Mourning the death of John P. Miller, meritorious veteran, distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community

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Senate Resolution No. 1037


MOURNING the death of John P. Miller, meritorious
veteran, distinguished citizen and devoted member of
his community

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to
citizens of the State of New York whose lifework and civic endeavor
served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great
State of New York; and

WHEREAS, It is with great sorrow and deep regret that this
Legislative Body records the passing of John P. Miller, noting the
significance of his purposeful life and accomplishments; and

WHEREAS, John P. Miller of Tribes Hill, New York, died on Tuesday,
May 11, 2021, at the age of 96; and

WHEREAS, John P. Miller was born to the late Cora E. (Brandt) and
John P. Miller on August 26, 1924, in Amsterdam, New York; unfortunately
his father died when he was just 18 months-old, so he learned lifelong
skills from his neighbors and developed a strong work ethic as the son
of a single mother raising two children during the Great Depression; and

WHEREAS, On the same day he graduated from Wilbur H. Lynch High
School, John P. Miller learned that he had been drafted into the United
States Army; after completing bootcamp, he proudly served his country as
a member of the 34th Infantry Division (Red Bulls) 168th Regiment,
Company B during World War II; and

WHEREAS, In January of 1944, John P. Miller landed in Casablanca,
North Africa before being deployed to Anzio beach head in March of 1944;
as a first machine gunner, he saw intense battle and was wounded twice,
fighting his way through Italy from Monticatini, Rome, Florence, the Po
Valley and Milan, eventually ending in Switzerland; and

WHEREAS, For his courageous service, John P. Miller was awarded
double Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star for Valor,
Combat Infantry Badge, European Theatre Badge with Four Battle Stars,
Victory Medal, and Good Conduct Medal; and

WHEREAS, Upon his discharge in December of 1945, John P. Miller
returned to Amsterdam, and in 1946, began his more than four-decade
career with the New York State Department of Transportation Barge Canal
Systems as a chief lock tender; and

WHEREAS, John P. Miller married the love of his life, the former
Lorraine (Blazejewski), on January 6, 1952, and together, they raised
two children; and

WHEREAS, Devoted to his community, John P. Miller was an active
member of the Tribes Hill Volunteer Fire Department for 75 years;
well-known for his kindness and sense of humor, he was posthumously
honored with the renaming of Mohawk Drive to John P. Miller Way; and

WHEREAS, An avid outdoorsman, John P. Miller lived each and every
day to the fullest, and was truly in awe of the wonders of nature; his
greatest joy in life however, was his family, whom he loved spending
time with; he took great pride in his role as a devoted husband, father,
poppy and great-poppy; and

WHEREAS, Predeceased by his loving wife of 52 years, Lorraine, John
P. Miller is survived by two sons, John P. Miller Jr. (Harvey Foote)
and Dale L. Miller (Bryan Kelley); two grandchildren, Christopher
(Jennifer) and Sarah (Bradley), and six great-grandchildren,
Christopher, Matthew, Joshua, Emily, Nicholas and Andrew, as well as
numerous friends, who will long cherish his winning personality, passion
and commitment to making his Tribes Hill community a better place to
live, work and play; and

WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued with a sense of
compassion, John P. Miller leaves behind a legacy which will long endure
the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all he
served and befriended; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of John P. Miller, meritorious veteran, distinguished
citizen and devoted member of his community; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to the family of John P. Miller.


  • 03 / Jun / 2021
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  • 08 / Jun / 2021

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