MILLER, Thomas Stewart died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at Bayfront Medical Center, the hospital in which he was born 83 years ago when it was known as Mound Park Hospital. A third generation Floridian, he was the son of Lois Stewart Miller of Sullivan, IN, and Albert Frank Miller who arrived in St. Petersburg in 1895 from Micanopy after the "Big Freeze" of that year. Tom is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty Jean; his daughters, Dr. Katherine Bass (Dr. Eric) and Rebecca Slater (Rev. Canon Scott); and grandsons, Jamie Bass and Reid and Ben Slater. An avid sportsman, Tom grew up hunting Florida's forests and swamps, and fishing its waters from the Keys to Pensacola, making use of his photography hobby along the way. He also loved fly fishing and made frequent trips to Montana, Idaho and Colorado for both fishing and hunting. He formed a love of the west during his college years where he spent summers mining uranium in pursuit of a geology degree. He and Betty Jean enjoyed travels to Europe, Australia and New Zealand, Alaska and across the United States, spending every summer at Pass-a-Grille Beach with time off to join their family in Maine. He particularly enjoyed fishing trips with his grandsons all fishermen from the time they were able to hold a pole. Tom attended local schools and graduated from the McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN, Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA, attended law school one year at the University of Florida and received his J.D. degree from Stetson University College of Law in 1957. He served two years in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and was stationed at Ft. Belvoir in Virginia. While in law school, he joined his father's former partner Robert McCutcheon at McCutcheon Miller Real Estate and Insurance. He closed this business in 1968, joining Florida National Bank. He moved to Union Trust Co. in 1981, which subsequently became Landmark Union Trust, then C & S, then C & S Soveran, then Nationsbank, from which he retired in 1992, having had a heart attack in a tree stand at Dixie Hollins' Ranch. At that time he was vice president in charge of business development. In 1995, Tom joined the newly formed United Bank as its legal counsel for several years. Tom was a member of St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity, the St. Petersburg Bar Association, the Florida Bar Association, the Rotary Club of St. Petersburg, the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, Stetson College of Law Alumni Association, University of Florida Alumni Association, the Museum of Fine Arts, the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, and was a past chairman of the Salvation Army Board, past president of the Dragon Club, past chairman of the Better Business Bureau, past captain of the Bucketeers Yacht Club, and on the boards of the Rogers Heart Foundation and Pioneer Park. A service will take place at 11 am, Saturday, (reception to follow) at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1200 Snell Islae Blvd. NE. In lieu of flowers, the family asks the donations be made to St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, The Salvation Army, 4950 34th St. N, or Pioneer Park Fndtn.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Oct. 31, 2013