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Alfred Minner Jr.
  • July 05, 1940
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  • June 24, 2022

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Alfred Anthony “Tony” Minner, Jr., 81, of Port Orange, Florida, passed away on June 24, 2022, after an extended illness.  Tony was born on July 5, 1940 in Suffern, New York to the late Alfred A. and Carolyn (Bartlett) Minner.

Tony grew up in New York and graduated in 1958 from Far Rockaway High School in Queens.  Following high school, he attended the Academy of Aeronautics at La Guardia Airport graduating in 1961.  He then chose to enter a flight training program to serve his country as a Naval Aviator in the United States Navy from 1961 to 1966.

Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy, Tony began his career as a commercial airline pilot with American Airlines in 1966.  During his 35- year career, he was based out of Washington, D.C. and Chicago, Illinois. He checked out as Captain in 1978.  During this time Tony married his beloved wife Kathryn in 1975 and together they built a home in Comus, Maryland.  Tony and Kathy would spend the next 25 years in Maryland, where they enjoyed farming, raising horses, and home improvement projects. This year would have marked their 47th wedding anniversary.  In June 2000, Tony retired from American Airlines after spending the last two years of his career flying his favorite airplane, the Boeing 777.

In 2002, Tony and Kathy decided to make the Spruce Creek Fly-In Community in Port Orange, Florida their new home.  Tony had a passion for aviation and being surrounded by it was something he thoroughly enjoyed! He was as smart as a whip and could fix anything. he told his children that, “There is nothing you will learn today that you won’t use later on.”  Tony always felt that there was nothing more important than one’s family and this is a lesson that has been carried forward by his children and grandchildren.  He will be missed.

Left to cherish Tony’s memory is his wife, Kathy Minner, his daughter, Julia Minner, of Frederick, Maryland, his son Al Minner, and wife, Missy Campbell, of Leesburg, Florida, his daughter Kate Minner and husband, James Hilton, of Miami, Florida, his son Matthew, and wife, Kelly, Minner of Wexford, Pennsylvania and son-in-law Neil Stewart of Tucson, Arizona.  He is also survived by his 10 grandchildren: Lucy and James Sokoloff; Jennifer and Gwyneth Stewart; Madelyn, Cecelia, and Freddie Minner; Hudson Minner-Hilton; and Henry and Rachel Minner.

Tony was preceded in death by his parents Alfred A. and Carolyn Minner, his stepmother, Louise (Van Houten) Minner, his sister Carolee Ahlers, his daughter Caroline (Minner) Stewart and son-in-law, Cameron Sokoloff.

There will be a service to celebrate Tony’s life Friday, July 22, 2022, at 1pm at the Spruce Creek Country Club, located at 1900 Country Club Drive, Port Orange, Florida.  In lieu of flowers the family wishes contributions would be made in Tony’s memory to Halifax Health Hospice at 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, Florida 32129 or The Grey Eagles Foundation at The Grey Eagles Foundation, c/o Steven Fryer, 4300 Briar Ridge Drive, Colleyville, Texas 76034

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  1. Maripat Putnam Kline says:
    09 Jul 2022
    Dear Kathy,
    I’m so sorry to hear of Tony’s passing. He was a wonderful man and a privilege to know. Sending all my love.

  2. Mike and Diane Kelly says:
    07 Jul 2022
    We will always remember Tony. He was the best.
    Mike and Diane Kelly

  3. Linda C.Sterlacci says:
    06 Jul 2022
    I have fond memories of flying with Tony over my career with AA. Tony was a great pilot and a great guy.
    I also remember flying with you two as a couple which was always a fun trip.
    I was saddened to hear of his passing, but know he had a wonderful family and a great life.
    God Bless

  4. Linda C.Sterlacci says:
    06 Jul 2022
    I have many fond memories of flying with Tony over my career with AA. Tony was a great pilot with a big heart, and I always enjoyed flying with him. I also remember flying with you two as a couple, and it was always a fun trip!
    I am saddened to hear of his passing but know he had a wonderful family and life.
    God bless

  5. William and Shirley Hilton says:
    06 Jul 2022
    God Bless and he will be in our prayers. Outstanding person and will be in our thoughts . Had outstanding time in Myrtle Beach and will always be remembered. Bill & Shirley Hilton

  6. Cecile Cole says:
    05 Jul 2022
    Kathy, I am so very sorry for your great loss. May you be comforted by the love you shared and by knowing he is at peace.
    Cecile Cole

  7. Penny Long says:
    05 Jul 2022
    Dearest Kathy
    My heart and prayers are with you at this sad time.
    Tony will be sadly missed by all that knew and loved him.
    God bless,

  8. Pete Joy says:
    05 Jul 2022
    I will always admire Tony for his no BS conversations we would have! His perspective on things along with his humor will be sorely missed!! Love ya Tony

  9. Dottie Willey says:
    05 Jul 2022
    Kathy and family:

    "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31 KJV
    I always remember flying with both of you to SLC in early evening. The eagle reminds me of Tony as he flew us over the mountains and through a raging storm to land safely.

  10. Chris Moreno says:
    05 Jul 2022
    So sorry for your loss of Tony, Kathy, he was one of the good guys.
    Condolences to all of your family,
    Chris Moreno

  11. Nancy Morse says:
    05 Jul 2022
    Sorry to hear of Tony’s passing. We had some good times in Maryland. Thanks for sharing your sad news. Prayers coming your way for you and your family.
    Love, Nancy Morse

  12. Kitty and Bob Pultorak says:
    05 Jul 2022
    Dear Kathy, so very sorry to hear of Tony’s passing. Bob and I remember the wonderful times with you and Tony in Frederick and our visit to Spruce Creek.
    God bless and our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  13. Adrianne Kimble says:
    05 Jul 2022
    May the memories and love that you two shared, help you through this difficult time.

  14. Bob and Charlene says:
    05 Jul 2022
    TOney was a special person and will be missed, but I am sure he is entertaining heaven with his stories of flying high!

  15. Robert Spence says:
    05 Jul 2022
    Tony, a special person to many of us, will be missed in this life, but he will be entertaining all the angels with his stories of flying high.

  16. Dorothy says:
    05 Jul 2022
    Our memories of Tony are bright and beautiful.
    Such a special person. We are so grateful to have known him these many years. Our sympathy to his loving family.

  17. Bob Hoch says:
    05 Jul 2022
    DeEtte joins me in sending our deepest sympathy. I loved flying with Tony. He was always positive and fun to be with. Same goes for you, Kathy.

  18. Kathy Steidinger says:
    05 Jul 2022
    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
    John & Kathy Steidinger

  19. Louise Malenofski says:
    05 Jul 2022
    You have earned your wings Tony. Fly free and high. You will be deeply missed. Sending my deepest sympathy and prayers to you and your family Kathy.

  20. Lana England says:
    05 Jul 2022
    Kathy, I am so sorry here about Tony...my PRAYERS are with you!!

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