Bruce W. Miller, age 91, of Templeton, Ma., formerly of Natick, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 14, 2013 at Whitcomb House Assisted Living in Milford, Ma. He had resided there since the loss of his beloved wife Grace Mann Miller, who passed on April 7, 2013. Bruce and Grace were preparing to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary in September. Bruce was born in Pittsfield, Ma on July 11, 1922. He was the son of Arden and Ethel Miller and was predeceased by his brother Lawrence Duke Miller. He met his bride at Boston University, where they both studied music. Bruce was then called to active duty in the US Army, where he proudly served his country as second lieutenant in the Philippines during WWII. He was a communications officer in charge of establishing both radio and wired communications. This enabled Bruce to continue his specialty as an operations manager for NE Telephone Co for over 40 years until his retirement in 1984. Bruce was always active in his community. He is a Past Master of Meridian Lodge in Natick, was a member of Hope Lodge in Gardner, and a member of Aleppo Shriners in Wilmington. Bruce and Grace sang in the choir at The First Congregational Church in Natick and most recently at the First Church of Templeton. He was a member of the American Legion Marching Band and played the drums. They were also members of the Square Riggers and Jumptown Twirlers dance clubs. They were members of Straight From The Heart and frequently performed at local hospitals and residential facilities. They both volunteered for many years at Heywood Hospital in Gardner. Bruce was a devoted father and was active in PTA and Little League in Natick. Loving father of Bruce Miller, Jr. of Natick, Ronald Miller and his wife Janice of Charlotte, NC, Gail Langhart of Hudson, Ma., Jeffrey Miller and his wife Charlene of Milford, Ma., Carl Miller and his wife Lee of W Wareham, Ma., Marion and her husband Edward Hamilton of Foxboro, Ma., and Laurie and her husband Martin Kelly of Uxbridge, Ma. Devoted grandfather of 13, and great grandfather of 14. He was predeceased by his beloved first grandson, Randy Walter Leonard in August, 2012. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a Masonic funeral service with military honors, officiated by Pastor Sarah of the South Walpole Methodist Church, on Saturday morning, August 17, 2013 at 11a.m. at the Roberts and Sons Funeral Home, 30 South St., Foxboro. Interment will follow at Rock Hill Cemetery, Foxboro. For additional information, please contact 508-543-5471. To light a special candle in Bruces memory, please visit the funeral home website at www.robertsandsonsfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to the First Church of Templeton, PO Box 356, Templeton, MA 01468-0356.
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Published in The Natick Bulletin & Tab from Aug. 16 to Aug. 23, 2013