Gardner, Massachusetts - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dr. Donald P. Miller, a beloved husband, father, and friend. He was born in Burlington, Vt. to the late Elbridge and Marion Putnam Miller.
Don graduated from Montpelier High School with the Class of 1953. His pursuit of knowledge took him to Dartmouth College, class of 1957. His lifelong dedication to healing and caring for others led him to the University of Vermont Medical School, where he received his medical degree in 1962.
In the early years, Donald worked with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, but his true calling was found in Gardner, Massachusetts. There, he opened a thriving pediatric practice that would become a cornerstone of the community. Dr. Miller’s unique approach and passion for his chosen profession endeared him to generations of families, leaving a lasting impression on the lives of countless children.
While devoting many hours to his private practice affiliated with Heywood Hospital, Donald served as Chief of Staff as well as on the Board of Directors, where his leadership and commitment to excellence in healthcare were evident to all who worked alongside him. After retiring from his medical practice, Donald continued his devotion to the Gardner community as a member of the Gardner Board of Health and the Knowlton Foundation.
Don and the love of his life, Peg shared 58 years of marriage and, together, raised their family in Gardner among dear friends in this close-knit community. He was an active member of several social organizations, including the Chair City Club, Boat Club, Monomonoc Sporting Club, and the cherished Lake Mansfield Trout Club in Stowe, Vt, a beloved family retreat. He had a zest for life, enjoying skiing, fly fishing, and tennis, and he shared his beautiful voice with the Gardner Community Choir and Theater at the Mount musical productions. His passion for travel allowed him to explore the world, creating cherished memories with Peg.
Don was a remarkable individual who possessed a gift for forging deep and meaningful friendships wherever he went. His magnetic personality drew people in effortlessly, making everyone he encountered feel instantly at ease in his presence. He had an innate ability to connect with others on a profound level, creating bonds that were not only strong but enduring. His genuine interest, sense of humor, and welcoming nature left a permanent mark on those fortunate enough to know him, and his legacy is one of heartfelt connections and lasting friendships that enriched the lives of countless individuals.
Donald is survived by his loving daughters, Nancy Tanguay (David) of New London, CT; Susan Nash (Paul) of Ashland, MA; grandchildren, Ryan Tanguay (Sarah) of Charlotte, NC, Amanda Inman (Cam) of Manchester NH, Marissa Kraus (Malcolm) of Foxboro, MA, Derek Nash, and Lexi Nash of Ashland, MA; great-grandchildren, Hazel Tanguay, Paige Tanguay, and Carter Inman; his sister-in-law, Barbara Miller of Tacoma, WA; brother-in-law, J. Lawrie Hibbard (Sally) of Feura Bush, NY; and many nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his beloved wife of 58 years, Margaret Miller; his son, James Miller; brother, John Miller; and sister, Shirley Humphreys.
Donald Miller's legacy of love, family, and community involvement will forever inspire us all. He will be profoundly missed by his family, friends, and the Gardner community.
Visitation hours are 4-7 p.m., Monday, October 2, 2023, at Mack Family Funeral Home, 105 Central Street, Gardner, MA. A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, October 3, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., in The First Congregational Church, 28 Green St., Gardner, MA. All attending are asked to go directly to the church. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Gardner.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made in Donald's honor to Heywood Healthcare, Philanthropy Office, 242 Green Street, Gardner, MA 01440, or to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or at alz.org.
Mack Family Funeral Home, 105 Central St., Gardner is directing arrangements.
Kevin J. Mack, Walter C. Taylor, and Melissa A. McQuaid, Funeral Directors.