Harold Wayne “Hal” Miller, 79, of Wake Forest, passed away Wednesday evening March 25, 2015 at his home. He was born in Philadelphia, PA to the late Charles Frederick Miller and Ruth Heginbotham Miller.
Hal graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. At MIT, Hal was a member of the Air Force ROTC and Captain of the Fencing Team. After graduation, he served 4 years as an officer in the Air Force, before continuing his defense work as a civilian. Hal spent much of his career with ITT Corporation, eventually serving as President of North American Telecommunications and a corporate vice president in NYC. While his 4 boys were growing up, he served as a Scout Master with the Boy Scouts and as Commodore of the Smoke Rise NJ Sailing Club, enjoying outdoor time with his sons.
Following his retirement from ITT, Hal became the owner of Miller's Ace Hardware, where he worked proudly with 2 of his sons for many years. After his second retirement, Hal devoted his time to many charitable activities, including Habitat for Humanity, Saint Saviour's Center on Tucker St. in Raleigh, Wake Technical Community College Board of Trustees, and the Wake Forest Historical Society.
A funeral service will be held at 1 o’clock Monday afternoon March 30, 2015 at Christ Episcopal Church, 120 Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601. Burial will follow in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.
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Mr. Miller is survived by his wife of 57 ½ years, Ethel Bowditch Miller; Sons, William C. Miller & wife Stacey of Beaumont, TX, Douglas W. Miller & husband Michael of Seattle, WA, Preston M. Miller & wife Elizabeth of Wake Forest, and Russell R. Miller & wife Gigi of Atlanta, GA; grandchildren, Miles Miller of Santa Monica, CA, Rakela Miller of Chapel Hill, Savannah Miller of Wake Forest and Samuel Miller of Wake Forest; siblings, Robert Miller & wife Connie of Winchester, VA, Alfred Miller & wife Joan of Chestertown, MD, Frances Peterson & husband Craig of Holland, PA and Edith Lipinski-Considine & husband Roy of Concord MA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Christ Church, 120 Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601.
Friends may visit with the family prior to the service from 11:30-1:00 PM Monday in the church Parish Hall.
A service of Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 405 South Main Street, Wake Forest, NC 27587. (919-556-5811)