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Obituary of George Miller – Albany Reverend, NY

Albany – Rev. George F. Miller, Jr., 84, formerly of Green Island, died Monday, July 27, 2020, at St. Peter’s Hospital after contracting the COVID virus. Born in Adams, MA, he was the son of the late George F. Miller, Sr. and Marion Northrup Miller. He had lived on Green Island for many years. George received a BS in Education from North Adams School of Liberal Arts, his Masters of Sacred Theology from Boston University School of Theology, and additional studies in hospital and prison ministry. He joined the Naval Reserve in 1953, where he served as a chaplain for eight years. George served many United Methodist churches over the years, including Eagle Bridge and Granville, NY, and Rupert, VT. He was pastor of the Church of the Good Shepherd on Green Island for thirty years, retiring in 2000. During his years in ministry, he was appointed Conference Director of Outdoor Education (with three locations in NY and VT), Chairman of Camping for the NYS Council of Churches, Conference Director of Local and Conference Youth Work, and Chairman of the Regional Ecumenical Committee of Denominations Executives, among others. Community was very important to George. He helped found the Green Island Senior Citizens Club and the STOP Race To End Hunger, a 5K race that raised money for local food banks. He was a past president of the Green Island Little League and served for many years as a member and then chairman of the Green Island School Board. In 1980 he founded and served as director of ABT (Abuser Battered Therapy) Counseling. need for guidance in cases of abuse by men. He has been at the forefront of men’s counseling programs and has spoken at regional seminars and on TV and radio shows. He was involved with “The Walk to Emmaus Spiritual Life Community” for 10 years and was a member of Circuit Riders. Survivors include sons Robert (Mary Theresa) Miller of Troy, Geoffrey (Cindy) Miller of Green Island and Daniel (Tammy) Miller of Troy; their mother, Carolyn Rivage Miller; grandchildren, Angela (Jesse) Heilmann and Alex Miller; Zachary (Carly), Nathaniel (fiance Laura) and Noah Miller; Owen and Courtney Miller; brother, Rev. William (Eleanor) Miller, NC; sister, Meryl Lee (Dennis) Hauck, FL; several nieces and nephews; and friend, Roger Rice. Due to NYS COVID travel restrictions and safety concerns, a memorial service will be held at a later date so that family and friends from out of state can attend. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Rev. George Miller Jr. at the Church of the Good Shepherd, PO Box 1523, Green Island, NY 12183. Visit to sign the guestbook or light a candle.

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