"I expect to pass through life but once, if therefore there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again." William Penn
On December, 17, 2013, beloved husband and father Julius "Julie" Miller found perfect peace in his own home, surrounded by those he loved and who loved him. His light departed painlessly from this world, and even now wings forth to a reward beyond imagining.
Born on July, 15, 1924, Julie grew up in Brockton, MA. He and his family knew hard times during his youth, and he learned the twin lessons of the value of honest work and the value of his fellow human beings. In 1942 at the age of 17, Julie enlisted in the United States Marine Corp at the outbreak of World War II, and by 19 had risen to the rank of Staff Sergeant. He trained at the naval air station in Jacksonville, Florida, and was assigned to the pacific theater where he was responsible for the repair and maintenance of various U.S. Marine aircraft. After completing his duty with many commendations he was honorably discharged in April of 1946.
During the time spent in service to his country, Julie discovered a fascination for precision metal work. As a civilian, he continued to pursue this interest, working first at the U.S. naval Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina, and later at the General Motors F-100 fighter plant in Kansas City, Kansas. Julie's experience, training, and imagination eventually led to the establishment of his own sheetmetal plant, ESC, Inc, in Stoughton, MA in 1960. His devotion to his workers and belief in quality products brought him success, and within four years he had doubled the size of his operations.
By 1972, Julie had moved to a life of semi-retirement in Melbourne, Florida. But his passion for metal work was irresistable, and by 1973 he opened a new business, ESC Of Melbourne, Inc, in West Melbourne, Florida. Julie oversaw operations as President and CEO until his retirement at the age of 85.
In his later years, Julie channelled his success in business into many philanthropic enterprises. Among his favorites were The Marine Corp League, the Hacienda Girl's Ranch, and the Children's Center of Titusville. By his side in these endeavors was his loving and devoted wife Jeanne. For 28 years, they shared a love affair so special that it was often remarked and smiled upon by all who know them. Inseparable in life, they will remain forever in love.
Julie now joins in eternity those who have preceeded him; his parents Sam And Jennie, his brothers Carl and Paul, and son Steven Brian.
Along with wife Jeanne, he is survived by his beloved children stepson Kenneth A. DeSimone and his wife Kimberly A. of Palm Bay, FL, stepdaughter Karen D. Reteneller and her husband Daniel P. , grandchildren Katie and David Reteneller of Atalanta, GA, son Ricky W. Miller and his sons Lonny and Shawn Miller.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation to benefit the Children's Center, PO Box 2969, Titusville, Fl 32781 or the Hospice of St. Francis at 1250-B Grumman Place, Titusville, Fl 32780. A celebration of Julie's life will be held at his home on Saturday December 28 from 2-6 pm. He will be buried at sea at a future date to be determined.
" One hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much was in my bank account, nor what my clothes looked like. But the world may be a little better Because I was important in the life of a child." Author unknown
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Published in FLORIDA TODAY from Dec. 20 to Dec. 22, 2013