MILLER, Dr. Telford Wilson Dempsey
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January 9, 1925 - September 12, 2012
Dr. Telford Wilson Dempsey Miller of Mission, BC passed away peacefully on September 12, 2012 at the age of 87 years with his family at his side. He spent his final months as a patient in Christine Morrison Hospice in Mission Memorial Hospital, the same hospital where he spent the last years of his medical career. He is survived by his wife Joan, 3 children, Tanice (Kirk), Pamela (Will) and David (Wendy) and 3 grandchildren Amy, Benjamin and Nicholas. He was predeceased by his father Telford in 1970, his only brother Barry in 1983 and his mother Edna in 1993. Telford was born in Chicago Illinois, the first of two sons to Telford and Edna Miller. Telford's early years were filled with childhood friends, pond hockey, singing, stamp collecting and Saturday matinees. He was raised in Carman Manitoba and then St. Norbert where he worked in the family hotel business until he received a scholarship to attend the University of Manitoba Medical School. After graduating in 1950 he met his future bride at Victoria Hospital in Winnipeg where he was an Intern and she was a nurse. He married Joan Anita Peacock on September 29th, 1950 at Riverview United Church in Winnipeg and they worked as a GP and an office Nurse for over nine years in the rural towns of Morden, Roland and Oakville Manitoba. While working long hours and helping to raise 3 children he pursued hobbies of drawing, painting, stamp collecting, making family movies, boating, fishing and duck hunting. In 1960 he began training at the University of Alberta in Edmonton to become a General Surgeon in 1965, and then practiced in Fort St John, BC until 1976. As the only surgeon there, he worked hard but still found moments to enjoy the northern lifestyle of ski-dooing, golfing, fishing, hunting and watching hockey games. When the family relocated to the lower mainland they lived in Aldergrove, Fort Langley and finally settled in Mission, BC in 1980 where he worked at Mission Memorial Hospital until his retirement. These years were then filled with playing bridge, learning the piano, organ and computer, reading medical journals and gardening. He was very social, loved people and particularly enjoyed chatting with family and friends, including new friends at the Pleasantview Seniors Club in Mission. We will miss his laugh, his thirst for learning, and spirit for living. The family would like to thank the Doctors, Nurses and staff at Mission Memorial Hospital and Hospice for their kindness and support. We also want to acknowledge the wonderful care provided by Dr. Peter Barnsdale and the care team from Classic Caregivers - Mia, Gloria, Lorraine and Joan. A memorial service and gathering will be at St. Pauls Presbyterian Church in Mission at 8469 Cedar Street, officiated by Reverend Rebecca Simpson, on Friday, September 21st at 12:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to Mission Memorial Hospital or Christine Morrison Hospice or Pleasantview Daycare.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Sept. 18, 2012