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MILLER, Edward “Ed” Thomas

May 10, 1965 – Sarnia, ON
February 26, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Edward Miller beloved husband of Marianela of Calgary, passed away peacefully with his loving friends and family by his side on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at the age of 48 years.

Ed grew up in Sarnia, ON, and moved with his family to Calgary in 1983 where he formed many lasting friendships. Ed graduated from Engineering at the U of T in 1988. After graduation, Ed interned at Turbo, and then joined Colt Engineering which led to a position in Houston, Texas. From there he moved to CanOxy at their Yemen facility, which afforded Ed many world travel opportunities, and on one sailing excursion he met his wife Marianela. They were married in Mexico, and a few years later welcomed their son, Thomas. They divided their time between New York, Belize, and Calgary, and recently moved to Calgary where Ed’s final few months were spent surrounded by family and friends.

Besides his loving wife Marianela, Ed is survived by his son Thomas; sister Merry Miller; father and step-mother John and Iris Miller; and many cousins, aunts, and uncles. He was predeceased by his mother Myrtle.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. Forward condolences through

In living memory of Edward Miller, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Stacy (Cameron) Romanchuk :

    I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Ed. It has been a long time since I have seen him or any of the Millers, but I have many fond memories of life on Joel Park. As kids we spent hours sitting in the apple tree or ran wild through the neighbourhood playing hide and seek. Ed was always there with that great smile of his. I also remember looking out our back window Christmas morning to see Ed holding up some of his gifts for us to see. Ed was a warm, kind neighbourhood friend and he will be missed.

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  2. Heather (Harris) Taylor :

    Marianela and Thomas,

    I will always remember Ed as the picture you’ve chosen portrays. Happy, smiling and fun. Words can not ever express how deeply saddened I am to learn of his passing. Maria you have a beautiful son in which to share a future with – and I’m sure wonderful blessed memories of Ed will help you get through this next tough road you face in life.

    I will see you at the funeral on Sunday. God bless you and Thomas.

    With sympathy,

    Heather (Harris) Taylor

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  3. Eugene, Kim, & Serena Girolimetto :

    Sending all our love and deepest sympathies. Ed’s zest for life and infectious humour will be dearly missed.

    Eugene, Kim, & Serena

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  4. This Spring will mark the 30th anniversary of our High School Graduation at Henry Wise Wood. Since then, many of us have been fortunate to enjoy many adventures and good times with Edward. We have all remained close friends for 30 years, no matter where our journeys took us.

    Ed’s greatest quality was always his zest for life. He truly lived every day to the fullest. Not one to sit still, Ed developed many skills and hobbies. Ed brewed his own beer 20 years before it was trendy to do so. He learned to scuba dive, sail boats and even fly small aircrafts. There were many sports that he enjoyed including hockey, softball and skiing. We all know how Ed loved board games, and how competitive he was. We will think of him whenever we roll the dice.

    Ed and I both went to university in Ontario. A few times we drove across the country together, including a marathon 24 hour drive from Toronto to Winnipeg. At the University of Toronto, Ed was a member of the Lady Godiva Marching Band. He was not a great musician, but his instrument allowed him to smuggle beer into many football games.

    I was honoured to have Ed and Maria join me for my wedding in Germany. I was honoured to be included in their beautiful wedding in Mexico. Claudia and I shared many great days travelling with Ed and Maria to wherever wine was made – France, and the Okanagan. Our days in the Champagne region were highlights of my life.

    Ed and Maria were always great hosts to friends visiting New York City. They were excellent tour guides showing us famous attractions and hidden gems.

    I’m so glad Ed was able to realize his dream of living in Belize. Maria’s father was telling me the other day how happy Ed was living in paradise.

    To Maria: Ed made a brilliant choice when he married you. We all love you as we loved Ed, and we will always be here to support you and Thomas.

    To Thomas: I look forward to telling you one day about what a great man and father Ed was. Your father is still with us – I see him in your eyes.

    To Merry: We talked this month about your love for your only brother. Please believe there are a dozen other brothers in this room who will always support you too. I look forward to opening your wine, and toasting Ed’s life.

    To Edward: farewell my friend. Farewell my brother. Shuffle the cards, spread out the game board, and put the champagne on ice. Have the game ready for us when we join you in the next world.

    Love, Peter, Claudia, Neil and Royce

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  5. Dear Maria and Thomas,

    Craig and I send love to you both. Ed was a kind and thoughtful person and we know he will be missed by so many. May you and Thomas be surrounded and loved by many and know that Ed did not want to leave you. May you and Thomas always have fond memories of Ed. May your hearts heal a bit everyday and the love from everyone touch and sooth you. Much love to you and Thomas. Mae and Craig

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  6. Regina and Stan Allen :

    Dear Maria and Thomas,
    Ed was such a wonderful man! I hardly know what to say. Such a premature loss for you both, and for us all!
    We sincerely offer you our very deepest sympathy on his passing.
    Love and Prayers,
    Regina and Stan

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  7. Manooch Hakimi :

    Ed was so full of energy with so many ideas about completing their beautiful house in Corozal which I enjoyed so much one summer as they allowed me to watch it for a couple of months. I will pray for elevation of his spirit to the higher Kingdom and convey my deepest sympathy to his family from here in Haifa, Israel.
    Manooch Hakimi

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  8. Ed Miller, My Dear Friend

    It is with deep sadness that I write about our loss in the passing of Ed Miller. Although many years have passed since our last time together, Ed has been, and always will be, my very first best friend. Time and distance have stretched this bond over these years, but with every meeting that connection and closeness returned in an instant. A piece of myself has been lost with his passing. The memories of our friendship, which I have relived in these past few days, are special moments that I treasure. His friendship, his character, and his joy of life are critical components that helped to shape my life and nurture the person I am today.

    I remember all of Ed’s big days! I remember his first big crane in the dirt pile. I remember the hours spent in the playhouse pretending to be many different characters. I remember living in so many different places, and experiencing countless adventures while always but a few steps from home. Stopping only when the whistle came for lunch. The apple tree was another vehicle for exploration, and Ed never lost his zest for embarking on a hazardous mission to regions of the world less travelled.
    Thank you Ed for your love and support throughout those wonderful years of our childhood.

    I have a picture of Ed and myself on his birthday when he got his first big two wheeler. It was a beauty: fire engine red with chrome glistening in the sunlight and the coolest banana seat around. Ed sat proudly upon it and I held it steady for the photo. The joy in both our eyes far outshone that chrome. His first goalie mask, I got to be the first to put it to the test. His first catcher’s mitt, I got to throw the first pitch. I also suggested that he put on the goalie mask in case of a wild pitch. His first swollen nose soon followed. But as with everything, this never dampened his spirits, it actually made him more determined to succeed. That was Ed.

    We played together forever it seemed; from toy guns, to army men, in the dirt pile, at road hockey, go carts, carnival days, street cleaning days, and on and on. It truly was a marvelous childhood. Without Ed, I cannot imagine what life on Joel Park would have been like. From all of us who grew up in the neighbourhood, thank you Ed for making it such a special place, and such a wonderful time to grow up.

    As the years passed by, life started to impinge upon our protected little neighbourhood. The Camerons moved to another part of Sarnia and the ties loosened. The Millers moved back out to Calgary, and the ties loosened. University and first jobs, all stretched these bonds, but every once in a while some twist of fate drew us back together. For me it was a faulty carburetor on the outskirts of Calgary and a five day wait for the parts, that strengthened the bonds once again. Ed and the Miller family, welcomed with open arms, an unkempt and homesick traveler into their home. I was back on Joel Park once again and it felt so wonderful. The ties were strong again.

    A second trip out West with Valerie, my bride to be, was my last meeting with Ed. We all went out to Banff and camped, climbed, and celebrated our friendship once again. Valerie and Ed were able to meet and they too became friends. It was a wonderful adventure that Ed and I were able to share once again. Now, it seems that it was to be our last time together. It may have been a long time ago, but as with all times with Ed, it was both memorable and rekindled the bond between us. The bond of friendship was strong and no time or distance could break its lasting embrace.

    And now I am so far away, with so many obligations it would seem, and my friend is gone.

    What can I do but sit and hold my son and daughter close as I tell them of my best friend and the marvelous adventures that we shared. Please give Thomas a hug from me and tell him how much his father meant to a skinny little red head so many years ago. How his friendship had strengthened and enriched this young boy’s life so much. Remind him of how proud he should be to have a father of such noble character, and no doubt how proud his father was to have such a son of such great promise.

    You will be missed my friend.

    And now I sit by the window on a cold bright winter’s day and watch my son Malcolm, rush across the street to play with his very special first best friend. I know exactly how he feels as he bounds through the snow, anxious to begin another shared adventure. He is so very lucky to have this bond. We are both so very lucky, for it made my life far richer than ever I could have hoped, and now the blessing of a best friend has also been bestowed upon my son.

    Thank you Ed for everything.

    Scott Cameron

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  9. Konstantin Gregovic :

    I remember in my early youth being first introduced to Ed at his family home through a high school friend. The instant we met, it was as if he was my friend for years. Ed was competitive, that first day we met we started lifting weights! Whether it was playing sports, board games or just talking about life, Ed was and open and caring person who never in my short time of knowing him ever had a frown on his face. I am sad to hear of his passing and offer my condolences to all his family and friends.

    Konstantin Gregovic

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  10. Holly Henderson :

    I met Edward through his sister Merry. I had the chance to experience a Miller family January 1 street hockey match. Edward was always so full of life and zest! During the years I knew him we had many barbeque nights, a New Years Eve party and Dragon Boat races. I remember when he brought Maria around the first time. He was smitten!
    It’s hard to think of him without smiling at how engaging he was. His sense of adventure and friendly spirit will be fondly remembered. My condolences to his entire family. His was a spirit taken far too young.
    Holly Henderson

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  11. Mary Burke, Secretary - TASCA :

    TASCA, The American Small Craft Association, extends much sympathy to Marianela, and all of Ed’s family and friends. Marianela and Ed were former members of TASCA and Ed was a past President who for a number of years was very active in the club. His passing is deeply mourned by all in TASCA who knew him.

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  12. Gabriella & John Castiglia :

    Gabriella and I are sending you this note – but it is really meant to be a big hug. We have missed you and Ed at TASCA for too long. You were both the kind of active members we wish there were more of.

    I know from first hand experience what it is like to lose a spouse- to cancer- it really is the pits! But we owe it to those who have gone before us to live our lives to the fullest.


    Gabriella & John

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  13. John Sassone :

    Ed gave me my sailing test at TASCA. He was a gentleman as well as terrific sailing instrutor. We are all better off having known him and mourn his passing.

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