William A. Miller
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1949 - 2021
William A. Miller (Billy) was born one of eight children to Walter and Catherine Miller, with seven sisters. After a tour as a Marine in Vietnam in 1971, he returned home to the love of his life, Rita Joan Miller (Cancilliere) and built a loving family. A lifelong member of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 52 in New York City, Billy worked as a Key Grip on motion pictures since 1975, including such films as Prince of the City, Daniel, Terms of Endearment, Silence of the Lambs, A Bronx Tale, Philadelphia, Beloved and Sixth Sense, to name a few. Later in his career, Billy was chosen by then Mayor Bloomberg and the Mayor's Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting (now Office of Media and Entertainment) to develop a program to attract, train and employ diverse and economically disadvantaged young people as film technicians; the initiative remains in place today and there are numerous young people working in the film business as members of Local 52 as a result of his training. He is survived by his loving wife, Rita Joan, his three children, Jennifer Valentino (Carl), Billy Miller (Sara) and Mary Valentino (Chris), as well as nine loving grandchildren: Jack, Will, Luke, Sean, Teddy, Max, Ben, Alex and finally his true princess, Violet. He is also survived by his seven sisters. After retirement from the film industry, when not traveling the world with his bride, Billy remained active on the east end of Long Island in the town of Cutchogue sailing, riding bikes, running summer camps for his grandchildren and fixing town clocks. A wake will be held on Tuesday, April 6 from 3-7pm at Coster-Heppner Funeral Home in Cutchogue and a funeral mass on April 7 at 11.30am at St. Patrick's Church in Southold.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested for St. Ignatius School, 740 Manida Street, Bronx, NY 10474.

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Published in New York Times from Apr. 5 to Apr. 8, 2021.
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April 13, 2021
I am so very sorry to hear of the death of your extraordinary dad, Bill! What a gift he was to everyone - his parents and sisters, your beautiful mom and sisters, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, colleagues and all those young people he literally lit the way for. I remember him with such fondness at events like these for St. Ignatius School, where he radiated kindness, smarts, and generosity. He was living proof that one good man can change the world for the better. May he live in your heart and memory forever, and his spirit guide you and your family in the days and years ahead. God bless him and comfort you in your grief. Sending all the Millers my love.
Beth Lenahan
April 7, 2021
Bill was the best of Humans and a wonderful man. Rita we grieve for your loss. Pequash Beach will never be the same with out him. He lives on in all the lives he touched.
Ann Benson Hill
April 7, 2021
My father and I both had the privilege of working with Bill for many years. Not only was he an outstanding Key Grip, he was an even more outstanding man. May he Rest In Peace.
Rich Khorigan
April 5, 2021
All the qualities that were part of the husband, father, grandfather, and socially responsible citizen were evident even in his teen years when we were classmates at St. John’s Prep. Truly a life well lived and too short.
Bob Majeski
April 5, 2021
He was undoubtedly the very best brother a girl could ask for. We will miss you. Love you
April 5, 2021
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