1923 - 2015
William J. Miller died on May 20, 2015, at the age of 91, surrounded by his loved ones. His smile, zest for life, and gift of storytelling will be missed by all who knew him.
Born on June 19, 1923, in New York City to Alexander and Sara Miller, Bill graduated from Manhattan College with a BA in History. He served as a corporal in the U.S. Army Air Corps, 13th Air Force, from 1943 to 1945 in the Philippines, then at the end of World War II under General Douglas MacArthur at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, and ultimately as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. In 1949, he married Joan Gibson, at Sacred Heart in the Bronx. At the time, Joan was the executive secretary to the New York Times editor.
Nearly 70 years ago, he started as a stringer for the New York Times, eventually settling into the sports department, where his passion was track and field, particularly high school. There wasn't a meet that Bill didn't try to get the editor to give him space for these young athletes. His dedication was admired by journalists and kids alike. He received numerous accolades, notably, the Penn Relays Jesse Abramson Award and the NYC Armory's Stan Saplin Sports Media Award; additionally Hall of Fame inductions for Catholic High Schools Sports, Manhattan College Athletics, and just this week into the Rockland County Track & Field. Mr. Miller owned a medical publishing company, among his many publications, his Dialogues in Pediatric Urology earned recognition from the Society for Pediatric Urology.
He is the loving father of Thad (Maryellyn) of Houston TX, Chris (Ray Reyes) of Jersey City NJ, Timothy (Tom) of Pearl River NY, Terence (Joan Kelly) of Milwaukee WI, Alithe (Tom) Thompson of Highland Mills NY, and Tracey (Chris Zamberlan) Miller of Chevy Chase MD. He is the dear grandfather of Thaddeus (Britt), Cameron, Matthew, Tyler, Ali, Gabriela, Quinn, Aidan, Magdalena, and Fiona; and the great-grandfather of Zadie. He was preceded in death by his wife who died in 1993. He will be fondly remembered by his sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cherished friends. Bill lived in Pearl River, NY for the past 62 years and was an active parishioner at St. Aedan Catholic Church.
Bill's life will be celebrated at the Wyman-Fisher Funeral Home in Pearl River from 4-8pm on Friday, May 22. The funeral Mass will be at St. Aedan's in Pearl River at 10am on Saturday, May 23, followed by interment at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne NY. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill's memory can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Published by New York Times from May 21 to May 22, 2015.