Canadian Medical Association

Drumheller, Alta.; University of London (England), 1949; general practice, GP anesthesia; Royal Marines. Died July 10, 2020, aged 95. Survived by his wife Mary, 5 children, 1 stepchild, 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. “Dad was born in Birmingham, England, but always emphasized his Scottish ancestry. He was schooled at Wycliffe in Wales, where he made life-long friends. He studied medicine, his much-loved profession, at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, England, and served as a Royal Marine in various places before eventually settling into family practice in Woodford Green, UK. In 1966 the family decided to immigrate to Canada, and settled in Drumheller, where Dad practised medicine from 1966 until his retirement in 2013.” In 2003 the Drumheller Mail reported: “Dr. Miller [had a legendary reputation] as [Drumheller’s] Santa Claus. One story he related in 2003, when the David Thompson Health Authority honoured him, concerned a house call he was making to a woman in the community. Her grandchildren came to the door, and Dr. Miller greeted them in his legendary fashion: ‘Hello, Sunshine, Hello, Bright Eyes.’ The astonished child turned around and bleated, ‘That’s what Santa called us at Christmas!’ He hung up his Santa Claus uniform about half dozen years ago.”

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