November 11, 1932 – December 24, 2015
Thomas George Miller, aged 83 years, left this earthly life after fighting a long and courageous battle with a number of major illnesses. He passed away on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2015 in East Stroudsburg, PA.
He was born on November 11, 1932. Son of the late Harry and Cecilia (Rogers) Miller, he was born in S. Ozone Park and grew up in Nassau County, Long Island. He was a veteran of the Korean War in the United States Navy. In civilian life, he spent over 40 years working at a career in plumbing and heating.
Tom was a charter member and drummer with the North Merrick Fire Department Drum and Bugle Corps. He was always a gardener and delighted in sharing his bounty with family and neighbors. He had a passion for outdoor activities and enjoyed hiking, hunting and fishing. He was a black powder shooter and took part in re-enactments relating to the French and Indian War era. Tom was an Assistant Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop #149 and an active member of the Woodbury Field and Stream Rod and Gun Club while living in New York State. Upon retiring to Pennsylvania, he became active in the Pocono Outdoor Club where he served as Assistant Vice President and was a longtime Activities Leader. He completed hiking four different states of the Appalachian Trail. Tom wrote and printed a book of stories about the escapades of his youth spent with his brothers and sisters. For at least ten years, he was a beloved volunteer tutor for “English as a Second Language” and used many of his short stories as instructional material. Tom spent many happy hours woodworking and painting with acrylic and oil.
He leaves behind his beloved wife, Rosemary, with whom he shared 61 years of marriage. He is survived by his son, Thomas and wife, Mary Ann; a grandson, Benjamin and granddaughter, Natalie, all of Pen Argyl. He was predeceased by an older sister, June “Pat” (Vincent Narkon). His surviving siblings are Richard (Carole), James (Barbara), Marguerite (John Mayer), Loretta (Robert La Manna) and Alfred “Dave” (Sandra); as well as two dozen nieces and nephews.
There will be no visitation as Tom had arranged to donate his earthly remains for the advancement of medical science through the Humanity Gifts Registry.
There will be a memorial service for family and friends at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 16 at Hope United Church of Christ, East Second Street, Wind Gap, Pennsylvania 18091.
The Guerro & Ruggiero Funeral Home, www.ruggierofuneralhome.com, Pen Argyl is in charge of arrangements.