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Richard E. Miller, 88, Of Westport, Former Owner Of Welch’s Hardware

ISLAND GREEN, S.C. - Richard E. Miller of Island Green died July 16. He was 88.

Miller was born to Franklyn M. and Irene S. Miller. A graduate of Bridgeport Harding High School, he served in the 8th Army Air Corps during World War II and served as commander of Post 9460 VFW. He worked for many years in insurance, wholesale and retail hardware, he was the owner of Welch’s Hardware in Westport and Harrison’s Hardware in Milford and Hamden. He served in the Milford Chamber of Commerce, Milford Progress, Inc., Milford Kiwanis and Hamden Rotary.

Miller is survived by his wife, Bernadette Thompson Miller; sons, Bruce (Beth) Miller, Richard (Bonnie) Miller and Stephen (Debbie) Mullen; daughter, Colleen (Mark) Shuyler; sister, Edna Kojalowicz; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; many cousins; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his former wife, Dorothy; and son, Kevin.

Services will be held Friday, July 19, at Sisk Brothers Funeral Home in Hamden.

Memorials may be made to Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440 or St. Jude's Research Children Hospital .

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