MILLER, Clarence Alexan­der ‘Butch’

Cape Breton Post - - Obituaries -

It is with heavy hearts we an­nounce the pass­ing of our fa­ther, grand­fa­ther, great grand­fa­ther ‘Papa’ at the age of 80. On May 17, 2017 with fam­ily mem­bers at his side, we shared our good­byes as Dad peace­fully passed to re­join the love of his life, his wife Myrna Mar­garet (Locke), who spent 56 years to­gether and raised four chil­dren.

Born in Glace Bay, he was the son of the late Florence Vi­ola Miller (MacDon­ald). The youngest of five chil­dren; sis­ters, June Burgess and Mary Reid, and broth­ers, Lay­ton and Ge­orge.

In his younger years, Dad en­joyed play­ing soft­ball and later loved watch­ing base­ball be­com­ing an avid Blue Jay fan. He also en­joyed bowl­ing and play­ing crib with Mom.

As Dad started out his em­ploy­ment, he worked for S&L Rail­road, then Cape Bre­ton De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion un­til re­tire­ment. Over the years, he was in­volved in union ac­tiv­i­ties and sat with the Co-op board of di­rec­tors. He was also a long time mem­ber of St. Paul’s Pres­by­te­rian Church, sat on the board of man­agers as well as be­ing trea­surer of the build­ing fund for many years. Dad, along­side Mom, en­joyed con­tribut­ing much of their time pre­par­ing and help­ing with church func­tions.

Papa was very proud of his fam­ily. A trea­sured grand­fa­ther, en­joyed spend­ing time with his grand­chil­dren who he loved to tease.

Dad will be sadly missed by sons, Glen Miller (Colleen), Glace Bay and Paul Miller, Bed­ford; daugh­ter, Su­san Miller-MacCon­nell (Gary MacCon­nell), Ham­monds Plains; grand­chil­dren, Jef­fery Miller (Tara Lyn), Mark O’Neill (Kelsey Pitt), Carter O’Neill (Sara), Mag­gie-Beth O’Neill (Andy Bud­den), Cameron O’Neill (Alisha McCor­ris­ton), Ja­cob Miller and Michael Miller; great grand­chil­dren, Jude Miller, Hay­den Gour, Ire­land O’Neill and Hud­son O’Neill; brother-in-law, Bill Locke (Diane); sis­ter-in-law, Coleen Locke MacLeod; many nieces, neph­ews and friends.

He was pre­de­ceased by wife, Myrna Mar­garet Miller (Locke); daugh­ter, Sheila Anne Wright; sis­ters, June Burgess and Mary Reid, and brother, Lay­ton.

Visi­ta­tion will be held on Fri­day, May 26, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Pat­ten Fu­neral Home, 71 Union St., Glace Bay. Fu­neral ser­vice on Satur­day, May 27 at 2 p.m. in St. Paul’s Pres­by­te­rian Church, Brook­side St. Glace Bay with Rev. Al­lan MacLel­lan of­fi­ci­at­ing. In­ter­ment to fol­low at Black Brook Ceme­tery, Port Morien.

Fam­ily flow­ers only. Me­mo­rial do­na­tions can be made to the St. Paul’s Pres­by­te­rian Church Build­ing Fund, SPCA or char­ity of one’s choice.

On­line con­do­lences can be sent to fam­ily at www.pat­ten­fu­neral.com.

The fam­ily would like to thank the doc­tors and nurs­ing staff of the car­dio­vas­cu­lar and car­di­ol­ogy ser­vices at the Hal­i­fax In­fir­mary for their care and sup­port dur­ing our fa­ther’s hos­pi­tal­iza­tion.

A spe­cial thank you to Bill Locke and John MacDon­ald for their friend­ship and faith­ful vis­its. Thank you to nieces Carol Burgess and Donna Burgess for al­ways be­ing so lov­ing and kind.

A heart full of grat­i­tude and thanks to the staff at Park­land Cape Bre­ton who be­came Dad’s ex­tended fam­ily over the past two years. The kind­ness, lov­ing gen­tle care, sup­port and friend­ship our fa­ther re­ceived will be cher­ished and not for­got­ten.

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