Ed Miller

A photo of Ed Miller


Trinity Anglican Church
Saturday January 12, 2019
11:00 a.m.


Following the Memorial Service
a reception will be held at the
Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 185.

Ed Miller died December 23, 2018 at the Chatham Health Alliance after a precipitous but mercifully brief decline in health. His death came just two days short of what would have been the 42nd anniversary of the wedding day to his second wife Helen on Christmas Day, 1976.

Ed was 105 years old, and just prior to his death may have been the oldest living Canadian WWII veteran. Ed served during the War as an aircraft mechanic, maintaining the Lancaster bombers that flew over Germany.

Many people used to ask Ed what might be the secret of his long life. He gave various answers, some serious, some flip. Those who know him best share the consensus that his longevity was the result of the combination of his irrepressible friendliness with everyone he met, and his positive outlook on life. He didn’t complain; he didn’t dwell on his losses, and he had more losses in his life than many of us ever face in a shorter life; he looked for the good in people; he was thoughtful and kind, though seldom overtly emotive.

Ed was known as a gregarious and helpful person to his family, friends and neighbours. He seldom if ever engaged in gossip, preferring to find the best and say the best about everyone. He was known for his visiting of the lonely. He spent many volunteer hours helping out with Cedar Springs United Church, Camp Kenesserie, Craford Cemetery and the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 185.  As a vocation Ed was a carpenter, both free lance and as a long time employee at the Southwest Regional Centre.

Ed was the son of Frederick Miller (1886-1974) and Mary (nee Learn, unknown-1960), and the brother of Donald (1911-1993), Velma (1912-1914), Gordon (1914-2009), Margaret (1916-1979), Douglas (1919-2018), Winnifred (1924-) and Janet (1926-2017), all of whom but Winnifred have predeceased him.

Ed was predeceased by each member of his first family his wife Catherine (nee Cheyne), daughter Velma and son Alexander. He was also predeceased by his second wife Helen (nee McGuigan, 1920-2013).

Ed leaves behind his grandson Chris Miller and his wife Alanna, their children Clara and Will, his granddaughter Tara Miller O’Donoghue and her husband Aidan, their children Alexandra and Abby, his sister Winnifred (1924-), his stepson Michael Nash and his wife Linda, their son Daniel and Michael’s older sons Gabriel and Samuel, and many nieces and nephews, all of whom loved him and will miss him.

A Memorial Service for Ed will be held at Trinity Anglican Church, 59 Ellen Street, Blenheim on Saturday January 12, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. followed by a reception at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 185, Blenheim.

In lieu of flower donations, the family would value in memoriam donations to the Mission and Service Fund of the United Church of Canada https://www.united-church.ca/tags/mission-and-serivce or the Nature Conservancy of Canada https://www.natureconservancy.ca/en/


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To the family of Ed Miller, My deepest condolences on the passing of a wonderful man and valued veteran who was a former neighbour during my childhood. RIP Mr. Miller.

Tara, We are so sorry for the tremendous loss of your grandfather. He was definitely a kind leader of such magnitude, may his legacy live on through all of you. Lifting you up in prayer. May your grandfather rest in power. Much love, The McLaughin/Bishop family.

Thanks for serving ! Very Sorry .

Never had the honour of meeting Mr. Miller but I surely enjoy the freedom he contributed to and for that, I am truly thankful. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember. Condolences to his family, friends, and comrades.

So sad to hear this news. I will miss him at the home and only feel blessed to have met him. God be with all of you.

Sincere sympathy to Ed's extended family. He was an inspiration to all and a delight to listen to. I remember him saying that he should have the last words at the closing service of the Cedar Springs United Church, because he was the oldest member there. He will be missed but fondly remembered.

Hi, I was hoping to present Ed's quilt to him before he passed. As my neighbour and a fellow Veteran Ed was highly respected. He will be missed. Regards, Bob Smith.

My thoughts and prayers are with Ed's extended family. He was a wonderful neighbor to all in "the hollow". There were many a project where he lent a hand when we resided at "Birch Crest at Shadow Lawn". He will be missed and fondly remembered!

RIP Eddy. We will miss seeing you and chatting with you . Don and Anne Gammage