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Gerard C. Miller, National Fuel vice president; Sept. 23, 1928 -- Jan. 14, 2011

Gerard C. Miller, an Army veteran and retired National Fuel Gas vice president, died Friday in his Town of Tonawanda home after a long battle with cancer. He was 82.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Miller graduated from Technical High School and earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Buffalo.

He enlisted in the Army in 1946 and rose to the rank of sergeant.

In 1953, he joined National Fuel and retired in 1993 as senior vice president and spokesman for National Fuel Gas.

He was a member of the Greater Buffalo Chamber of Commerce, the Citizens Advisory Board of Erie Community College, and served as a trustee for both the Bry-Lin Foundation and Western New York Public Broadcasting Association.

Mr. Miller served as general chairman of Channel 17's Great TV Auction, chairman of both the Public Utilities Communicators Association and Public Relations Committee of the American Gas Association, executive firm chairman of the United Way, and a member of the board of directors for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Patricia A. Joyce; two daughters, Joyce Lichtenberger and Mary DiGennaro; two sons, Gerard Jr. and Joseph of Lockport; and a sister, Antoinette Baynes.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1085 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Prayers will be said at 9 in D. Lawrence Ginnane Funeral Home, 3215 Delaware Ave., Kenmore.