John Miller

Obituary of John Miller

John “Jack” Miller, who spent his life giving of himself to the community of Burlington, passed away after a brief illness at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center on Sunday afternoon, July 12, 2009. He was 73 years old. Jack was born in Boston, the son of the late Philip and Catherine Miller. He was raised and educated in Boston. He married his wife Florence and they settled in Burlington in 1961 to raise their four sons. Jack was not the type of person who sat idle. He enjoyed being involved in all sorts of activities, sports, and politics within the Town of Burlington. He was a coach for Burlington Baseball and Softball and he was also an umpire. Jack served on the Board of Directors for the Burlington Pop Warner. He was a coach for Burlington Recreation Basketball. He served as President for the Burlington High School Booster Club and he was currently President of the Tower Hill Tenants Association. Jack had served on the School Committee at Shawsheen Technical High School for 30 years. He had served as a Selectmen, Planning Board and Board of Appeals member. Jack was always willing to lend a hand to many other activities and events in the town over the years. Jack loved the community of Burlington and he did his best to make it a wonderful place to live. Jack had worked as an Administrative Assistant at Kaiser Engineering for a number of years. He then changed his career to teaching. He taught printing for a few years and then moved to Minuteman Regional Technical high School in Lexington for 16 years. He enjoyed sharing his knowledge with the students as well as helping them form the foundation of skills necessary to contribute to society. Jack was the beloved husband of Florence “Flossie” (Hurley) Miller of Burlington. He was the proud father of John “Jack” Miller of Woodland Park, CO, Kevin Miller of Townsend, Steven Miller of Derry, NH, and Michael Miller of Ventura, CA. He was also survived by 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Funeral from the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., BURLINGTON (exit 34 off Rt. 128, Woburn side) on Friday, July 17 at 9 a.m. Followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Margaret’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours Thursday 4-8 p.m. Interment will be private. Memorials in Jack’s name may be made to the Burlington Recreation Dept. Memorial Fund, Burlington Town Hall, 29 Center St., Burlington, MA 01803. For directions, obituary, & online guestbook see or Kevin's words of remembrance So many times. So many memories. So many lessons learned. Dad was my father, friend, and teacher. He was my go to guy. He loved his family, friends, and his community. But for sure his true love was mom. He worked hard to keep his boys on the straight and narrow through the 70’s when Burlington was a growing community. As a small boy I can remember many evenings with no dad at the dinner table.- Town meetings, selectman meetings, Pop Warner, little league , Babe Ruth , basketball ; you name it ,he did it , and loved it . How mom dealt with that I’ll never know?? I know she supported him in everything he did . Years went on high school, marriages, grandchildren. Jack, myself , Steven were moving on to start our own families. Dad enjoyed golfing with Mike and attending his softball games with mom. In 1999 Mike got married and moved to California. Dad turned his focus to taking care of mom full time for as long as he could, and as well as he could. In 2007 we were forced to make a decision on what to do with mom. Jacks world changed forever this took a part of my Dad’s soul. After this I spent much more time with Dad, hunting trips to Colorado, traveling to Nova Scotia . But the laughs were getting limited. I think he was trying to tell me something. Steven and I were with him until he took his last breath, we didn’t want him to be alone. Dad I know you are resting comfortably now, waiting for mom. I will think of you every day. Mom will be fine. I’ll see to that. Please do something for yourself for a change. It’s finally time. Rest Well.
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