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A memorial service for Charles Alan Miller, a retired Grover Cleveland High School teacher, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St. Burial Tuesday was in Forest Lawn.

Miller, 59, of Buffalo, died Saturday (Sept. 15, 2001) in Millard Fillmore Hospital after suffering a heart attack. He had recuperated from a massive stroke in 1992.

Born in Fort Erie, Ont., Miller moved to the United States in 1954. He graduated in 1960 from Bennett High School and completed his undergraduate and graduate work at Buffalo State College.

After joining the Navy in 1960, Miller served on the USS Saufley, tracking Russian submarines by sonar during the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. Because he wasn't yet a U.S. citizen, the Navy flew him to Miami for a quick swearing-in ceremony, then flew him back to his ship with the security clearance necessary for his assignment.

Miller was named Teacher of the Year in 1991 at Grover Cleveland. Earlier, he taught in West Valley. He retired in 1993.

He was on the executive committee of the Buffalo Teachers Federation, the policy board of the Buffalo Teachers Center and the state action committee of the National Education Association.

"Charlie's hobby was the Buffalo Teachers Federation," said his wife. "He loved the politics of it, and he loved American history. Students from other classes would come to his review classes to help them pass the history Regents exam."

Miller visited historic sites up and down the East Coast and collected nautical prints and memorabilia as well as antique clocks.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, the former Merriejann DeHos; two daughters, Jennifer A. of Atlanta and Heather A. of Buffalo; his mother, Ellen of Ridgeway, Ont.; four sisters, Mary Ann Kilroy of San Diego, Rose Valvo and Faye Miller, both of Woodbridge, Va., and Karen DelGaudio of Orchard Park; and a brother, David of Geneseo.


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