John Leslie Miller

Born: Tue., Nov. 17, 1953
Died: Mon., Sep. 14, 2020

Family to do services at later date

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HARRISVILLE, NY ~ John L. “Johnny” Miller, 66, of Marshey Rd., Harrisville, died peacefully on Monday, September 14, 2020, at his home where he was under the care of his wife and Lewis County Hospice.

Born November 17, 1953 in Aylmer, Ontario, Canada, he received his early education in Aylmer, Ontario, later received his GED in New York State and was graduated from Jefferson Community College in Watertown in 2003 with an Associate Degree in Arts. He later studied online at Berkeley and Skidmore colleges.

He married Laura M. Collette on November 18, 1989 in Stratford, Ontario.

Before moving to New York, John was a welder in Canada. After his marriage and moving to New York, he became a self-employed sign painter and was a talented contractor on many large signs in the North country. Throughout the remainder of his life he returned to welding, working for Cardinal Construction out of Brownville, was a chef for Traitor’s Café in Natural Bridge and the Fargo Inn in Carthage, before becoming a Teacher’s Assistant and substitute teacher for many years in the Harrisville Central School system.

John excelled at many things, especially music, and enjoyed playing fiddle, guitar, mandolin, accordion and drums with the Fraser family.

Surviving are his loving wife, Laura; his three children, Melanie Alward, Paul Schueneman, and Chad Miller, all of Ontario, and his sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Jurgen Greigoshewski, of Digby, Nova Scotia.

He was predeceased by his brother, William Miller.

A celebration of John’s life will be held on a later date by his family.

There will be no calling hours or services at this time.

Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Lewis County Hospice.

Arrangements are with Scanlon Funeral Home, Harrisville.

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Attonda Garrow
   Posted Wed September 16, 2020
Deepest Sympathies Laura I am at a loss for words no one to say “Dam Canadian’s! Lol! I am here any time for you! Love god daughter

Lynda and Elton wood
   Posted Wed September 16, 2020
Laura and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. John will be missed.

Carolyn Hooley
   Posted Wed September 16, 2020
Laura, I am so very sorry for your loss, you have my deepestsympathy. You have both been in my thoughts and prayers for many months and you continue to be. God be with. Carolyn

Sandra J. Lyndaker
   Posted Wed September 16, 2020
Oh Laura we are so sorry and so sad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you...I am so sad that I haven't seen you guys since March when this whole pandemic started:(:( Please let us know when there will be a celebration of life for John...I will certainly miss him and all the fun Sundays at Trackside - so many laughs!! Hugs to you and RIP John. Let us know if you need anything. May God comfort you in the days ahead, Laura. Love and miss you. Sandra & Jim

David and Amanda Jackson
   Posted Thu September 17, 2020
John was wonderful person and we are so blessed to have been his neighbor for the last ten years. We have so many fond memories of him. My favorite include my two children - John was so kind to them! Every day when he came home, he’d throw his quarters into the driveway, so later when our children went to visit him they’d find a surprise. When our youngest son was obsessed with wolves one summer, including doing a lot of howling as he played outside, John spent the summer howling back and forth across our yards to “talk” to him. We will always have a special place in our hearts for John. Rest In Peace my friend.

Loretta Hall
   Posted Thu September 17, 2020
Dear Sweet Laura, I am sooo terribly saddened to hear of your beloved loss-You are on my heart and I surely will be keeping you in prayer "LORD- Hold her close and give her your comfort and peace" -take one Day at A time honey}one hour-even]-sending love sweetie-wish I could Hug you-Loretta

Cheryl Van Raes
   Posted Thu September 17, 2020
Our deepest sympathy for your loss. My husband and I were good friends with John for many years in his hometown of Aylmer. He was best man at our wedding.
We have many fond memories of John and are very grateful for reconnecting with him via Facebook a couple of years ago.

The Chaput Family
   Posted Thu September 17, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss Laura! Johnny has been a great friend to us and my parents. We are going to miss his sense of humor and his kindness to us. We loved Johnny and we love you. Can't wait to celebrate his life when you are ready and it is safe to gather! Lots of love!

Doug Schweyer
   Posted Thu September 17, 2020
Miss you buddy .

Wendy kilbourn
   Posted Fri September 18, 2020
Sending my heartfelt condolences and love to you all.

   Posted Fri September 18, 2020
We're so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless, Don & Julie

Mark & Kelly Ritz
   Posted Sat September 19, 2020
Laura you are in our thoughts & prayers, we're so sorry for your loss. We're here if you need anything.

Helen Valentine
   Posted Tue September 22, 2020
Laura, I’m sorry you have lost your beloved husband. My thoughts are with your in your time of grief and sorrow. May I help you in any way?

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