Kenneth Miller, 81, lived most of life in England
Kenneth James Miller, 81, died unexpectedly on April 4, 2010, at home.
Mr. Miller, the son of the late Walter and Winifred Miller, was born Sept. 7, 1928, in Kingston, England.
He emigrated to the United States to be with his family in 2000.
Mr. Miller is survived by his daughter, Ferne Capellaro, and her husband, Mark, of Danbury; his son, John Miller, and his partner, Danielle, of Danbury; and his daughter, Juliette Bradley, and her husband, Sean, of New Milford.
He is also survived by his grandchildren, Daniel Miller, and his wife, Kim, of Pittsburgh, Pa., Amy Orschel, and her husband, Dave, of Collinsville, Janel Blanding, and her husband, Kevin, of Seymour, Kim Lemak, and her husband, Tom, of Danbury, Kathryn Capellaro, of Danbury, Melissa Miller, of Danbury, and Jessica and Tyler Bradley, of New Milford.
Mr. Miller also considered Meghan and Taylor Throckmorton to be recent blessings to his line of grandchildren.
He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Muriel Hansen, of Wilton, and her husband, Trygve.
He was preceded in death by his eldest daughter, Susan Laurenzano, and his first wife, Grace Miller, with whom he remained friends throughout their lives.
Mr. Miller was educated in England, was an avid cyclist, loved the game of tennis, and was a crew member and rowed in the Henley Regatta.
He spent his early teenaged years in the London area during World War II and would often ride his bicycle more than 20 miles to see the damage of the bombings.
Mr. Miller served in the British Armed Services, where he met Grace.
He was a butcher and eventually became a business owner in the markets of London.
Upon his retirement, he traveled extensively, visiting 36 countries.
During the 1980s, he restored a circa 1650 thatched cottage in England that had been his father's.
Mr. Miller kept home base with Ferne and Mark, while also sharing a home that he helped build with John.
Fondly referred to as Poppa by most, he was an avid gardener and loved to share his plants amongst the homes where he spent his time.
He was a voracious reader, loved a mystery, followed tennis, became a Yankee fan in his time here and enjoyed his family vacation yearly in New Jersey.
The Green Funeral Home of Danbury was in charge of arrangements