Miller, Craig

May 21, 1936 ~ October 21, 2020

MILLER, Craig Stuart – Age 84 of Brigden, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 at Bluewater Health, Sarnia. Beloved husband of Shirley May Miller (nee Wheeler). Loving father to Douglas (Andrea), Ian (Nina), Colin and Kevin (Stephanie). Cherished grandfather of Ian, Merryn, Ethan, Christina (Brian Bailey), Gage, Brooklyn and Evan. Dear brother-in-law of Sandra (Melvin) Broad, William (Sandra) Wheeler, John (Margaret) Wheeler and Shirley Grexton (Lance Sproule). Predeceased by his parents Gordon C. (1960) and Pearl Miller (1995), brother Bruce (2008) (Joyce, 2013) Miller, sister Janet (2008) (Ray, 1988) Towell, sister Gail (2016) (George, 2019) Moran.

Our dad was a great dad. Was he perfect? No. But he was fun, daring, humorous, caring, quietly loving, deeply intelligent, curious, loyal, painfully honest, stern, even scary, but always forgiving. We soon learned it was better to put the new car in the ditch than to leave the lights on. Downhill skiing for the first time, “who needs lessons?” Apparently not us! Gravity was our task master. He could fix anything, tear it apart, figure it out and invent a couple of new colourful words in the process. He would let us fall but never hit bottom. Setting up a 1970’s canvas tent at night in the rain, “don’t complain, this is good for us, hotels are soft.” Time to buy a new couch, let’s go visit every furniture store in southwestern Ontario. Bought a new “used” motorcycle, let’s set up an obstacle course of hockey sticks and paint cans to learn how to drive it and then drive it halfway through a window into the basement when the throttle stuck, classic. Suffice to say our life with dad was never dull. He was genuinely interested in the lives of his nieces and nephews and their families. He loved to tell funny stories about his friends that put them in a positive light. He constantly missed his brother and sisters as only they could truly understand and laugh at their past exploits. A literate man that enjoyed writing poetry and with his wife, his love, they could dance like swans. A life well lived, a job well done, our dad was a great dad.

Due to Provincial COVID-19 restrictions, a private family service will be held at STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, BRIGDEN. A private family graveside will take place at Riverside Cemetery, Sombra.

Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation (, St. Joseph’s Hospice (, Canadian Cancer Society (, Kidney Foundation (


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  1. We knew a man, who was humorous, a great dancer, and always had a smile….that smile that will be remembered by us and many. Rest in peace Craig. Our sincere condolences to the family, love from Tom and Francine Watson.

  2. Shirley and family:
    So sorry to hear of Craig’s passing. Sending our thoughts and sympathies.

    Jeff and Sue Agar

  3. Shirley
    So sorry to hear of Craig’s passing. He will definitely be missed by the Brigden Bunch!
    Michelle Evanitski

  4. Shirley and family Sorry to hear of your loss. We met Craig and Shirley at the dances in Brigden, where they sure enjoyed the dancing, always time to stop and chat. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Dianne McLean and Carl Gadsby

  5. OMG! I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. Deepest condolences to the Miller family. Thinking of you all.

  6. Sorry to hear of Uncle Craig’s passing.
    He was a funny guy. Usually always smiling a giving Aunt Shirley a good ribbing.
    And the kids…so sorry .

  7. Shirley and Family
    so sorry to read of Craig’s passing.
    He was always a lot of fun at the dances.
    He will be missed. By many .
    Cherish all the great memories of all the good times you had

    Edgar and Carol Currah

  8. Dear Aunt Shirley and Family:

    We are sorry to hear of Uncle Craig’s passing. May he rest in peace.

    Rob, Angela, Marissa, and Bryce Towell

  9. My deepest and sincere condolences in your loss.
    I can relate to the account of Craig (if I may address him) as I did when he was still working. You see your husband and father trained me on freight as well as passenger service with CN. Let me say I learned more from Craig than you could ever imagine. He was a very knowledgable teacher and I ‘ll admit I was’t his best student but he had a way getting his point across. I have many pleasant memories of your husband and father.

  10. so sorry for your loss. Was always a good time working with Craig on the VIA . would always have a good chat going around the WYE back in Sarnia. He was always curious as to how us younger employees at the time were doing.

  11. My condolences, always looked forward to working a trip with Craig a good man will always be remembered and never forgotten

  12. Dear Shirley and Family my deepest sympathy and prayers are with you at this painful time .I will always remember the story Craig told me
    About . him getting your oatmeal ready in the morning and he put a package of rat poisoning in your bowl to see if you would notice. He was a very nice man and you where great customers of ours at Shoppers on Mitton .Sincerely Kathy Lamore ❤ ♥

  13. Aunt Shirley, boys and their families, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Our sincere condolences.

  14. My sympathies to the Miller Family at this sad time. I have many fond memories …. teaching the Miller boys … randomly meeting up with Craig & Shirley in an airport or along the river. Good times ! Hold your memories dear!

  15. So sorry, Shirley, for your loss. I always enjoyed running into you and Craig and having a good visit.

  16. Sorry for. Your loss .we have many memories of you two ,as neighbours, dancers& friends, we pray for comfort for the Miller family…

  17. Shirley and family our thoughts and prays are with you at this difficult time. Enjoyed our conversation at the Wilkesport dance’s and jamboore’s.

  18. Dear Shirley and family; I cannot remember a time when Craig was not a valued and familiar part of our family (Cliff and Maud Miller).
    We have not seen Craig for several years, but Jed and I both knew and appreciated that he was around.
    Our sincere condolences. Jed and Laurie (Miller) Drew

  19. To the Miller family,
    I have shared many memories with Doug and Ian. My interactions with Craig and Shirley where always enjoyable, entertaining and thought provoking . The kind words written above say it well. Craig, you will be missed.

  20. I am sorry to hear of Uncle Craig’s passing. Hugs to you Aunt Shirley. I know how difficult this is for you. Uncle Craig lives on in each one of your sons and will always be in our hearts. Rest in peace Uncle. Doug, Ian, Colin and Kevin hugs to yous all. Now it s up to yous to look after Mom. Love ya’s all. My deepest apologies for my absence I am quarantined. Darn covid. Deborah Mae

  21. Shirley and Family My thoughts and prayers are with you in the passing of Craig. I always enjoyed our
    conversations with Craig at family gatherings. Treasure your memories of him now and it appears you have
    a million of them.