On Saturday, July 2, 2011 Jerry Miller died unexpectedly at the age of 92 years. He was predeceased by his parents, Sydney and Winnifred (nee Stevenson) Miller and his eldest brother, Ray Miller. He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Jean (nee Hackett); daughter Anne (Jerry) Ward, Mathews, Alabama; son Jerry (Linda) Miller, Stony Plain; seven grandchildren: Buddy (Alison) Boyle, Northport, Alabama; Danny Boyle, Montgomery, Alabama; Jason (Christine) Miller Hartman, Sherwood Park; Miranda Miller Hartman (Chad Stewart), Sherwood Park; Melinda (Adam) Kepper, Edmonton; Suzanne (Shane) Young, Edmonton; and Daniel Miller, Stony Plain; and three great grandchildren: Bliss Boyle, Montgomery, Alabama; and Lucas and Alexis Kepper, Edmonton. Survivors also include his brother, Don Miller, Edmonton; one nephew, Bill (Joan) Miller; and two nieces: Susan Miller Preston; and Jocelyn (Garth) Johnston. Jerry proudly served 28˝ years as an armourer in the Royal Canadian Air Force until his retirement in 1968. He was a decorated veteran of WWII, earning several commendations and citations. His Blenheim aircraft was shot down over Germany during the Battle of Britain, and he then spent many months in hospital in the UK recovering from his wounds. Once repatriated to Canada, he was stationed in Montreal at the wireless school as an instructor, where he met Jean, who was a student, and also enlisted in the RCAF. After retiring from the Air Force, Jean and Jerry returned to Edmonton, where they resided on 139th Street until moving to their current residence in St. Albert in 2006. Jerry was also employed as a civil servant at the Supply Depot at Namao until his ultimate retirement in 1984. He enjoyed his leisurely time occupying himself with gardening, reading and other pleasurable activities. Macular degeneration robbed him of these pastimes, but he stayed active until the morning of his death. Ever the consummate jokester, Jerry was known for his outrageous sense of humour. He was loyal to his friends, generous to a fault and a connoisseur of rum and coke. Jerry was a faithful and loving husband who adored his children and doted on his grands. Known as Gerald, Jerry, Jer, Daddy, Dad and Grandpa, he will be sadly missed and forever cherished. In accordance with his wishes, he was cremated and his remains will be interred in the Edmonton Mausoleum. A private family celebration of Jerry’s life will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2011.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the church or charity of your choice.