Obituary of Gerald « Gerry » Miller
Better known as Gerry, Dr. Mel or Mugs
It is with great sadness that the family of Gerry Miller announces his passing in Moose Jaw, SK on November 11, 2018 at the age of 68, after a long and courageous struggle with heart disease. Gerry is predeceased by his dad Cliff Miller, and his in-laws Neil and Mary McLafferty. He is survived by the love of his life, wife Cheryl, his daughter Rebecca (Derek) Darley of Medicine Hat, AB, son Paul (Erika) Miller of Haines Junction, Yukon; grandchildren Jared and Jordyn Darley, and Brooklyn and Kaila Miller. He is also survived by his mother Sheila Miller, brothers Gene (Sharon), Terry (Corrie), Blaine (Shannon), and their families. Gerry was born February 23, 1950 and lived the first 7 years of his life in Drinkwater, SK and then moved to Moose Jaw, SK. From then on, no matter where Gerry lived, Moose Jaw was always home to him. During his lifetime Gerry loved and excelled in many sports – baseball, basketball, hockey, track & field, football, slo-pitch and golf. He played for the Moose Jaw Canucks hockey team for 3 years and was on the 1966-67 team that won the first ever WHL championship. From there he went on to play hockey on a scholarship with UND Fighting Sioux at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota. After university Gerry decided to get into the regular work force rather than continue on in hockey. The next few years saw him in numerous jobs. He was Assistant Recreation Director at Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary, Principal at Marshall School, General Manager for Moose Jaw Housing Authority, Manager for the Moose Jaw Civic Centre, Principal at Clifford Wuttunee School, Principal and teacher at Pangman School, Vice-principal at Mortlach School, and lastly Vice-principal at Lindale School. No matter what job he was doing, he poured his heart and soul into it, many times working extra hours, including times that he worked in the middle of the night. He never asked his staff to do something that he wouldn’t do and he was always there to help. He made many life-long friends during his working years with other staff members, and also with many of his students. As the years went by, Gerry continued to play and coach as many sports as he could – coaching baseball, hockey, track, volleyball and basketball. He played fastball for Marshall Hotellers and then continued on with Moose Jaw Fastball. He played senior hockey, starting with the Lashburn Flyers, then Moose Jaw Rusty Nuts and finally the infamous Crusty Canucks. He was so proud to have coached the Moose Jaw Little League Baseball team that his son Paul Miller played on. The team went to Canadians that year and although they did not win, it was a memory that Gerry talked about often. Later on Gerry was very proud to coach and play on the Bush Hogs Slo Pitch 5 and 5 team that won many City Championships as well as numerous tournaments in Southern Saskatchewan. He then turned to golf and loved that sport as well. He so enjoyed being a part of a group of guys from Lynbrook Golf Course. Gerry loved all sports, and especially loved to win. His motto was always, « If you are going to play, play to win. » When Gerry had to leave teaching due to ill health, he would often mention how he missed the kids. There was never a student or an athlete that Gerry didn’t like, or didn’t communicate well with. He looked for the good in each and every one of them, and was so proud of the men and women they were becoming as they grew up. To the end he still talked of so many of « his kids » – but especially the ones from his first years of teaching in Marshall School. No matter where Gerry went or what he did, his family was his first love. Gerry met Cheryl when he was 17 and she was 15. They were married for 47 years and their love grew stronger each and every year. When Becky and Paul were born, their family was complete and Gerry was so very happy. He loved his children with all his heart, from the day they were born until the day he died. Becky was a shadow to her dad, always with him and sometimes even sitting at a desk in the back of a classroom while he taught. Their special connection was always there. Paul’s bond with his dad started through his sports and grew to include their carpentry work. If you wanted to see Gerry smile, just mention Beck or Paul’s name and you could see the love shining in his eyes. Nothing made him happier than spending time with Cheryl, Becky, Paul and their families -and his dog Kimo! Kimo and Gerry had many good years together and were never far from each other. In the last few years he loved camping with his wife Cheryl; travelling from the Yukon and down to Yuma, Arizona. Their 40 foot motor home, « The MacMobile », was something they both loved, and they were sad to see it go when Gerry’s heart condition worsened and they were unable to return to the States in the winter. He looked forward to camping in his new motor home « Mac » when they bought that one in the fall of 2017. Gerry often wished he lived closer to his children and grandchildren so he could be more involved in their lives. Even though time spent together was never long enough, he made sure to make the most of it. He loved spending time with them and was always ready to lend a hand no matter what the project. Technology helped to keep in touch and the grandchildren loved to text Grandpa often and keep him up to date on their lives. Gerry Miller was always involved, no matter where he was or what he was doing. Always willing to lend a hand, an ear to listen, or spend time telling a good joke. The impact he has made on family, friends, and the communities he lived in will be felt for many years to come. At Gerry’s request there will be no funeral. At Cheryl’s request in lieu of flowers, please take time out of your busy lives and spend it with some children; play baseball, basketball, ice hockey, street hockey, a round of golf, tobogganing or hiking – just do something active and fun with them! The memories of that day will not only stick with you, but those kids as well. Please think of Gerry and reminisce about him while you are all having fun together. He will be watching with a big smile on his face. In living memory of Gerry, a memorial tree planting will be made by Jones-Parkview Funeral Services. Please see our online book of condolences at www.parkviewfuneralchapel.ca and www.wjjonesandson.com (Obituaries). Blair Scott, Funeral Director.
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Gerald Gerry
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