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Gordon Miller

Gordon Irwin Miller (Miller)

Tuesday, February 26th, 1924 - Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021
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Obituary

Miller, Gordon Irwin
With very sad hearts, the Miller Family announces the peaceful passing of Gordon I. Miller, on February 23, 2021, just 3 days short of his 97th birthday, on the beloved family farm on which he was born. He was surrounded by the love of his family and his 3 angels, peacefully in front of the fireplace as he wished. Gordon was married for 24 years to Reta Johnson and they were the parents of 4 sons: Barry (Linda), Douglas (the late Jane – 2008; Flora), Glen (Isabel), and Alan (Diana). He was the proud grandfather of Angie Miller (first husband Frank; fiance A.J.), Ryan (Courtney), Andrew (Kristen), Jamie (first wife Hadley; Rachael), Tara Hatch (Kevin), Erin Matthews (Adam), Nicole Couperus (Justin), Matthew (Nicole), Mallory Miller (Oliver) and Mark (Kassandra).

In 1976, Gordon married Shirley Christmas and inherited her two loving children - Linda Addis (Ron) and Wayne Christmas (first wife Cheryl; Debra). Gord was again the proud grandfather of Geoffrey Addis, Meghan Haughton (David), Ashley Watters (Matthew) and Lauren Tunjic (Tony). He was blessed in total with 16 1/2 great grandchildren and stayed very involved and interested in all of them until he passed.

Brother-in-law of Nancy Johnson (the late Glen). Predeceased by his brothers and their wives, Bruce (Marg) and Bob (Marg). With the passing of their father in 1945, Gordon, Bruce and Bob took over the family farm in Jarvis. Under the partnership of Miller Brothers, they built a successful farming operation. Gordon was involved in many ways in his community and his church by serving as Sunday School Superintendent, Elder, a member of the Jarvis Public School board for 7 years, Reeve of the Township of Walpole, Councillor for the Regional Municipality of Haldimand Norfolk until he was first elected into the Provincial Legislature in 1975, serving as a Liberal MPP until 1990. He had a life-long interest in sports, particularly baseball and hockey, as a player, coach and fan. Following his time at Queen’s Park, he was engaged in volunteerism, with Haldimand-Norfolk United Way, Crimestoppers and served as chair of the West Haldimand General Hospital Foundation. He was a charter member of Walpole Antique Farm Machinery Association and a 75 year member of the IOOF, Jarvis. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing cards, making maple syrup and spending time cutting wood, as well as travelling worldwide, particularly to his ancestral home in Scotland. Gordon was the recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and was honoured by having the road on which he still lived, renamed as the Gordon Miller Trail. With the help of Allison Gowling, he achieved his lifelong dream of writing and publishing his life memoirs.

Due to COVID restrictions, there will be no public visitation or service. A family service will be held at COOPER FUNERAL HOME, Jarvis (519-587-4414) on his 97th birthday, Friday, February 26th at 3 pm. The chapel service as well as the graveside service are closed to the public but will be livestreamed on the funeral home Facebook page and will be available through the funeral home website as well. There will be no future celebration of life, as Gordon has had the good fortune to have had many life celebrations - on his 90th and 95th birthdays and at his book signing event. If desired, donations to Knox Presbyterian Church Cemetery or the West Haldimand Hospital and Healthcare Foundation. The family wishes to express their profound gratitude to his three angels - Chris Hutchinson and Cindy and Sarah Schweyer and to his entire health care team, especially Dr Dean Zizzo, that supported and cared for him. Gord was always a very kind and supportive man so in his memory please be kind to one another, support each other and above all, have fun in everything you do.

Friends are invited to send condolences and sign the Book of Memories at www.cooperfunerahome.ca
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Service Details

  • Service

    Friday, February 26th, 2021 | 3:00pm
    When
    Friday, February 26th, 2021 3:00pm
    Location
    Cooper Funeral Home
    Address
    19 Talbot Street West
    Jarvis, ON N0A 1J0
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    Notes
    Due to COVID restrictions, a family service will be held. It will be livestreamed on the funeral home Facebook page and will be available through the funeral home website as well.
    Officiant
    Rev. Garfield Havermann
  • Interment

    Friday, February 26th, 2021 | 3:45pm
    When
    Friday, February 26th, 2021 3:45pm
    Location
    Knox Presbyterian Church Cemetery
    Address
    Walpole Drive
    Jarvis, Ontario N0A 1J0
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    Notes
    Due to COVID restrictions, the graveside service is closed to the public but will be livestreamed on the funeral home Facebook page and will be available through the funeral home website as well.

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Gay and Sandy

Posted at 09:36am
A life well lived , Gord left this world a better place , he will not be forgotten

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Ed McCarthy

Posted at 09:47am
Condolences to the family of Gord Miller. A wonderful life lived to the fullest. I have many happy memories of my association with Gord when he was MPP. I believe I was president of the Liberal Association in Haldimand-Norfolk during all or most of that period of time. I have sent a donation to the Cemetery in his memory.
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Mary & Richard Warne

Posted at 06:43pm
In loving memory of Gord and Shirley Miller. May this tree grow strong and provide much joy to those around it, just as Gord and Shirley loved others.
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Carol Miller

Posted at 02:42pm
Sincere Condolences to the family of Gordon Miller.
He was a such a kind, considerate gentleman. When my husband, Bud Miller, passed away two years, I received a card he had signed himself and had someone write a lovely note in it. I was so touched and really appreciated the thought and the kind words he wrote. Gordon Miller will certainly be remembered for all the work he did for the Community and for the love of family.
Thinking of all of you at this time.
Carol Miller, Caledonia.

Roger Swanton

Posted at 01:03pm
To the Miller Family

Over the past year or so I got to know Gord as my daughter and grand-daughter (Cindy & Sarah Schweyer) were involved in his daily care. Gord was indeed a kind and thoughtful man. Our prayers anf thoughts are with the entire Miller family.

Mildred Swanton and family (Roger and Robin)
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