Updated: Rep. Miller remembered as effective and kind

UPDATED June 3: State Rep. Lawrence G. Miller of Stratford, who passed away on May 31 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center at the age of 78 from cancer, was a good person who never disliked anyone, his wife of 54 years, Mildred, told The Star.
Miller was compassionate, he always smiled, and will be remembered for his kindness, she said.

The Republican representative from the Connecticut’s 122nd Assembly District, which includes Stratford, Shelton and part of Trumbull, was in the middle of his 24th consecutive year in the state house when he died.
This year Miller was serving on the House Energy and Technology, Environment, and Housing committees.

While family was the most important thing in life to Miller, according to his wife, when it came to activities or work, “Politics was his everything,” she said. “He just loved it. He loved serving the people.”

One of the most important issues to Rep. Miller was fighting to allow the use of human stem cells in medical research and treatments, his widow said. He had stem cell transplants twice during his 16-year fight with multiple myeloma cancer, which he credited with prolonging his life.

Before becoming a legislator Miller owned and operated a local home oil delivery and service company. Miller loved to ski in Vermont as younger man, said Mildred, and he played racquetball and swam at the YMCA as well.

Miller had three children: daughters Leslie of Fairfield and Andrea of Westchester, Pa., and son John of Trumbull.
For full obituary, see page 9A.

Comments from colleagues
State Sen. Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) released the following statement regarding the death of Miller. “My heart goes out to the family of State Rep. Larry Miller. Larry was a incredible person who dedicated himself to serving our community. He brought the voice of local citizens to the State Capitol for over 20 years and always fought adamantly to improve Connecticut for all people.

“Most recently Larry led the state in recognizing Connecticut as first in flight,” Kelly wrote. “His efforts resulted in the passage of a resolution this year that celebrates our state’s innovative accomplishments in aviation. This legislation is now part of Larry’s legacy – a legacy that will inspire many.”

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy directed State of Connecticut flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of Miller, and he said, “Larry Miller was a dedicated and passionate legislator who served Stratford, Shelton, and Trumbull since 1991 in the Connecticut General Assembly with great honor and distinction. Whether it was leading the charge to recognize Gustave Whitehead as the first in flight in our nation or advocating to enhance our state’s environmental and energy policies, Larry Miller worked in a bipartisan manner to support the interests of his constituents and the citizens of Connecticut,” said Malloy.

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, (D-Conn.) said in a statement, “Larry Miller’s passion for and dedication to public service has been an inspiration to me since I started my career in public service nearly 20 years ago. I will never forget his leadership on Connecticut’s landmark stem cell research bill, an initiative I was honored to take on with him. Working with Rep. Miller on that bill was an eye-opening experience that demonstrated to me just how well government can, and should, work when we’re able to come together despite our differences. Larry was a class act and a true friend. He will be missed.”

Likable legislator
One of Miller’s fellow representatives from Stratford, Laura Hoydick, (R-120), described him as “an exceptional community servant and an intelligent and thoughtful legislator. He was also a great guy.”

“People loved being around Larry Miller,” Hoydick said.

“My respect and admiration for Larry Miller stems from how he represented his district and constituents, how he loved and adored his family, and how he managed his valiant fight against cancer,” said Hoydick. “I hope to be half the legislator he was, and I will miss him.”

State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-Wilton), said, “Everyone loved Larry, no matter the politics or the point of view. He was the most friendly, kind and compassionate person one could ever meet. I know I speak for so many when I say we will miss Larry dearly and we are heartbroken at this loss to our state.”

Mark Lauretti, mayor of Shelton, began serving as mayor in the same year that Miller started his service in the legislature — in 1991. Lauretti said of Miller, “He’s as fine a person as you could ask to be your representative. He wasn’t afraid to stand up for things, and that’s just what he did,” Lauretti said.

ORIGINAL:
State Rep. Lawrence G. Miller of Stratford, who passed away on May 31 at the age of 78 from cancer, was a good person who never disliked anyone, his wife Mildred told The Star.

Miller was compasionate, he always smiled, and will be remembered for his kindness, said Mildred.

The Republican representative from the Connecticut’s 122 Assembly District, which includes Stratford, Shelton and part of Trumbull, was in the middle of his 24th consecutive year in the state house when he died.

While family was the most important thing in life to Miller, according to his wife, when it came to activities or work, “Politics was his everything,” she said. “He just loved it. He loved serving the people.”

One of the most important issues to Rep. Miller was fighting for the allowance of the use of human stem cell in medical research, his widow said. He had stem cell transplants twice during his 16 year fight with multiple myeloma cancer.

A funeral service will be private, said Mildred. The date had not been determined as of the afternoon of June 2.

Check back to this website for an expanded story of Rep. Larry Miller.

Connecticut State Rep. Lawrence G. Miller (R-122).

Connecticut State Rep. Lawrence G. Miller (R-122).

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