Henry “Hank” J. Miller

Henry “Hank” J. Miller, 76 died March 26, 2012¬†at his home in New Haven due to complications from epilepsy. He was born in New Haven, February 7th, 1936, son of the late Evelyn and Samuel Miller. He is survived by his two children Diana and David Miller. He was predeceased by his brother Mitch Miller. He worked as a teacher for the East Haven public school system in the 1960s. Later he was hired by the state of Connecticut as a public information officer in the health department for 27 years. He also loved classic cars and went to numerous classic car shows. He was actively involved in the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut for many years. He was a loving and supportive father and will be dearly missed by his children and friends.

Funeral service at the Beaverdale Memorial Park, Fitch St., New Haven, Thursday morning at 11. Memorial contributions may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut in his name.

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  1. Carol Hoffman Chiappone said,

    03.28.12 at 9:42 am

    Diane and David I have many nice memories of your father over the years. He was someone that was always around when you needed him.
    I will alway appreciate everything he did to help my mother. He was a great neighbor. He will be missed.

  2. Ina Silverman said,

    03.28.12 at 11:38 am

    Mr. Miller was an involved constituent when I was alderman. He was civically inclined and especially concerned about making neighborhood streets safer. The neighborhood owes him gratitude for his determination and fortitude in fighting City Hall. I greatly enjoyed our meandering conversations on his porch. My deepest condolences to his family.

  3. Elizabeth Palm (Betty) said,

    03.28.12 at 5:11 pm

    I was so saddened to hear of your father’s passing . . . I’d known him first as Mr. Miller when I worked for him in 1975, while he was the counselor on the MEDIHC Program at the Health Dept in Hartford. (Military Experience Directed into Health Careers.) Although he said, “Call me Hank,” I could not (since to me, a veteran myself, it would have shown disrespect) but eventually I was able to call him Henry years later.
    One (of many) satisfied veterans wrote to Governor Ella Grasso expressing appreciation of Henry’s efforts; and listed what Henry had secured for him: Henry gave the qualifications listed and assured the prospective employer that this man ‘fit the bill.’ He got the job as a medical equipment repairman at a local Health Center, and with a few more college courses, and testing for other credits — he got his BA.
    Before he came into our program, he had run out of unemployment compensation, with no job offers in sight. During the Swine Flu Program in CT, Henry developed the CETA Program for a grant handled through our office.
    We had 12 medically trained veteran slots that were awarded to staff our state’s regional offices. These were mainly Vietnam vets. And most of those veterans got better more permanent jobs, through Henry’s efforts when the Flu Program was ended. We only were supposed to help vets, but when circumstances dictated, we did help others, just couldn’t take credit for them in our monthly reports. (Why not help a man with a big family? he asked.)
    So many times lately, when hearing of the job situation and all the unemployment concerns, I thought of Henry and his abilities, and wish he could have continued his work — or at least was a consultant for the sake of CT residents.
    But, after a time, yes, we do get older and it is time for a needed rest, though Henry didn’t seem to believe in really resting for any period of time. How could he, when he always found someone to help in some way.
    Yes, he was a man with a heart of gold. And, as I told him many times, though he was very frugal in his ways–counting every cent (but he was just like my own family, since they lived through the Depression and the aftermath, too.) But, he never put a limit on the times/and hours spent helping anyone in need. And never made excuses to be absent when someone did need him.
    For ten years, up till 2008, he was one of the inspectors for the lab near Hartford, the one I worked in that did research involving small animals; and this was a volunteer effort, but he always showed up at inspection time.
    He was a man to live his beliefs, and not just pay lip service to them– since somehow he was always, without fail, able to follow the Golden Rule.
    And now, Henry I will miss you, dear friend; and wish you could have stayed with us longer. As a retiree should have expected . . . you could have enjoyed some of the finer things in life. (Perhaps a new electric car as a toy?) . . . but your legacy will be the knowing that your children will surely follow your good examples — as you clearly could see all along . . . so that in itself was far better, and remained your just reward.

  4. Claire Hennig said,

    03.29.12 at 9:44 am

    Dear Diana and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I know you were very close with your dad. You and your family are in my thoughts and my prayers. I wish you all peace and good memories as time passes. When you return to NJ, let’s get together and I’d love to hear all about the wonderful man your dad was.


  5. Chantal Joosse said,

    03.29.12 at 10:10 am

    Dear Diana and family,

    My deepest condolences to you and your family.

    I wish you all the strength and peace for the time coming. You are in my thougths.


  6. Austin said,

    03.29.12 at 10:28 am

    Dear Diana and Family,

    I would like to express my sincere condolences on your loss. I send my thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this difficult time.


  7. Jennifer Cutrali said,

    03.29.12 at 1:01 pm


    I would like to express my deepest and most utter feelings of support as I know these times may seem difficult, I wish for you to stay strong. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    With sympathy,


  8. Juliette Peyraud said,

    03.29.12 at 1:21 pm


    I send you my most sincere condolences for your lost. It is a hard time for you right now.
    My deepest thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


  9. Donna Marshall said,

    03.29.12 at 1:58 pm


    I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your father. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.


  10. Marianne DeSeno said,

    03.29.12 at 3:37 pm

    Dear Diana,

    I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I recall many conversations with you about your Dad and I know he was a remarkable man. At this time of sorrow, may you and your Family find comfort in your memories.

    ~ Marianne

    “I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death.
    They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make.
    Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.”
    -Leo Buscaglia

  11. Mike Harasek said,

    03.29.12 at 4:37 pm


    Please accept my deepest condolences at your recent loss.

  12. Jerry Braffman said,

    03.29.12 at 7:56 pm

    I grew up in the early ’40s a block away from Henry. We were classmates at Edgewood School, Sheridan Jr HS, and finally Hillhouse HS where we were fraternity brothers. I will always remember his perpetually happy outlook, his love of tinkering and fixing things (he fixed many flats on my bike when I was about 6-7 y/o). We went everywhere on our bikes together as young kids. I always parked on his lawn or driveway for football games at the Bowl, which gave us both time to catch up. His ex-wife may have worked as a secretary for a while in our law firm. I was happy to know that he had chosen well. I am really saddened by his passing, and will miss those Saturdays parking and schmoozing with him. I share your loss and wish you comfort in your memories of Hank.

  13. Ben said,

    04.02.12 at 11:22 am

    Diana –

    I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Please accept my deepest condolences and hope for strength in this difficult time.