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William "Bill" Miller


William "Bill" Miller
With great sadness, the family of William V. Miller III of Nictau, New Brunswick, announces his passing on October 3, 2022. Bill was born August 17, 1945, in Plaster Rock, NB, to Bill and Wilma (Clarke) Miller.  

He is survived by his sister Julie McCrum, husband Martin of Aiken, SC and his brother Jim, wife Bonnie, of Holyrood, Newfoundland.  Nephews, Gregory and Jeffery McCrum and their families. He will be dearly missed by Aunts, Margaret and Carol, cousins of both the Miller and Clarke families, and numerous friends throughout the world.

Bill was a master canoe builder, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, William (Vic) Miller. Vic established this business in 1925, making Miller Canoes the oldest canoe company in Canada. These models were used to carry sports and their gear into remote hunting and fishing camps.  Bill built a new model the Chickadee that served a younger generation with lighter and more sleek lines. He delighted giving tours of the shop, sharing tall tales, strong opinions, and lure of canoes. He thoroughly enjoyed teaching the art of canoe building. His love of travel found him personally delivering his handcrafted canoes to new owners all over the continent.

Bill’s love of music established ‘Fiddles on The Tobique’ which continued for 25 years. This event welcomed thousands for a weekend of canoeing, traditional fiddle music, food, and fun. In acknowledgement for this contribution to the community, Bill was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Metal in 2012.

Bill was a US Navy veteran. His love of the outdoors brought International Appalachian Trail hikers to his door. His nature photography of the four seasons was shared to many visitors throughout the province. He was a member of the Order of Masons, The Wooden Canoe Heritage Association, Friends of Mount Carleton, and Ducks Unlimited.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the Tobique Valley Community Health Center and Edmundston Regional Hospital for their care and kindness in caring for our brother during his final illness.

Visitation will take place from the Tobique Chapel, Plaster Rock, NB on Thursday October 6, 2022, from 1-3 pm. A memorial service will follow at 3:00 pm. The burial will take place in the Riley Brook Community Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers we request donations in his memory to Friends of Mount Carleton or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brunswick Funeral Home, Perth-Andover and Plaster Rock, NB.
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Service Date
Thursday, October 6, 2022
Service Time
3 pm
Service Location
Tobique Chapel, Plaster Rock, NB

Visitation Time
1-3 pm
Visitation Location
Tobique Chapel, Plaster Rock, NB