• "It is with very fond memories that I remember Mr. Mills. ..."
    - Doreen Cable
  • "I'll always keep a candle burning for you. Missing you..."
    - Karen Mills
  • "John Mills gave me my start as a lawyer in the music..."
    - Paul Spurgeon
  • "As chief executive, John's staff were treated with fairness..."
    - Sharon and Michael
  • "You will always be loved great-grandpa xoxox ..."
    - Christopher Mills

JOHN VERNOR MILLS, O.C., Q.C. Peacefully, on Monday, June 23, 2014 at Trillium Health Centre - Mississauga, at the age of 90. Survived by his wife of 67 years, Helen Mills. Father of Coulson, Douglas, Karen, and Elizabeth (Bruce Meacock). Grandfather of Keith, Patrick, and Courtney; and great-grandfather of Christopher . Son of the late Dr. Cecil Mills, M.D. and Roseanne Mills. Brother of the late Marjorie Muse, Douglas Mills, M.D., and Dorothy Coulter. John served with the RCAF from 1942 until 1945 as a tail gunner on Lancaster 101 Squadron RAF and 156 Squadron RAF Pathfinders Force. John graduated Osgoode Hall Law School and achieved the position of General Manager of Composers Authors and Publishers Association of Canada (CAPAC, now SOCAN). In 1975, John was awarded the Medal of Arts and Sciences First Class by the late Anwar Sadat on behalf of the Arab Republic of Egypt. In 1979, John was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada and was cited as "an internationally recognized authority on copyright law, who has been instrumental in making important improvements in legislation favouring Canadian composers and lyric writers". At the Juno Awards ceremony in 1994, John was awarded the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. This award is made annually to individuals who have contributed to the growth and development of the Canadian music industry. John was an avid bridge player, a member of Lambton Golf and Country Club and summered for many decades at his cottage on Haliburton Lake where he had many friends. Born in Sandwich (Windsor), John was a lifelong Detroit Tigers fan. The family expresses thanks to all John's caregivers with special thanks to Satish and Nancy who were so devoted to his care and comfort in his final months. John was an extraordinary husband and father. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. W. (between Kipling and Islington), on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, from 2-4 p.m. If desired, remembrances may be made to the Parkinson Society Canada. Online condolences may be made through

Published in the Toronto Star on June 28, 2014
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