Robert F. Miller
Retired Leominster firefighter, WWll Vet; 87
-- LEOMINSTER - Lieutenant Robert F.
Miller, 87, of Leominster, passed away on June 22,
2013, in the Health Alliance Leominster
He was born in Leominster on Feb. 15, 1926, a
son of the late Louis and Blanche (Davis) Miller,
and has lived here all of his life.
Bob proudly served his country by enlisting in
the U.S. Navy in 1943 and was stationed in the
Asiatic Pacific Theater participating in the
invasion of Okinawa during WWII with the amphibious
forces. He was honorably discharged in 1946 having
attained the rank of Boatswain's Mate 2nd class.
Upon returning to Leominster, Bob was appointed
as a Provisional Call Firefighter on March 15, 1947
and made a Permanent Call Firefighter Feb. 1, 1948.
On Jan. 1, 1950, he joined with the permanent ranks
and assigned to Engine 3 Group 1. He and firefighter
Paul Angelini were recognized for their efforts in
rescuing a man with 2nd and 3rd degree burns from
his apartment during a fire at 67 Boutlelle Street
on March 21, 1952. He served as Vice President of
the Leominster Firefighters Relief Association in
1961 and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on
December 28, 1976. He retired on August 8, 1982. Bob
truly loved the fire department and spending time
with all the guys.
He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting
and fishing. He was a life member of the Eastwood
Club in Fitchburg and the Eagle's Lodge #477 in
Leominster and also a member of the DAV. Bob enjoyed
30 years of retirement which he spent with his wife
traveling across the country, visiting with his
family and wintering in Florida.
He leaves his wife of 64 years, Joan (Brown)
Miller of Leominster; four daughters, Debra Phillips
and her husband Peter and Pamela Cordio and her
husband Dan all of Leominster, Diane Garrett and her
husband Ritchie of Columbus, OH and Cindy Gaudet of
Royalston; two sons, Glen Miller of Leominster and
Jeffrey Miller and his wife Kimberly of Phillipston;
14 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren, many nieces
Bob was predeceased by three sisters, Madeline
Anderson, Barbara Hebert, and Rita Bouchard; and two
brothers, Richard Miller and Louis Miller Jr.
The funeral will be held in Brandon Funeral
Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg on Thursday, June
27, at 9:30 AM. Burial will follow in the MA
Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Winchendon. Calling
hours will be held on Wednesday, June 26, from 4-7
PM. In lieu of flowers the family request that
memorial donations be made to the Leominster Fire
Fighters Relief Association for Autism Awareness, 19
Church St., Leominster, MA 01453 or to the Blue Star
Mother's Mass Chapter 1, 100 West Street Leominster,
Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on June