during landing, Bob had a copy of the photo of that P2V I had taken. Normally I rode the astro dome during taxi,When we taxied close to Breesy Point one time, Bob took my place to look for Sandy who was supposed to be waiting. I met up with him at the Tucson reunion and spoke and emailed several times afterward. I introduced Bob to my wife as the pilot who crashed my plane at Boca Chica. He corrected me saying NO, it was Vine who crashed the plane. I have fond memories of Bob. Fair winds and following Seas Bob. Glen Campbell VP44 58-61

Pamela Carter

July 16, 2010

Scott and G Minnerly and family- sorry about the passing of a such a fine person as your father..
You are in our prayers.
The Carter Family,
Pam, Wayne, Corey and Christopher

Richard/Kelly Taylor

July 8, 2010

Dearest Scott and G ... I am so sorry to hear of the loss of a Father. I never got the chance to meet him. But from reading about him the apple doesnt fall far from the tree. Scott you have always been family to me and my brother for years. I know the pain is hard to handle but I promise it will get better. Thank you for sharing your Dad with so many people he was a true Hero to alot of people....

the Vball brothers Richard and Kelly

Bob Stephan

July 6, 2010

Farewell to a mighty fine co-pilot and friend.
There must be a place where Navy pilots go
When their wings get too weary, and their airspeed gets low.
Where you'd see all the shipmates you'd served with before,
And they'd call out your name as you came through the door.

See you there, Bobo,
"Saint" Stephan

Fred Webb

July 3, 2010

Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.

Trevor Moawad

July 2, 2010

Sydney and family,

I had the true pleasure of spending my 'formative' years under the guidance of your father. He was my middle school baseball coach, high school headmaster, and a valued perspective for me helping me make career choices far beyond high school. I loved the opportunities I had to just sit in his office and feel 'pretty cool' and he was always so easy to speak with... Athletically, academically, artistically - he could speak all languages to all people and in the simplest words - was just a very talented man. I too lost our Bob - the 'MoBob' a few years back (Bob Moawad) and it just doesnt seem fair to lose men like these at any point, particularly when they have so much to offer so many people.... I vas very shook up upon hearing the news and I truly value your family and thank you for sharing your dad with so many of us... For me he helped me make critical decisions after graduate school with my athletic and professional opportunities ultimately leading me to IMG where im in my 11th year. My mother, Andrea, will be representing the Moawad family next Tuesday. All the best to you and your family!

Trevor Moawad, CWA '91, (Sarasota, Florida)

Lisa Wardell

June 30, 2010

Dear Family - I am so grateful to Mr. Minnerly for making Berkshire so diverse and exciting a place to be as a freshman back in 1975. Thank you Mr Minnerly. Rest in Peace.

Eric LeMay

June 29, 2010

I miss our talks.

Paul E. Miller

June 16, 2010

Bob's gracious attitude towards life was inspiring. His willingness to "step back into the fray" by leading the LeMay Museum board is the reason we have a museum under construction today. His quiet reason, his big smile and his generous heart never failed to teach me how I should be living my life.