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Joseph T. Miller, 67, a retired Buffalo firefighter, died Thursday (Oct. 16, 1997) in Sisters Hospital after a brief illness.

An Eggertsville resident, Miller retired from the Buffalo Fire Department in 1975. He had been assigned to Engine 37 at Rhode Island and Chenango streets.

Earlier this year, he received the Fire Department's Don Auer Humanitarian of the Year Award for more than 10 years as a volunteer at Children's Hospital playing Santa Claus each Christmas.

Since his retirement he had worked as a salesman and sales manager for City Fence Co.

A Korean War veteran, Miller served with the Marines in Korean from 1949 through 1954.

Born in Buffalo, Miller was a 1947 graduate of Kensington High School. He was a member of the Buffalo Fire Department Retirees, the National Order of Eagles of Fort Erie, Ont., the Squirrels Club and Fire Fighters Local 282.

An avid sportsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf.

Miller is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Shirley I. Dwinell; three sons, Michael of Grand Island, William of Las Vegas, Nev., and John; a brother, Richard T. of Kenmore; and two grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Amigone Funeral Home Tonawanda Chapel, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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