April 14, 1933 – March 10, 2022
John Patrick Miller passed away peacefully on March 10th at Chartwell Malaspina Care Residence in Nanaimo. John was born on April 14, 1933 in Nanaimo, B.C. and grew up in Cumberland and Port McNeil where his father worked in lumber camps. One of John’s first jobs was with PGE Railway where he worked as a conductor on the line extending from North Vancouver to Quesnel. It was while working on the railway that John met his future bride, Annie Mae Reid in North Vancouver. They were married in River John, Nova Scotia and moved to Duncan in the early 1960’s. John changed careers to logging and started work with Crown Zellerbach in Nitinat as a second loader and also driving the crew out to camp each morning in the “crummy”. He ended his career operating a grapple yarder and working on the north end of the island at Kyuquot.
John was a sports enthusiast and enjoyed watching all sports. His favorites were golf, curling and baseball. John also enjoyed playing golf and developed a low handicap. John was also an avid curler and past president of the Glen Harper Curling Club. He and Annie Mae participated in many bonspiels both in Duncan, BC and across Canada with a memorable trip to Scotland to play in a bonspiel there. John’s other passion was watching the Cowichan Capitals and he was a staunch fan. You could find him and Annie Mae in their season seats every game. He also volunteered his time by driving the team bus throughout BC to the away games with his pals, Earl James and Doug Coulson. In 2003, John and Doug travelled across Canada to Quebec City and picked up a new team bus and drove it back to Duncan.
John and Annie Mae also enjoyed travelling making numerous trips to the Maritimes, especially to Nova Scotia and PEI. Other trips included drives across Canada in their motorhome and down south to El Centro during the winter months. John and Annie Mae also loved cruising and took many excursions around the world including two trips around the tip of South America and also on the last voyage of the QE2 across the Atlantic.
John is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Annie Mae, his sister Jean in Kamloops and numerous nieces and nephews.
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