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James Miller

January 22, 1938 ~ July 10, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old


James "Jimmy" Steve Miller, affectionately known as Jimmy, passed away on July 9th, 2023, at the age of 85 in Shandaken, New York. Born in Rockville Center, New York, Jimmy was the loving son of George and Margaret Miller, and grew up in a vibrant and loving household with his five siblings. Eventually, his family settled in Phonecian, New York, where he graduated from Onteora High School.


An honorable and patriotic man, Jimmy served his country in the United States Air Force before embarking on a successful career in engineering and electronics. It was during his time stationed in England at an American Air Force Base where he found love and married his first wife, Julia O'Reilly. Together, they were blessed with two sons, Jimmy and Michael. Later, upon their return to the United States, their third son, Sean, completed their beautiful family.


Jimmy's engineering career led him to California, where he worked with Hughes Industries, building and installing computer systems. Although his first marriage ended in divorce, Jimmy's passion for his field brought him back to California, where he would pursue his dreams in computer engineering.


Deeply connected to nature and the mountains of New York, Jimmy was an avid hunter and fisherman who found solace and joy in the great outdoors. He was one of the founding members of the Notchmen Conservation Club, a group that held a special place in his heart. Throughout the years, the club became a cherished tradition, filled with rich memories that spanned across generations of members and their families.


In his later years, Jimmy found true happiness when he met his best friend and love of his life, Virginia. He spoke of her with great admiration and affection until his last day. Returning to the mountains of New York, a place that he considered his true home, Jimmy relished in the company of his beloved dogs, Red and Ocho. He enjoyed the bonds he formed with fellow hunters who visited him and stayed on his property during fishing and hunting seasons. One could often find Jimmy sitting outside the local pub, the Sportsman, engaging in lively conversations about various topics, be it politics or simply sharing a good laugh with friends and acquaintances. And, of course, he never ventured anywhere without his loyal canine companions by his side.


Throughout his last few years, Jimmy was grateful for the unwavering support and friendship he received from countless people. His older brother George, sister Margaret, and firstborn son Jimmy preceded him in death. However, he is survived by his devoted sons, Michael and Sean, as well as his sister Patty and sister Maureen. Furthermore, his legacy lives on through his grandson, AJ, granddaughter Nicole, grandson Tyson, and great-grandson Jameson. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews John, Jeff, Paul, Paul Jr., cousins, and the thriving members of the Notchmen Conservation Club.


Jimmy Miller will be remembered not only for the impact he made on the lives of those who knew him but also for the lasting impression he left on all who crossed his path. In honoring the joy and zest for life that he embodied, may his memory bring comfort, love, and upliftment to all who fondly remember him.

You may share a special memory, photo, or condolence with the family on Jimmy's Tribute Wall at  Arrangements under the direction of the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home 87 Main St. Phoenicia.






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