The most cherished husband, father, brother, neighbor and friend, Harry J. Miller passed away in Venice, Florida on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at the age of 58.
Harry is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Valerie, and their shared pride and joys - his daughter, Jessica, his son, Harrison, aka "Harry's son" and his shadow and furry grandson, Romeo.
He is waiting in Heaven above with Mom and Dad watching over his two older brothers, Scott and Kelly, his sister, Christy, younger brother, Rock and every single one of his nieces, nephews, and beloved family friends. Every person who has crossed Harry's path made an imprint on his heart; and his dependable, hardworking and goofy self will forever be in ours.
Harry was born in Tonawanda, New York on September 14, 1959. He graduated from Tonawanda High School, class of '77. He went on to earn his Captain's license, FWC Charter license and all associated nautical and boating certifications. Capt. Harry was proudly self-employed and owner of Harry J. Miller Enterprises and JessFishin' Charters.
"Hair the Bear" lived for family boat days and deep-sea fishing on his various charter boats over the years, all named after daughter, Jess. If you've never tasted his freshly grilled snook, you've never really tasted fish. He enjoyed scuba diving, camping, hunting with his brothers, playing Poker, Sunday BBQs, the NFL (Go Bills & Bucs!) and following the VHS Indians every Friday night before and after Harrison's jersey was on the field. He was an advocate of sharing memories and passing on life's most important lessons, like the value of a dollar and " Don't worry about a thing, every little thing is going to be alright". Yeah, way.
There will be a gathering of family and friends from 11:00 a.m. until Noon, with the Celebraton of Life to follow at Noon on Sunday January 7, at Lemon Bay Funeral Home, 2 Buchans Landing, Englewood, FL 34223.
A luncheon will follow for friends and family at the Englewood Moose Lodge, 55 W Dearborn St., Englewood, FL 34223.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association and the Alzheimer's Association. Condolences for the family may be offered online at lemonbayfh.com
Lemon Bay Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.
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