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January 22, 2013

Howard 'Butch' Miller

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---- — Howard ‘Butch’ Miller


MILFORD — Howard “Butch” Miller, 67, of Milford, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Hospital in New York, after a hard fought battle with cancer with the support of his family by his side.

He was born in Oneonta on Jan. 31, 1945, the son of Howard and Jessie Miller.

He married his soulmate, Catherine Robinson on June 11, 1966, and 1981, in Oneonta.

Butch spent most of his life in Milford. He graduated from Milford Central School in 1964. After high school he worked for West Nesbitt in Portlandville.

In 1965, he moved to Queens, with Cathy, and worked for Pic-Mount Imaging Corporation in Garden City. A few years later Butch and Cathy returned to Milford, where Butch was a co-owner of the Elm Inn in Milford. Following the sale of the Elm Inn he worked for the Town of Milford for nine years. “Spuds” was a loyal employee of Clark Companies in Delhi for 26 years, where his perfect hair was always the topic of discussion.

He was a member of the Milford Fire Department for 42 years and a former member of the Milford Emergency Squad. Butch was also a member of the Milford Fish and Game Club.

Butch’s whole life was his family. He was a devoted husband and a proud, loving father. Butch was so proud to be the “Father of the Bride” in 2011, when Casandra and Jim were married. He was happy to have his “son” in-law, Jim join his family.

Butch enjoyed fishing, classic cars and going out to eat with his family, where he was always the last one to be looking at the menu. He loved trips to the beach with his family, especially Ocean City, Md., and Topsail Island, N.C. He loved his dog, Holly Berry, and his “grand-dogs,” Cooper Cannoli and Babe Ruth.

He enjoyed watching the Discovery, History, and Travel channels. He shared stories about his childhood and all of his life experiences. His clever sayings were always good for a laugh. There wasn’t anything he could not fix or do. He took pride in knowing he could fix just about anything and if he couldn’t, he learned.

Butch was always willing to help and go out of his way for others, without expecting anything in return.

Butch is survived by his loving wife, Catherine R. Miller; his loving daughters, Casandra K. and (James) Sabellico and Elizabeth M. Miller; his brothers-in-law, Joseph A. Ballard of Davenport, James (Judy) Robinson of Richland, Wash., Gerard (Diane) Robinson of Oneonta; sister-in-law, Caroline J. (Mark) Finne of Davenport; his nieces and nephews, Jamie (Ryan) Crawford, Tobie (Brandi) Robinson, Jason (Sofia) Robinson, Christine M. Kerr, Joseph and Michael Ballard, Matthew and Ryan Finne; his cousins, Lorin (Polly) Miller and Loretta (Captain William) Smith.

He was predeceased by his parents, Howard and Jessie Miller; his wife Catherine’s parent’s, Julian and Amanda Robinson; his sister-in-law, Marilyn R. Ballard; his cousin, Buster Miller; and many aunts and uncles.

The family will honor Butch’s request and there will be no funeral service or calling hours. In his words “Oh well, you’ll have that.”

Butch will be buried in the Milford Cemetery at a later date during a private ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Howard “Butch” Miller to the Milford Fire Department, P.O. Box 359, Milford, NY 13807.

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