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Charles Miller

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My uncle, Charles (Charlie) Miller, lived in the NYC region most of his life. He enjoyed his youthful summers with his brothers (the oldest, my father) on the Great South Bay on Long Island, and fell in love with the water. This led him to the Navy for a time, and ultimately a plane mechanic (how cool!). His first wife passed at a very young age, which I believe broke his huge loving heart. He married again – the wedding I remember vividly as i got to wear a beautiful dress – but only for a short time. Uncle Charlie got himself a house on Lake Hopatcong which I loved to go visit despite the steep and neverending steps, and the fact that the house needed an upgrade severely. But a young teenager could care less when the lake was always accessible, and Uncle Charlie was always up for a drive on his boat. At some point 20+ years ago, Uncle Charlie was inspired to move to Tucson, AZ (“Its a DRY heat,” he would always say). The distance was enough, and a young adult too busy, to keep us from staying in touch. He remarried to wonderful woman, Mary, a few years ago, and I’m happy he was able to share his love with someone in his final days. My uncle, Charlie Miller, passed away last night after a long battle with cancer. I light this candle for you, Uncle Charlie, to remember you, the wonderful life you led, and the memories you leave that we all will cherish.

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  • Helen Miller On

    Always on the go!

    Charlie was the best man at our wedding. Shortly after our wedding, Charlie would call me at work on Fridays (I was working in NYC) telling me not to catch the train - that he would pick me up and drive me home, since he was coming out to see us. He knew no invitation was necessary! I really got to know him on those hour-long rides! Fast forward to when he was in a down time in his life - he spent weekends with us for at least a year, before he decided to go to Tuscon, where friends of Katy were living. Fred, Bill and Paula really got to know him then, and he took credit for introducing them to good movies! Dad and I are happy that we took the time to go out to see him a few weeks ago. He left us with a special gift, saying to us as we left him: "Peace be with you!". He was ready to meet his Maker and join his relatives already in heaven!


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