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Joseph A. Miller, Jr.
  • July 15, 1928
  • -
  • August 18, 2020

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Joseph A. Miller, Jr. (92), of Leesburg, Florida, died peacefully at his home on August 18, 2020. Joe was born on July, 15, 1928, in Hartford, Connecticut to Agnes (Wells) and Joseph A. Miller, Sr. He was a proud Veteran of WWII and the Korean War, serving in the Army during the post WWII occupation of Japan and activated stateside with the Army Reserves during the Korean War. He began his own business, Miller Plumbing and Heating, in 1954 and ran it successfully until his son, Stephen, acquired the business upon his retirement in 1985. Joe was someone who truly lived life to its fullest. He pursued a long list of interests and hobbies throughout his life, starting with hunting, fishing and joke telling. He loved to make people laugh. When he retired, he became a passionate sailor and navigated his 37 foot Tartan from Stonington, CT up and down the East Coast and through the Bahamas countless times. And he began to travel to Mexico, Central and South America, and Europe. Eventually, he traded in his sailboat for a series of RV’s, which he used to travel all over the United States and Canada and to summer in Vernon, CT. During the winter months, he made Shaker style furniture in his garage wood shop. Throughout his life, he was an avid reader and a self-taught expert in US history, especially WWII. The only hobby he never mastered was learning to speak Spanish, which provided inspiration for many jokes at his own expense. His was a lifetime of adventure and learning for a man who willingly passed up his dream to attend college on the GI Bill after leaving the Army to instead help his father build a house, a replacement for the home they lost during the Great Depression. Joe is predeceased by his parents, his son, Stephen P. Miller, his beloved partner of almost thirty years, Gail G. Wagner, and a long list of wonderful friends. He is survived by his daughters, Susan J. Miller and Nancy E. Miller, beloved extended family in Vernon, CT, friends and neighbors, and his dog, Lucy. A private memorial service will take place for family in CT at a later date. Online condolences as well as fond memories may be left for the family by visiting www.BaldwinCremation.com.


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  1. 29 Aug 2020
    Nancy E. Miller posted an image:
    Mexico, 1991
    Mexico, 1991

  2. 29 Aug 2020
    Nancy E. Miller posted an image:
    Spain, 1989
    Spain, 1989

  3. 29 Aug 2020
    Nancy E. Miller posted an image:
    Valencia, Spain, 1989
    Valencia, Spain, 1989

  4. 29 Aug 2020
    Nancy E. Miller posted an image:
    High school boat trip.
    High school boat trip.

  5. 29 Aug 2020
    Nancy E. Miller posted an image:
    High school boat trip
    High school boat trip

  6. 24 Aug 2020
    Nancy E. Miller lit a candle:
    Lit since August 24, 2020 at 8:16:07 PM

  7. 24 Aug 2020
    Nancy E. Miller posted an image:
    Joe and Gail, Stonington, CT, 1991.
    Joe and Gail, Stonington, CT, 1991.

  8. 24 Aug 2020
    Nancy E. Miller posted an image:
    Joe and Gail
    Joe and Gail

  9. 24 Aug 2020
    Nancy E. Miller posted an image:
    Steve and Dad, Alaska, 1971.
    Steve and Dad, Alaska, 1971.

  10. 24 Aug 2020
    Nancy E. Miller posted an image:
    Joe and Cousin Trevor on one of many, many sails together!
    Joe and Cousin Trevor on one of many, many sails together!

  11. 24 Aug 2020
    Nancy E. Miller posted an image:
    Joe’s Tartan 37, aptly named the “High Life”
    Joe’s Tartan 37, aptly named the “High Life”

  12. 24 Aug 2020
    Susan Miller posted an image:
    Stonington, CT
    Stonington, CT

  13. 24 Aug 2020
    Susan Miller posted an image:
    High school boat trip
    High school boat trip

  14. 24 Aug 2020
    Susan Miller posted an image:
    Building his father’s house, Bloomfield, CT, Circa 1949
    Building his father’s house, Bloomfield, CT, Circa 1949

  15. 24 Aug 2020
    Susan Miller posted an image:
    Building his father’s house
    Building his father’s house

  16. 24 Aug 2020
    Susan Miller posted an image:
    Building his father’s house circa 1950
    Building his father’s house circa 1950

  17. 24 Aug 2020
    Susan Miller posted an image:
    Favorite food 2017
    Favorite food 2017

  18. 24 Aug 2020
    Susan Miller posted an image:
    Mexico City 1991
    Mexico City 1991

  19. 24 Aug 2020
    Susan Miller lit a candle:
    Lit since August 24, 2020 at 8:45:50 PM

  20. 24 Aug 2020
    Susan Miller posted an image:
    90th Birthday
    90th Birthday

  21. 24 Aug 2020
    Susan Miller posted an image:
    Christmas 2019
    Christmas 2019

  22. 24 Aug 2020
    Susan Miller posted an image:
    Joe’s Birth Announcement
    Joe’s Birth Announcement

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