Raymond Millar, Jr.
August 10, 2021
Raymond Alexander Millar, Jr., 74, of New Fairfield, CT passed away peacefully at home on August 10, 2021. Ray was born in Mt. Kisco, NY on December 28, 1946. He graduated from Brewster High School where he was a star member of the baseball and basketball teams. He went on to graduate from Western Connecticut State University where he continued to play baseball and earned a degree in education. Ray taught science, health and human organism at Pomperaug High School for 38 years, where he influenced the lives of countless students. Ray also served as the president of the teacher's union for several decades. The two things Ray valued the most in life were his career as a teacher and, above all else, his family.
Ray was married to the love of his life, Sandra Roth Millar, for over 53 years. He worked hard his entire life to provide and care for her, and in return, she selflessly cared for him during the last years of his life. Being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in his 20s, he faced a lifelong struggle with the disease which would ultimately rob him of his legs and independence. Ray fought heroically over the past years in an effort to have more time with the family he cherished.
Ray was predeceased by his beloved mother, Hazel, his father Raymond, and his sister Sandra Mihok, as well as his dog, Sonny. In addition to his wife Sandra, he is survived by his most valued treasures, his children: daughter Julie Leheny and husband Patrick, son Scott Millar and wife Brandi, and daughter Kristie O'Neill and husband Daniel. Ray's pride and joy were his grandchildren. He spent years supporting, loving, teaching, and being the best Poppy to Joe, Morgan, Jacob, Macie, Rylee, Ayden, Brady and Kasey. He is also survived by his loving siblings: brother Gary Millar and sister Donna Schutz.
The family will receive family and friends on Saturday, August 14th from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at The First Baptist Church of Brewster, 460 North Main Street, Brewster, NY. A memorial service will immediately follow at the church. People wishing to honor Ray can make donations in his name to SlamT1D which is committed to empowering people affected by Type 1 diabetes through sports at https://www.slamt1d.org/
Published by Danbury News Times on Aug. 11, 2021.