MILLER, John (Jack)
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July 25, 1925 - April 3, 2013
John (Jack) Miller passed away peacefully in his home on April 3, 2013. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 62 years, Gwen; his son Lee; his daughter Janice (Ken); his special niece Laurie Brown; his granddaughter Rachel Miller; grandsons Jackson Miller, Bradley (Carly), Clayton and Wesley Robinson. Jack had a special relationship with his large extended family. He was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Isabel; sister Peg, brother Bob (Louise) and brother-in-law, Grant (Rose) Hartwick. John served as an ASDIC officer in the navy during World War II from 1943 to 1945. Upon returning home John started farming. While he began in mixed farming, his true passion was quarter horses. Working with the High River Agricultural Society, John brought the first quarter horse show to Canada in 1956. He also enjoyed sharing his time and knowledge with the 4-H clubs in the area. In 2004 he was inducted into the High River Ag Society Wall of Fame. John was a founding director of the Alberta Quarter Horse Breeders Group and an original Director of the Alberta Quarter Horse Racing Association and the Alberta Futurity and Stakes Association. He spent more than half his life promoting the breed internationally. In 1972, John received his AQHA judging card and spent 12 years traveling to shows in Canada, the US and Australia. In 1950 he married his childhood sweetheart, Gwen Hartwick. Being orphaned at an early age, John considered the Hartwick family his family and held a special place in all their hearts. His true passion was his immediate and extended family and he encouraged and took an interest in all their accomplishments. He spent time with each grandchild and they all felt a unique and special bond to him. John had a great sense of humour and a twinkle in his eye. A Memorial Service was held on Monday, April 8 at 1:30 p.m. at the Snodgrass Funeral Chapel in High River, Alberta. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in John's memory to the charity of your choice. Arrangements in care of SNODGRASS FUNERAL HOMES LTD., High River. Telephone: 403-652-2222.
Published in The Calgary Herald from Apr. 12 to Apr. 13, 2013