Andover — George William Miller, Sr., 71, passed away peacefully Sunday, December 30, 2012, at his home in Merritt Island, FL.
He was born November 3, 1941 in Boston, MA, to the late Carlton W. and Marjorie Moody Miller of Andover. As a boy he was known to play practical jokes on his four siblings and loved fishing for turtles and eels in the Shawsheen River. He liked to shoot BB guns in Den Rock Park with his father, brother, and childhood friends. He had a great imagination and would build villages and tee-pees in the Andover woods and preside as Mayor of his village.
Upon his graduation from Andover High School, he enlisted in the US Navy and was stationed in Norfolk, VA. He served his country onboard the Naval Aircraft Carrier, The USS Boxer, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. After his honorable discharge in 1965, he entered into the Police Academy. Upon completion, he became a policeman with the Andover Police Department. He worked his way up to the rank of Sergeant. During those years, he graduated from New Hampshire College with a Bachelor’s in Human Services. He retired after 35 years of loyal service.
George will be long remembered by those who knew him for his love of life and family. He loved hosting family cookouts at Lake Attitash and standing guard at the grill. He had a big laugh, personality and enjoyed socializing. Harley Davidson motorcycles were his second love, and he especially liked to go on extended rides through the mountains and touring the United States. He told frequent jokes and liked to banter about politics. He was a staunch Republican and Patriot his whole life. He was a keen Scrabble player with his wife.
George is survived by his wife of 28 years, Cecile S. (Perreault) Miller, four sons and one daughter; George W. Miller, Jr., of San Diego, CA, Daniel C. Miller and wife Lisa, of Newton, NH, Jeffrey R. Miller and Lisa Stavropoulos, of Sandown, NH, Gregory F. Miller and wife Christina, of Derry, NH, and Darleen E. Miller Marshall and husband Daniel, of Westford, MA, and step-sons, James R. and John P. St. Hilaire, of Floral City, FL. He was predeceased by Richard A. St. Hilaire. His adored 15 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren also survive him.
He will be missed by his three sisters and one brother; Marjorie "Tootles" Say of West Palm Beach, FL, Carlton G. "Skippy" Miller, Jr. and wife Ann, of Boynton Beach, FL, Ruth "Chickie" MacNeil, of Titusville, FL and North Andover, MA, and Marilyn DeGregorio and husband Alfred, of Orlando, FL. George will be remembered by many nieces, nephews, and friends across the United States.
ARRANGEMENTS: The family will receive visitors from 4-8PM Thursday, Jan. 10, at Burke-Magliozzi Funeral Home, 390 North Main Street, Andover, MA. A funeral service will be celebrated at 10:30AM, Fri., Jan. 11 at Christ Church, 25 Central Street, Andover, MA. Burial will immediately follow at West Parish Cemetery in Andover.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to consider a memorial contribution to either the Andover Police Relief Association, 32 North Main Street, Andover, MA 01810 or to Disabled American Veterans, 180 Pond Street, Tewksbury, MA 01876.