Robert Wilson Minter, one-time president of Minter's Candies, who moved to Rhode Island to take over another candy factory and then to Vermont for skiing and community service, died Tuesday after a yearlong battle with lung cancer. He was 80 and lived in Waterbury, Vt.
Bob was a man of many interests, including skiing, traveling, sailing and golf. He also had a passion for big-band music.
He was born in Philadelphia to Ira Wilson Minter and Ethel Minter. He attended the Haverford School, Amherst College and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
His father was the founder of Minter's Candies, a major candy producer in Philadelphia, which Bob took over in the mid-'50s. In 1977, he moved to Providence, R.I., to take over School House Candies, a major producer of jelly beans.