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Peter B. Miller, 75, of Rockport, passed away on April 7, 2017, from complications related to diabetes.
Peter was born in Winchester, on November 1, 1941 and was the oldest child of Mary J. (Berkshire) and Kenneth B. Miller. He was raised in Arlington and graduated from Arlington High School in 1959.
Peter joined the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve while in his final year in high school. He served from 1959 to 1965 - from 1959 to 1961 in the Reserves and from 1961 to 1965 on active duty. He served on the USCG Cutter General Greene out of Gloucester, and then at a Lifeboat Station in Nantucket. He was the Commissary Man (cook); while on the General Greene - he became notorious for serving cherry pancakes and marshmallow meatballs for breakfast. From 1965-1985 Peter worked as a ship’s agent in Gloucester, New Bedford, and Winterport, Maine. He worked primarily with refrigerated cargo ships from the Danish freight company Copenhagen Reefers, such as the Snowman and the Iceport. While working for Gloucester Stevedoring, Peter would meet the Snowman every six weeks when it came into port and became great friends with many of the crew, who were from the Faroe Islands. The friendships developed during this time lead to many visits to Europe, including the Faroe Islands and a 1989 trip to Germany in the final days of the Berlin Wall with the dearest of these friends, Lis Eklund, who had become like a daughter and sister while living with the family in 1981. In the late 80s through 2007, Peter enjoyed a second career in cabinetry and finished carpentry, working at Kochman-Reidt and Haigh Cabinetmakers in Stoughton and Russell Architectural Finishing in Gloucester. After retiring, he started his own business, KimonoHeaven, through which he bought and sold Japanese textiles and clothing around the world. He worked with a few local businesses, but most of his nearly 3,000 sales were online, through Etsy. Pierre, as he was known to his Etsy followers, developed many wonderful friendships through his business. He passed the business on to one of his first customers (and a good friend) Dana, in the fall of 2016. Peter was an avid gardener and reader and was adept with many types of tools and machinery. He could assist in almost any project around the house, from re-upholstering chairs to making valances. He was creative in many ways and had incredible taste. He was a bit of a perfectionist – and everything seemed to come easily to him.
Peter is survived by his daughter, Beth Miller and grandchildren Jacob and Paul, his great-granddaughter Maria, his son Jason, daughter-in-law, Lorraine, and his grandchildren Annalise and Theo, his sister, Pamela and her children Kenneth, John, Mark, and Diana; his brother Paul, sister-in-law Louise, and their children, Erin, Paul, Jim, and Jon, as well as many great-nieces and nephews, cousins, and aunts. He was predeceased by his parents, his former wife, Ann Thurlow (Marshall), his oldest daughter, Susan Jeanette Miller, and his nephew, Robert Seaver. Peter made many wonderful friendships throughout his life. He was kind and thoughtful and especially enjoyed helping people. He was a wonderful son, brother, father, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend. He will be profoundly missed.
A celebration of Peter’s life will be held at the Rockport Community Center on May 28th in Rockport. Friends and relatives are respectfully invited to attend. For updates and online condolences, please visit greelyfuneralhome.com or contact Jason Miller at jberkshirem@yahoo.com. Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester.
Published on  April 15, 2017
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