William (Bill) Albert Miller, 88, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at his residence on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006.
Bill was born April 28, 1917 to the late Margaret and Henry Miller. He lived the majority of his life in La Vallee running the family dairy farm.
On June 29, 1974, he married Myrtle (Patterson) Brown. With this union, he extended his family, who he lovingly accepted the responsibility of helping raise her children, who he always considered his children and them their Dad.
He and Myrtle loved to travel and spend time together. They ran an emergency foster home for several years and over that time raised many foster children.
He also worked, together with his wife, as a janitor at the Fort Frances Police Department.
He was predeceased by his wife, Myrtle in 1998; daughter, Muriel Hoppe; sister, Lydia Link; and brothers, Henry, Clifford, Robert, Holmes, and James Miller.
Pops was a kind, gentle, and patient man who took great pride in his family and grandchildren. He always had a smile, even through the difficult past eight years.
He will be sadly missed and always cherished by his sons, Rocky (Nancy) Brown of Fort Frances, Ont., and Edward (Donna) Brown of Thunder Bay, Ont.; daughters, Sheila Brown of Thunder Bay, Ont., and Gloria Maki (Kurt Shabatura) of Fort Frances, Ont.; and son-in-law, Herman Hoppe of International Falls, Mn.
Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, Sandra Klemetson (Delroy), Delbert Hoppe (Alice), Charles Hoppe (Missy), Charlene Lonergan (John), Renea Brown, Dianne Brown, David Brown, Nowell Brown, Krystal Maki, Andrew Maki, Dayton Brown, and Reece Brown; 14 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Bernice Miller, Bethel Miller, Eileen Martin, Fern (Angus) Hyat,t and Darlene (Ted) Grennier; brother-in-law, John E. Patterson (Helen) of International Falls, Mn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006 at 10 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, with John Chornabay officiating. Interment followed in Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances.
Pallbearers were Dayton Brown, Reece Brown, Andrew Maki, Delbert Hoppe, John Lonergan, and Gary Miller.
Honourary pallbearers were his grandchildren, Krystal Maki, Charlene Lonergan, Nowell Brown, Renea Brown, Dianne Brown, Sandra Klemetson, D.J. Brown, and Charlie Hoppe.
In memoriam donations may be made to the Salvation Army Food Bank, 316 Victoria Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 2C2.