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MILLER, Howard P.

September 3, 1913 – November 13, 2012

Howard P. Miller, a dear father, grandfather and friend left us on November 13, 2012, in Calgary at the age of 99.

He leaves his much loved family, daughter Anne Buckley, grandchildren; Jamie (Shizu) Holden, Pamela (Mike) Leziert, Geordie (Noa) Holden and Brian (Lydia) Buckley; seven great-grandchildren; Saya, Ami, Breanna, Alec, Ashley, Brett and Jillian; his sister-in-law Jessie and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by Amy – the love of his life, brothers Fred, Sidney, Glen, sister Vina.

Born in Winnipeg in 1913, Howard lived a life of love, dedication and service, leaving behind a wonderful legacy for his family, church, YMCA, Rotary, and many other organizations, in which he was actively involved.

Howard married Amy Laing on June 22, 1940. Their mutual devotion and love for each other carried them through 55 years of marriage. They loved the cottage in Whytewold, Manitoba, which was a place to spend time with family. They both enjoyed travel, latterly spending winters in Palm Springs.

Howard’s career began with The Toronto General Trust, and progressed through several company merges to what is now TD Canada Trust. In 1952 he was transferred to Toronto, 1955 to Calgary, 1969 to Winnipeg and finally back to Calgary in 1976 to retire.

The YMCA was an enormous part of Howard’s Life, he was a member for 82 years. He deeply embraced their philosophy of “Spirit, Mind, Body” and firmly believed he learned more than he gave. In 1983 the Governor General presented Howard with the YMCA Fellowship of Honour, the Canadian YMCA’s highest award.

A dedicated Rotarian since 1956, he received the Distinguished Rotarian Award in 1995 and The Cleven Award in 2010 for Outstanding Service and Commitment to the Rotary Club of Calgary South.

Howard was a life member of the Calgary YMCA, the Providence Child Development Society and The Institute of Chartered Secretaries. He was a member of the Calgary Golf and Country Club, The Manitoba Club and St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. In 1977, during The Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth, Howard was presented with the Queen’s Medal for Community Service.

We wish to thank all the very caring staff at Newport Harbour. A Celebration of Howard’s Life at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Monday November 19, 2012 at 10:30 am. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to the Amy & Howard Miller Memorial Fund c/o YMCA Calgary, 101 – 3 Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2P 4G6. Condolences may be forwarded through
In living memory of Howard Miller, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200

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  1. Kevin MacFarlane - Sun Lake Az / Calgary Ab :

    Howard was a wonderful gentleman and I was so blessed to know him.

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  2. E. Chas. Filipski, Jr. :

    My sincere condolences to the entire family of Mr. Howard Miller.
    I came to know Howard through my membership in his Rotary club. Getting to speak and see Howard at our meetings is one of the true extra gems that you only discover once you become a part of Rotary. His remarkable intellect is legendary in our club, but for me it was his profound friendship that meant the most to me.
    I was once at Howard’s Golf club and I noticed him sitting at “his” table readying for lunch. As a new Rotarian I recognized him but was hesitant to intrude on him. Before I knew it HE called out my name and invited me to join him. It was a 2 hour lunch I shall never forget as he talked to me about everything, life, love, my late father and all with pithy and witty anecdotes.
    While we know there will never be another Howard Miller we can only pray that there are more men who strive to be like him.
    May God hold you in His arms, Sir. You are missed.
    E. Chas. Filipski, Jr.

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  3. Bob and Sue Hastings & Family :

    A good man. Always patient, wise, caring and willing to help – all without the need for recognition.

    He was a great uncle. I will fondly remember all the dinners we shared while I was in town.

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  4. I was always very proud of my uncle who worked tirelessly for the common good… but mostly I LOVED him. He was fun and I loved it when he would come to our cottage and snitch a little bit of everyone’s food. Most people would not believe this of him. You had to be family to see the other side of my uncle. He brought us all a lot of pleasure taking us out for milk shakes from the time we were little tots until the spring of this year. He also helped raising his daughter, Anne, who has been an exemplary daughter, very kind and giving indeed. He will be dearly missed by all his family and friends.
    Cherie Arnould

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  5. Robert and Lorraine Easton :

    Although we didn’t get to see him enough we’d like to quote Rob’s Dad “Bill Easton ” and say he was a Gentleman aand a scholar.

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  6. I was privileged – yes, that is truly the word – to prepare tax returns for Howard for a few years. He was a true and courtly gentleman. I always looked forward to speaking with him. He would be more concerned about making the job easier for us than perhaps what the tax to pay might be! I am sure he made that courteous impression on many people and he will be missed.

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  7. Lynne and Tom Gosse :

    Toms’ parents, Gretchen and Ham Gosse were dear friends of Howard. When the Regina Gosses came to Calgary to visit Howard always entertained our family at the Calgary golf and country club. Our daughters, Georgia and Bobbie remember these special times and the kind and generous gentleman who was always so interested in their little lives. The Senior Gosses treasured Howard and Amys’ friendship. Howard P Miller was an exceptional person- a lovely, old fashioned gentleman who did his best to leave the world a better place.

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  8. Judith Parker, Chair, ICSA, Alberta :

    Our sincere condolences to the family of Mr.Howard Miller. He was a long standing member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in Canada for over 50 years. Howard was also a strong supporter of the Canadian Foundation for Professional Administration.

    Judith Parker, FCIS
    On Behalf of ICSA, Alberta

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