Terry Miller

Obituary of Terry Miller

John Terris ‘Terry’ Miller Glace Bay John Terris ‘ Terry’ Miller passed away on Saturday, August 12, 2023 from a bout with Pancreatic Cancer. I was born on July 28, 1949, raised and educated in Halifax attending Saint Mary’s University and earning a Bachelor of Commerce degee. I was predeceased by my parents, Jack and Christine (Cumming) Miller and several aunts and uncles. I have always been very proud of my Scottish roots; Dad along with his parents and six brothers emigrated from Scotland in 1928. I met the love of my life, Mary, in September, 1970 and we were wed on June 24, 1972. Around the same time I decided not to go the accountant route and started a long successful career in banking with CIBC. Bank transfers became the norm for a while and we met many wonderful people over the ensuing years in our moves to Fredericton, Charlottetown, Monague, Halifax back to Charlottetown, then Glace Bay in 1989 and finally Sydney. After retiring from CIBC in 2004 I was employed part-time with the Cape Breton District Health Authority for 10 years which proved to be a rewarding 2nd career. During my years in Charlottetown and Glace Bay/Sydney I was involved with several organizations, charitable and otherwise. I was very proud of my seven years on the Board of ECBC and particularly proud of my 34 years involvement in Rotary International, first in the Glace Bay Rotary Club and later with Rotary Club of Sydney-Sunrise serving as Past President and past Assistant District Governor as well as other roles but particularly as the long time Club Treasurer. I have always tried my best to live my best life following Rotary’s ‘Four Way Test’ as well as “The Golden Rule”. Over the years, I have been blessed with a love of music – listening and playing – a bit of guitar and piano playing and took up the violin once I retired from CIBC. Many wonderful years playing with my friends in the Fiesty Fiddlers – I treasured those Monday afternoons. I enjoyed golfing, reading, puzzles, woodworking, yard working and generally puttering around in the basement. How we loved those winter trips, particularly over the past number of years to Myrtle Beach where we enjoyed the warmth, golf and a number of awesome friends we made along the way. Mary and I raised two wonderful boys, Chris and Kevin and now we have five awesome grandchildren, Matteo, Kaia, Emme, Jack and Marissa who have given me immense joy over the years. I have been blessed with many friends, both near and far away and particularly the inner circle – too many to name and you know who you are – although I do need to mention my long time golf buddy and friend, Fred (and Sheila) and my brother from another mother, Ray from the Bay and my long-time Thursday Coffee and news buddy Lorne P who always had sage advice. I sadly leave behind my wife Mary (McCarthy) of 51 years, my two sons, Chris (April), Edmonton and Kevin (Kerrie) Porters Lake; five grandchildren, as well as my three brothers, Don (Linda), Bedford, Ray (Laura), London, Ont., Rob (Denise), Malagash, NS together with my wonderful nieces and cousins. I appreciate very much the care I received from Dr. Saliba and the nursing staff at the Cape Breton Cancer Center, Laurelbeth and certainly the excellent care I received from my long-time fantastic MD Dr. Mark Ellerker. If inclined, donations can be made to The Rotary Foundation or the Cape Breton Cancer Center. I fought hard, but now I am at peace. I will miss you all! Cremation has taken place under the care of T.J. Tracey Cremation and Burial Specialists, 370 Reserve St., Glace Bay, NS (902-849-4199). Thank you to Tracey’s Funeral Home, for their care and compassion given to Terry. As per Terry’s wishes there will be no services. Family and friends will gather for a toast in his honour at a later date. Words of comfort may be sent to the family by visiting www.tjtracey.com
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