In Memory: Nov. 17

William Ernest Miller, 58, Vero Beach

William Ernest Miller of Vero Beach, passed peacefully on Nov. 11, 2020, at the early age of 58.

He is preceded in death by his mother Laverne and Father John E. Miller.

William was survived by his beloved wife Norma of 29 years and their children; His son Austin, his daughter-in-law Brittany and granddaughter Ava, his daughter Jessica, her fiancé Dorian, and his son Kenny. William is also survived by his sister Pamela and her children Gabrielle and Alex; his sister Candice, his brother-in-law Kirk and their  children Krystal, Karina, Michael, and Chris. He is also survived by his loving  cousins and family.

He was born in Detroit, Mich., and his family ventured to  Miami for a new life.

He played Junior Varsity Football in his elementary years and in Junior High School he was the first recipient of the Scotty award. He was inducted into the DMLA to which his father and grandfather were a part of.

He graduated Southridge high school in 1980, excelling in the Vocal Department, The  Spartan Singers. His passion for music poured into his personal life. Even so he formed a band with long time brother and Bassist Steve Elliott.

He took College classes at FIU and became certified and trained as a manager for the Flyer and  Harte-Hanks, to which he over saw an exceedingly high volume and successful printing business.

Bill met Norma in the 5th grade and years later having lived around the corner from one another they began dating and soon married. Together they had triplets in 1993, they were his pride and joy. Bill was passionate about working in the printshop and doing graphic artistry. Due to the family’s needs he became an at home caregiver and a handyman, in which he was sought after and provided excellent service with a side of engaging conversation. He played the best Santa  at CEA for many years. Sometimes arriving by helicopter, fire truck or beautiful antique cars. He was recognized for his servitude as PTO president and advocation for Kenny and Neva King Cooper.

His journey led him and his family to Vero Beach, Florida to which he enjoyed many years of the family life that he always wanted. He volunteered when possible for his children’s activities. This ranged from Kenny’s Fundraisers at the Wabasso School to his children’s Choral and Rugby events. His will to see his family flourish was always proof of his love, for them, his friends, and even life itself.

He also became a para for St. Lucie Public Schools and enjoyed that experience.  He will always be remembered for his smile, laughter, and loud projecting voice; he needed no microphone. The remainder of his life he enjoyed listening to music, watching you-tube videos, playing his guitars, harmonica and singing. He loved taking drives, the ocean, and the Indian River. Bill took immense pride in listening to his children sing and sharing their videos with others. He loved the banter back and forth with his big boy Kenny from room to room. Although you are gone, your voice will still echo in our hearts. Fly high my love, soar daddy, watch over us Paw Paw.

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