SI MILLER: Former parks manager and sports philanthropist passes away

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Si Miller

CORNWALL, Ontario - Cornwall has lost a man whose contribution to sports and outdoor activities is immeasurable.

Si Miller passed away Saturday. He was 84.

His name became synonymous with hockey when the former Water Street Arena in Cornwall was rechristened with his namesake.

Miller was the City of Cornwall's director of parks and recreation from 1963 until his retirement on Dec. 31, 1994 - the same year the arena was named in his honour.

Miller was inducted into Cornwall’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1975. Hockey, lacrosse and countless hours on the baseball diamond can be found on his sporting resume, not to mention a stint as the Ottawa District Hockey Association from 1969 to 1971.

"It's very sad," said David Murphy, a member of the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame committee. "Cornwall has lost a good one.

"Si meant so much to so many people in Cornwall."

The Cornwall Lions Club presents an award in Miller's name each year to Cornwall's top baseball player.

Miller is survived by his wife, Joan, and three children Jane Gillis, Mark Miller and Patti Lewis-Hoey.

Organizations: Ottawa District Hockey Association

Geographic location: Cornwall, Ontario

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  • Fred Carriere
    February 23, 2014 - 14:57

    I remember the first time I met Si. It was at the golf course. We played a round and he never forgot my name. They don't make them like that anymore. good bye Si.