Robert Minor Sr., a demolition contractor, died on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. He was 65.
He was born on Jan. 3, 1954, in Philadelphia and was the second child and only son of the late Robert Roland and Leola Minor.
He received his education in the Philadelphia public school system and attended Stanton Elementary, Cooke Junior High and Murrell Dobbins Technical Vocational High School. He also went on to graduate from auto mechanics school.
Minor accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior at a young age and was baptized by the Rev. Thomas S. Medley Sr. of 90th Street Baptist Church. He was also a member of Christlike Pleasant Green Faith Baptist Church, where he was a member of the Inspirational Voices of Youth Choir, drove the church van to pick up members for choir rehearsal, and tiled the baptism pool.
Minor became a demolition contractor like his father, who was also an entrepreneur and inspired him. His company demolished many homes throughout the Philadelphia area and many iconic buildings such as the Oak Lane Diner. His son followed in the footsteps of his great-grandfather, grandfather and father and is also an entrepreneur.
Minor was also inspired by his dad to hunt. He primarily hunted out in Nebraska. Minor had many hunting dogs that traveled with him. “He also attended many social gatherings and would be the star of the party,” said the family in a tribute. “Robert would tell many stories in which others would listen and laugh profusely.”
Minor orchestrated many trips to the crab fest in Baltimore as well as weekend ski trips to Connecticut and the Poconos. The children in the family spent many days and nights at his house eating pizza, swimming, jumping on the trampoline, playing basketball and driving go-karts.
He was preceded in death by his son, Maurice.
He is survived by: his wife, Jowanna Minor; children, Monique, Robert Jr., Danae, Allante and Zuri; grandsons, Justin, Jordan and Ryan; granddaughter, Nyla; sister, Denise Darcel Minor (Gilbert); nieces, Antionette and Dameka; childhood friends, Larry and Tally; and other family and friends.
Services were held Dec. 21 at Emmanuel Johnson Funeral Home, 6653-75 Chew Ave.