BRISTOL - Paul Minor Sr. spent nearly every day of his adult life at Minorâ€™s Farm & Country Store and built many friendships.
â€śHe had so many friends and neighbors that would stop by to visit him at the farm and market,â€ť Paul Minor Jr. said of his father, who died at 93 on Thursday after a fall in his home. â€śWe know he will be missed.â€ť
Minorâ€™s Farm has been a Chippens Hill landmark for almost 130 years and has been in the family since 1888, Minor Jr. said.
Minor Sr.â€™s father, Dwight, ran the farm - then primarily a dairy operation - until his death in 1962, Minor Jr. said. Dwight Minorâ€™s sons split the farm, with Minor Sr. taking over and building up the farmâ€™s orchards, cider mill and market.
â€śHe worked his full-time job at Superior Electric during the day, then farmed in the evening,â€ť Minor Jr. said. â€śHe ran it for many, many years, much of his life, until he turned the farm over to my brother and me a number of years ago, but he was always there. He was there seven days a week.â€ť
â€śThat was his life,â€ť he said, adding that his father never liked to travel and always told his children, â€śTaking a vacation was seven days of torture or aggravation.â€ť
He said his father was in the Navy during World War II, and after he returned home, he didnâ€™t want to leave the farm.
â€śMy mom loved to travel, and did so with her best friends, and he stayed home for the most part,â€ť Minor Jr. recalled. â€śDisney and Epcot were the only places his wife could drag him to, and he did not like to fly, so they had to go by train.â€ť
Minor Jr. said, for now, the farm will stay in his and his brotherâ€™s hands, as they represent the last generation in the family still living in Connecticut. The farm plans to reopen in the fall and will continue as a seasonal operation.
Family, friends and neighbors will be celebrating Minor Sr.â€™s life on April 28, Minor Jr. said. The late date, he explained, is to give out-of-state family members a chance to plan.
The celebration will be open to all and will take place at the First Congregational Church in Bristol, of which Minor Sr. and his wife were members.
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