On October 8, 2018, after 88 years of joyful life, Ronald Frank Miller passed away peacefully at the South Country Village in Medicine Hat. Ron was born in Medicine Hat, on February 1, 1930, the youngest of 4 children to Frank and Alberta Miller. He was predeceased by his parents; sisters, Beth and Clara; brother, Ken and his beloved daughter, Debbie. He is survived by his devoted wife, Esther; eldest daughter Janice; 4 grandchildren, Laura (David) Boswell, Darren Keeping, Jason and Ryan Walchuck; 8 great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. Ron was raised in Medicine Hat and had an active youth playing sports. His interest and natural talents led him to the theatre stage as an actor, director and playwright which started a family tradition in the arts. He married the love of his life, Esther Mayer on a windy evening in the fall of '53 and shared 65 beautiful years with her raising their family. Among other things, Ron worked as an insurance adjuster for the Co-operators and retired in his late 60's. He was actively involved in the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes and enjoyed curling and golf. Ron had a profound influence on the lives of his family and community and believed in the power of music to bring people together. He was always singing and making people smile and laugh. He sang with the Barbershop Chorus, various quartets and loved musical theatre. Ron will be missed dearly by all those whose lives he touched. The family would like to thank the Sunnyside staff and volunteers for their care in his last couple of years. A celebration of Ron's life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 - 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Friday, October 19, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.
So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. He was such an inspiration for theatre. Take care Esther, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love Judy xx
We were saddened to learn of Ron’s passing. Many great musical memories and all the fun. Thoughts are with the family. Julie and Murray Rogers
To Esther, Janice and family..so sorry to hear about Ron. Also grateful for the interaction between our families! It was an honour to have had Ron touch all our lives, particularly Erin, who became forever in love with theatre because of him! He had a kindness, integrity, and wisdom he brought to everyone he came in contact with! I wish all of you some sort of peace knowing how much he will be missed.
Rest well Ron!
Condolences to the family. I have such fond memories of Ron in Medicine Hat Musical Theatre, especially in "Oliver". He made Fagin such a wonderful character. Rest in peace Ron.
Glenda Huckle Duguid
Dear Esther and family,
I want to express to you and the family my sympathy on Ron's passing. He had so many talents one of which was his great smile that just made people feel better. My thoughts and prayers are for you.
I am sorry to hear of Ron's passing Esther. One more of the Atom Bums. Lefty
Sending along sincere condolences in the passing of Ron Miller.....Ron was a great friend of my dad, Orman Bond his wife June Bond.....He sang in the Barbershop singers with my dad and I still remember him singing in Zellers at Christmas Time....he had his Top Hat on and was singing songs of Christmas's past....he always gathered a crowd to listen to the great tunes.....Esther and family you are in my heart today as we remember Ron in so many wonderful ways......keep a song in your heart too......
Esther, Janice and family - It was sad to hear of Ron's passing. I have many fond memories, in theatre and business, and I know you will miss him very much. He lived a good life and his genuine good nature, sense of humour, intelligence, and affability were a gift experienced by many people. May that bring you some comfort as you adjust to this loss.
I was saddened to learn of Ron's passing. I knew him throughout my teen years. I saw first-hand his excitement for the theater as a cast member from the "Anne Get Your Gun" musical. He strived for perfection when possible, always ready to "just give me 5 more minutes"!
I shall remember his smiles as he sang in the Barbershop quartet! His personality and joy of living, brought life to those performing on that stage.
I know he will be missed. And, I'm certain his willingness to share encouraging words for everyone who came into his life, will not be forgotten!
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
(Adel Armstrong's Teen-Tones)