Richard George Miller (Passed away 18 Apr 2020)

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Chelmsford Crematorium North Chapel Writtle Road Chelmsford CM1 3BL
19th May 2020
Funeral Director
Co-operative Funeral Services Ingatestone

In loving memory of Richard George Miller who sadly passed away on 18th April 2020

Richard George Miller, generally known as Dick but also as Richie within the family, was born on 10 December 1933, the only child of Alfred William George Miller and Mildred Audrey Miller (nee Hill). His father was from Brentwood and worked in the catering industry, latterly as head of the kitchens at Warley Hospital, whereas his mother worked in retail shops in the town: she was from a large family in Ingatestone, some of whom still live locally.
Leaving school in Brentwood, Dick’s first job was as a mechanic at the Hensmans garage in Brook Street, which was a Ford dealer. He retained a close interest in cars throughout his life, always doing his own minor maintenance and he was proud of the “Ford Mechanic works here” sign he erected in his garage. His passion for cars was reflected in his close interest in the Formula One championship, avidly watching every race.
At the age of 16, he obtained a junior position with the Chase Manhattan Bank in the City. In a career spanning over 40 years, Dick rose to the rank of Vice President and undertook a number of roles including head of the branch in Copenhagen in 1976 and two years at head office in New York from 1979 to 1981, leading an operational redesign project. Dick was always proud of the people who worked for him and was tireless in his support of women in the workplace: in setting up the NY Treasury Operations team, he appointed women to the manager roles, citing that he felt women made far better managers than men. One of his final roles was the sad task of supporting staff and families of staff who lost loved ones in the Clapham Rail disaster and Lockerbie bombing. Dick lost his very close friend, Ray Falcini, at Clapham, which made this role so personally tragic and also allowed him to demonstrate the deep commitment that he had to the support of others.
The long career in an American bank and living in the States for two years no doubt fuelled his interest in the USA and he spent a number of happy holidays in North America before and after retirement.
During his time with the bank, Dick undertook his National Service with the Royal Air Force, working as an armourer on the early jet fighters at bases in Suffolk. He was deployed to assist with the terrible east coast floods in 1953 and often told the story of how he and his friends were drunk for a week (he alleged) after getting hold of rather too much Navy-strength rum! He was very proud of his RAF service and, after retirement, often collected for the Royal British Legion in Ingatestone High Street.
In 1956 Dick met Dawn Maynard, who worked for an insurance company in the City, through a mutual friend – the first meeting was at a swimming pool in The Angel and they realised that they were both from Brentwood. They married in August 1958, living initially at Pilgrims Hatch before moving to Hook End, Blackmore. Their son, Ian, was born in 1965 and their daughter, Ann, the following year. Dick was intensely proud of his children and all that they achieved. He was a generous and loving father and father-in-law, and was delighted when a granddaughter, Jasmine, was born to Ann in 2000.
The family moved to The Furlongs in Ingatestone in 1969 and to Willow Green in 1981. They still have a picture of Dick as a young boy in a yellow suit running through fields where Willow Green was later built.
Dick had taken up golfing when in the States and for twenty years or more was an enthusiastic member at Bentley Golf Club. Rocky, the family’s beloved West Highland White terrier, was subjected to many visits to playing fields for golf shot practice. When injury forced Dick to give up golf, he took up crown green bowls and bowled for several seasons with the Ingatestone Bowling Club. He was also a faithful member of the Probus Club of Ingatestone and a regular attender with Dawn at meetings of the Ingatestone and Fryerning Historical and Archaeological Society
Dick and Dawn celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary in 2018 and were delighted to receive a card from Her Majesty The Queen and a personal visit from the then Mayor of Brentwood Borough Council. Unfortunately, Dick’s health had begun to decline significantly in 2014 and he had been able to stay at home only as a result of the tender and loving care from Dawn for over four years. In November 2018, Dick moved to Ardtully Retirement Residence where Dawn visited him virtually every day and until recently she was still able to take him out for short trips to the cafes of the district. He enjoyed making new friends at Ardtully with the other residents and staff, some of whom he regarded as family, and he was deeply grateful for the care and enrichment provided.
Dick died at the age of 86 on 18 April 2020 at Bardfield Ward, Broomfield Hospital as a result of coronavirus and associated complications. In line with his wishes, donations in his memory may be made to the Royal Air Forces Association.

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David (Wig) Maynard wrote

I had known Dick for 60 years; we would talk about Formula One Grand Prix and Essex Cricket, and any topics of the day. I remember the many family gatherings and evenings playing cards. Dick was always enjoyable company.
We had various holidays, together with my sister Dawn, his wife, such as at Brockencote Hall, Cornwall and the wonderful trip to Canada.
I will miss him, now at peace. Wig.

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Clare Connolly wrote

We will always remember Dick's warm smile and sparkly eyes. Sean and I met him on a number of occassions at garden parties at Mo and Dave's house. He would always be interested to speak with us and chat whilst enjoying a beverage. He was a pleasure to talk to. Sending blessings and love to Dawn, Ann, Dave Jasmine and all the family. Clare & Sean

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Sally Rodgers wrote

Richie was the first of eight grandchildren in the Percy and Nellie Hill family, and the only one of us who knew our Grandad Hill. Our childhood experiences were very different: he was old enough when WWII started that he remembered it; when I was born it was history. I first remember him when I was a toddler and he’d already started work, so he was always a grown-up to me.
One of my first memories of him was one summer afternoon when he and his mum visited us in Ingatestone and we got locked out of the house; he gallantly climbed onto the shed roof and went in through a bedroom window. He was certainly a hero that afternoon. Years later, at Ian’s christening I was startled to see that one of Dawn’s family members was Mrs. Ringe, one of my former school teachers.
I live in USA so we lived thousands of miles apart and caught up with each other whenever I was in Ingatestone, except for a brief period when we both worked in New York City at the same time. I always saw Richie and Dawn when I was in Ingatestone, visiting them at home and sometimes going for coffee or lunch together; wherever we went, it seemed like a special surprise for the staff when he arrived. When I visited him more recently at Ardtully, the staff there always kindly invited the dog in too.
I’ll miss him, we’ll all miss him. I’ll always remember that he treasured his family and was so proud of Ian and Ann and then delightedly welcomed Andrea and Dave and granddaughter Jasmine. I’ll remember too how much he enjoyed a silly joke, movies, history, dogs, and a bacon sandwich.
It’s always too soon to lose your loved one, and Richie will live on in fond memories of love and kindness.
With heartfelt condolences to all the family, from Richie’s cousin Sally xxx.

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Robert Fletcher wrote

I never knew Dick personally or via Probus as I am a new member but recall his interest in local matters when I was on the Parish Council up to 1996 and had conversations with him. I didn't know about his background but can see where his interest in matters came from.

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Anne Bray wrote

Dick, all the gorgeous photos and comments on this site are a testimony to the wonderful man you were, and to how much you treasured your family. What a fascinating life you led, full of amazing experiences! When my mum and I visited you at Ardtully in December 2018 you shared with us your work in Hamburg after the war! Mum and I were talking about the book They Aftermath’, set in Hamburg after the war and you were able to contribute your own real life experiences to the conversation. You had such a broad general knowledge and a genuine interest in what was happening in the world! You also had a genuine interest in people! You were always so pleased to see me and my family! Nev recalls that you were always disposed for a lengthy chat, infused with your great sense of humour! I have happy memories of sharing special family occasions and Christmases with you and Dawn and our extended family. Your warmth and good heart meant you had a natural affinity with children and when our girls were little they so enjoyed spending time with you. As others have commented Dick, we’ll always remember that infectious smile of yours! Our hearts go out to Dawn, Mo, Jaz and Dave, Ian and Andrea for their sad loss, but they will be comforted by wonderful memories. You were much loved in your lifetime Dick and of course this will endure. God bless and Rest In Peace and Love!

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May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you,
In the palm of his hand.

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Sheila Turner wrote

I have known Dick and Dawn since their daughter Ann and our son David were married. We all benefitted over the years from this happy merging of families, sharing such memories as the lovely wedding of our children in Ingatestone and the happy event of the birth of our precious shared granddaughter Jasmine, and many other lovely family celebrations.

Dick will be remembered by us all as a well loved member of our family and a caring and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was also a good friend to my husband Ron and me and we very much enjoyed his company. He was a kind, gentle, clever man with a great sense of humour. We will all miss him so much.

God bless you Dick and thanks for the memories. May you rest in peace 🌹🌹🌹

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Rosalind Turner wrote

We have very fond memories of Dick at family gatherings over the years and particularly remember his cheeky smile and sense of humour . We will miss him xxxx

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Dick was a very proud grandfather to Jasmine , here he is with a birthday gift of a twisted willow tree .

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Eightieth birthday lunch . A special occasions with friends and family

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Dick and dawn with the lady mayor receiving a 60th wedding anniversary card from the queen two years ago. A happy day.

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1982 Browns Hotel dinner

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Dad, so many laughs and good long chats, I will always have with me. No one loved a show or a film more than you. I’ll miss you digging your elbow in my ribs, breathless with laughter and your face lit up with simple joy of the Panto. I love you so.

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That smile melts my heart

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Danielle Jopson wrote

Richard was a resident at Ardtully we’re I work but he was more like family
I will never forget his smile infectious laugh dancing to his favourite music and sitting with him watching Disney films
I only new Richard from the time that he came to stay at Ardtully however we will all miss him deeply
We were his girls and he was our funny smiling gentleman that will live on in our memories and our hearts

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