William H. Miller
1939 - 2021
BORN
1939
DIED
2021
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Darien, CT
William H. Miller
William Harlowe Miller, Jr. of Norwalk, Connecticut passed away peacefully at Stamford Hospital on August 30, 2021, after a long bout with dementia. He was born on April 22, 1939 in Mineola, NY to William Harlowe Miller and Martha Clarke Miller of Lloyd Harbor, New York. Bill attended Phillips Exeter Academy (class of 1957) where he played on the varsity soccer, ice hockey, and lacrosse teams. He then attended Princeton University, where he played on the varsity ice hockey team and was a member of the Ivy Club. After graduating from Princeton in 1961, Bill served in the U.S. Navy, during which time he sailed on a destroyer, the USS Strong, and achieved the rank of Lieutenant. Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1963, Bill earned his JD from Syracuse University College of Law in 1966. He also married Jean Piersol of Philadelphia in 1966. After living in New York City for a few years, Bill and Jeanie settled in their current house in Wilson Point, Connecticut.
Bill was a trusts and estates attorney, initially with Humes, Botzow, Wagner, and Miller, and finished his distinguished career as a partner at Davidson Dawson & Clark, LLP of New York and New Canaan. He retired in 2014. Always generous with his time, Bill leaves a legacy of volunteering and service to the activities and cultures that provided him with so much joy throughout his life. He coached his sons' hockey teams in the Darien Youth Hockey Association, served on the Board of Trustees of Greens Farms Academy, the Board of Directors of the Amateur Ski Club of New York (ASCNY), and the Board of Directors of the Wilson Point Property Owners Association, for which he served as Secretary for 30 years.
In addition to ice hockey and skiing in Vermont and Utah, one of Bill's primary passions was sailing. He grew up racing Atlantics and other one-design boats on Long Island Sound at the Cold Spring Harbor Beach Club. He went on to race in numerous Newport-Bermuda Races, Block Island Races, Vineyard Races, and Halifax Races. He also loved cruising the waters of the northeast with his family. He was a member of the Norwalk Yacht Club, the New York Yacht Club, the Corinthians, and the North American Station of Royal Scandinavian Yacht Clubs. In addition to his accomplishments on the water, and in keeping with his spirit of giving, Bill served as a board member and Chairman of the Junior Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound in the 1980s. He was also a board member of the Norwalk Yacht Club and its Junior Sailing Program, for which he served as Chairman from 1981 through 1984.
Bill was a modest, unassuming soul who was loved and respected by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife Jeanie, his two sons, William H. Miller, III (Rachael) of Crested Butte, Colorado and Thomas P. Miller (Sara) of Sammamish, Washington, and four grandchildren, Paige, Ellie, Brooks, and Skyler, who were the little lights of his life. He is also survived by his sister, Martha Miller Massey and his brother, Ludlow Miller, as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. A memorial service will be held on October 9, 2021 at Saint Luke's Parish in Darien, CT at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Norwalk Maritime Center, 10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854 - https://www.maritimeaquarium.org/donate. Smooth sailing, Grandad.


Published by The Hour & Darien Times & New Canaan Advertiser on Sep. 7, 2021.
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Larry and Tammy Pinnock
October 5, 2021
PAM AND BILL LONG
September 29, 2021
Dear Jeanie, I was so sad to learn of Bill's passing. Much love to you and the boys at this difficult time and with many good memories of happier times many years ago on Burchard Lane. Love, Marilyn
Marilyn Isler Brunger
September 26, 2021
So very sorry to read about Billy's death. We grew up together at the CSHBC and Long Island. He was a great competitor, a great sailor but, above all, a GREAT guy. Haven't seen him in years, but the memories are very clear. My deepest sympathy to his family and, of course, his siblings. RIP, old friend.
Tony Hoyt
September 10, 2021
Dear Jeannie, I was so sorry to learn today from a reporter from Law 360 that Bill had passed away. As you may remember, Bill and I started with the Humes,Andrews,Botzow & Wagner on the same day,August 22, 1966, and I may have been luckier by working at the Locust Valley office and not having the long commute to the city as Bill had to endure. Although we never saw each other that often it was always a great pleasure to be in his company because of his friendly matter and wonderful sense of humor. Lori and I wish to offer you and your family our sincere condolences and truly hope that you will be able to be comforted at this sorrowful time. Peter
Peter M. Weiler
Friend
September 2, 2021
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