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Obituary for Tucker R. Miller
Tucker Reed Miller, 81, of Brookline MA and Lyndeboro, NH, passed away on August 1, 2018, at his home after a brief illness.
He was born in Newton, MA, on April 20, 1937, son of the late Clifford Miller and Ethel Miller (Davidson). He leaves behind his partner of 45 years, Stephen Bickford, his four daughters, Kimberley Miller and her husband Chris, Suzanne Fontaine, Heidi DeLollis and her husband Constantino, and Meredith Miller. He also leaves behind his former wife Diane Fay Boyd and six grandchildren; Kyle Miller and his wife Allyson Condrath, Robyn Miller, Nick and Julia Fontaine and Adamo and Tucker DeLollis, survive him as well as his brothers, Richard and Kurt Miller, many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother William Miller.
After graduating from Newton North High School in 1955, Tucker attended Babson College. He was the president of his class, and received the prestigious Roger Babson Cup Award for Leadership and Academic Excellence and was awarded the Who’s Who Among Students in America’s Universities and Colleges in his graduating year of 1959.
From college Tucker took a yearlong trip around the world with his younger brother Kurt. They started their adventure in Europe then traveled to India, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tahiti ending in Hawaii. The following year the brothers took a 3-month trip across America with their friend Tony Coot and managed to visit most of the states. He would often tell us how that life experience shaped him, being able to see and experience all the different cultures and socioeconomic regions of the world and this country.
After his travels Tucker attended the Institute of Real Estate Management where he received the title of C.P.M. (Certified Property Manager) in 1961. He then went on to work at his father’s mortgage banking and property management business, Clifford V. Miller, Inc., where he took over as president in 1970 when Clifford passed away. He was the president of The New England Chapter of Real Estate Management from 1973-1974 and served on many real estate management and mortgage banking boards throughout his career. He served in the military as a Sergeant in the 105th Artillery Battalion Army Reserve from 1959-1968.
He was an avid tennis and squash player and played up until his early 70’s when his knees no longer could handle the sports. He enjoyed all types of music - especially opera, reading, cribbage, watching all the New England sports teams. He loved riding horses at The Roaring Brook Ranch in NY where he faithfully took his daughters and subsequently his grandchildren every year for a weeklong vacation starting in 1977 and ending just last year. Besides the Dude Ranch tradition, to usher in the Christmas season, Tucker would take his whole family to Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker every December and would follow it up with a party at his home in Brookline.
One of his favorite places to visit on this earth was St. John, U.S.V.I. where for decades he would rent a house for three weeks every spring with his partner, Stephen. This was his “happy place.” He loved the beautiful beaches, wildlife and greenery that was abundant due to the island being three-fourths national park and virtually “untouched.”
Tucker Miller had a gentle and kind soul with a very generous heart. He often helped those in need without any expectation of something in return. He was dedicated to his partner and his family to whom he showed constant support and love. He will be so missed by all of us.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 8th at The Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills, MA, 309 Washington Street. A reception will follow in the hall where lunch and refreshments will be served.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Tucker Reed Miller to The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) at 1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037 or go to their website at humanesociety.org.