June 18, 1941-January 10, 2014
Cary passed away at his El Cerrito home after a brief but difficult bout with cancer.
Anyone who has watched the Foucault pendulum at the California Academy of Sciences, or anywhere else in the world, has seen Cary’s work. Cary was a planetarium technician, machinist, and superintendent for the instrument shop at the Academy from 1969 until his retirement in 2003. Cary was respected for his astute ability to design and build complex electronics and machinery from scratch. In retirement he and his son continued creating pendulums for museums, universities, and businesses around the globe.
At work Cary was famous for catering huge staff parties. He was also an avid volleyball player, participating in leagues in Golden Gate Park, El Cerrito, Albany, Berkeley, and on the beach in Cancun, Mexico.Cary was an alumnus of Oakland Tech High (’59) and lived with his parents, Mario and Mary in El Cerrito on San Carlos Ave. until he married his high school sweetheart in 1961. He and his wife lived in Albany briefly (before their house was torn down to build BART) and moved to Richmond St. around 1965. Sometime in the late 1980's his front lawn hosted a full size replica of an elephant seal for a few months until it got moved to the Marin Mammal (rescue) Center. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Linda; daughter Lisa Meniketti (Marco) and Bryan (Tangerine) as well as grandchildren Julianna, Hailey & Miguel.
A memorial service will be planned for the near future.
This obituary by submitted by Lisa Ponchione Meniketti