Michael Peter McMinn, 72 of Saunderstown, R.I., passed away Saturday August 6, 2016 surrounded by his family and the love of his life, Jane Newcombe. Born in New Haven, Conn., he was a son of the late Joseph E. and Shirley E. (McElrath) McMinn.

In his early years, Michael worked at Sikorsky Aircraft before becoming a successful Executive Buyer at Edward Malley Co. in New Haven, Conn. In his late twenties, Michael moved to Rhode Island and did what later would become his single most defining characteristic. By following his heart, he attended Oklahoma Farriers College where he developed his talents as a Master Farrier and began a successful equine career that would span over 40 years.

Thought of as a "horse whisperer" by his clients he worked closely with veterinarians and was known for being able to find solutions to even the most challenging problems. Michael was a highly intelligent and super engaging man with a smile to light up a room, charisma to keep one enthralled in conversation and wit to make you laugh.

A Memorial Service was held Saturday, August 27 in Narragansett, R.I.

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