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Sonny Miller
(April 15, 1941 - January 13, 2015)

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Morrisville-Clarence “Sonny” Miller, Jr. If you ever met Sonny Miller you could not forget him, he just would not let you. He was the master of first impressions. The amazing thing was that within minutes a stranger became a friend and he would remember your name (and your spouses) at a later date. It didn’t matter who you were, where you worked, how much money you had, where you were from or what your name was. Everyone was equal in his mind. If you knew him, he was your friend and he did not forget you, ever. As many friends as he had, he had only one true love and that was his wife of 52 years, Carol Miller. Whether he loved her more the day he died or any other day of their marriage was debatable, his love Clarence “Sonny” Miller, Jr. was that strong for her. His first born, Ingrid Lee, died tragically at age 2. He is also survived by his son Shaun and his wife Debra and their children Luke and Jordan, daughter Heather Allaire and her two sons Josh and Isaac, daughter Danielle and husband Chris Chauvin and their children Lindsey, Natalee, and Abigail, and son Jason and his wife Elisabeth and their children, Silas and Timothy. Gigi Brown, Star Bettis and Brent Miller are his surviving siblings. His chosen occupation was “Cattle Dealer”, and boy was he proud of that. He never claimed to be anything else, nor did he want to. It was his life mission to change the definition of a Cattle Dealer. His aim was to provide a valuable service to both seller and buyer at the same time. As many farmers in this country will attest to, he was a different breed of cattle dealer. He willingly offered constructive advice and direction to many a farmer. It’s a shame that the optimism and insight he provided for the dairy farming community is gone so soon and so sudden. Every few years the dairy farmers in this region lose an icon in their community; on January 13, 2015 Sonny Miller left us. Naturally, the voids in our lives will be larger for some than others, but hopefully we can all agree that life was better when he was driving his rig into our door yards or when he called us on our phones. I used to believe that my father loved Vermont above all else, but over the last few years I realized that it wasn’t so much Vermont that he loved, but the people that lived here. This led me to the realization that it wasn’t the state or the country you were from, but it was the person that you were. Whether you were a farmer, teacher, builder, writer or whatever, he didn’t care and it didn’t matter, he was your friend. And that was all that mattered to him. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at the Peoples Academy gymnasium in Morrisville. A reception and dinner will follow the services at the Stonegrill Restaurant. Faith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made by visiting faithfh.net. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Sonny’s memory may be made to Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, VT 05661.


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