Gary S. Mininsohn
August 23, 1949 – January 10, 2014
On Friday, January 10, 2014, Gary Steven Mininsohn "Crane" of Gaithersburg, MD. Devoted father of Seth Mininsohn (Lori Horwitz) and Randi Mininsohn; beloved brother of Bill Mininsohn (Kathy Prosser).
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 11 a.m. at HINES-RINALDI FUNERAL HOME, 11800 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD. Interment at Garden of Remembrance Cemetery, Clarksburg, MD. The family will receive friends at the residence of John Kudel, Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to American University or the charity of your choice.
Arrangements by HINES-RINALDI FUNERAL HOME, INC., under Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington Contract.
Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 13, 2014.
Big Guy, Huge Heart
In the middle of a Rockville Jaycees Meeting in the mid 70's a fairly loud, big guy that nobody knew bellowed something from the back of the room. It was Gary Mininsohn’s first Jaycee Meeting and by the end of the meeting everyone knew him. Gary died on January 10, 2014, apparently from a heart attack. I don’t believe he had any health insurance and most likely was not seeing a cardiologist. Gary left a legacy of fond memories with his many, many friends. It is a tremendous tribute to him that there was standing room only at his funeral. Members of the legal community focused on the kind of person Gary was rather than the fact that he wasn’t continuing to practice law. In addition to family members and friends from other avenues of his life, members of the legal community were well represented including: Judges John Debelius, Steve Salant, Audrey Creighton, Brian Kim and John Moffett, State’s Attorney John McCarthy, six past presidents of the Montgomery County Bar and three past presidents of the Maryland State Bar.
Gary’s sense of humor was legendary. This past Christmas he saw Ann Harrington and Dave Driscoll at a movie in the Kentlands and immediately exclaimed “I didn’t know you were Jewish”! Gary was the type of Guy who would talk to anyone, anywhere. Although he did not know them, I personally observed him approaching former Maryland Football Coach, Ralph Friedgen and former Maryland Basketball Coach, Gary Williams as if they were best buddies. Unless you knew Gary Williams well, he was not exactly a warm and fuzzy guy.
Although Gary experienced overwhelming heartbreak over the years, he held his head high and always maintained an upbeat and friendly demeanor. He was forever helping friends or even acquaintances that he didn’t know that well with their problems. Gary tutored Steve Gittleson on Civil and Criminal cases. He also referred a number of clients to Steve and no matter how bad the facts or the law, Gary always thought every case was a winner.
Gary would frequently come by my law office yelling, “Big Deane, Big Deane.” You didn’t need three D glasses to know that he was much bigger than I and I would admonish him to get down to Sterling Optical if he thought I was big. I also mentioned to him on one occasion: “You think you’re such a fashion plate, but do you really think that wearing a rope as a belt to hold up your pants is going to impress that many women!”
Gary shared office space for a few years with John Kudel and John’s right and left arm, Mindy Parker. Mindy described Gary as a big teddy bear. She mentioned that on occasion Gary would go to Court disheveled with his tie askew, his shirttail out and with the wrong file. Yet he would come back from Court having won the case!
Judge Steve Salant shared office space with Gary prior to becoming a Domestic Relations Master and Judge. Steve’s typical appointment with a client would be for an hour and Gary’s typical appointment would be for two hours. Steve remarked that when an individual would reappear from Gary’s office he would not only be a client but a friend.
For a number of years Gary had a very tough go of it but never let it show on the outside and was always talking glowingly about his son Seth and his daughter Randi. We will miss his sense of humor, his outgoing personality and his ability to interact with people from all walks of life. He was extremely active in the original “Third Tuesdays Networking Extravaganza” and a number of people told me that they only went to these networking meetings because they knew Gary would be there and he had called them to encourage them to come. He was also president of the local chapter of Business Networking Inc. One of the individuals who didn’t know Gary told me that when he went to his first meeting Gary introduced him to seven people within the first few minutes.
Gary epitomized the phrase, “Laugh and the World Laughs With You, Cry and You Cry Alone.”
So many of us cared about Gary and he will be sorely missed by so very many. May he rest in peace.
Deane A. Shure