Richard Miller was longtime Margaretville pharmacist
Richard Miller, a lifelong resident of Delaware County, died at his home in Margaretville on Thursday, May 20, 2010. Dick was born July 12, 1928, on the family farm in New Kingston, the son of William G. and Marjorie Davidson Miller. The last of their five children, he attended a local one-room schoolhouse from 1934 until 1940, where he was under the tutelage of John Norton. Beginning in the seventh grade he attended Margaretville Central School, graduating in 1946. Thereafter Dick attended Albany College of Pharmacy at Union University from which he graduated in 1950.
Dick worked in Scotia, as an apprentice pharmacist from 1950 to 1953, and spent two years in the Army as a pharmacist stationed in France. Returning stateside, Dick purchased Kelly’s Drug Store on Main Street, Margaretville from Arthur Kelly on January 11, 1955.
In July of 1955, he married Dorothy Jean Byrnes, a Latin teacher at MCS, at the Catholic Church then located in Arkville; they shared a life together until her death in 2007.
He owned and operated Miller’s Drug Store in Margaretville where his son Fred joined him in 1985, thereafter working a shared schedule until his retirement in 2001.
An avid bowler and member of the Monday Night League, Dick also was a 50-plus-year volunteer fireman, serving as treasurer of the MFD for over a decade and as the Middletown-Hardenburgh Fire Com- missioner for four years.
With his wife, he was a member of the Catskill Mountain Squares and during the 1970s a doting foster father to four babies prior to their adoptions.
Dick was also a life member and former board member of the Margaretville Hospital and during the 1960s and 1970s, he worked as a volunteer pharmacist at MMH, filling prescriptions after spending full days working at the store.
A Mason and member of the American Legion Post 216, Dick also served as a volunteer at the Bovina Public Library from 2004 until 2009. He will long be remembered for his dedication and generosity to his patrons as well as his sense of humor and tendency to burst into song, “Oh sweet mystery of life at last I’ve found you,” being one that we can print here.
Along with his son, Fred, of Margaretville; he is survived by three daughters, Pauline Halim of Yorktown Heights, Marjorie Miller of Arkville and Peg McTague of Niskayuna; as well as his daughter and sons-in-law, Rebecca, McKinley Miller, Nagui Halim and Jim McTague. Additionally Dick is survived by his nine grandchildren, Luke Halim of Alexandria, Va., Ian Halim of New York and Dr. Andrea Halim of New Haven, Conn., Paige and Robert Miller of Margaretville as well as Caitlyn, Sarah, Emily and Ryan McTague of Niskayuna. Also surviving are a sister, Martha Iacoboni and brother, Jay; along with numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.
His sister, Elizabeth Sheldon and brother, Bill, predeceased him.
Services will be at the Margaretville United Pres-byterian Church at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 2010, with the Rev. Joon Lee officiating.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 4, 2010, at Hynes Funeral Home, with his ashes being interred next to those of his beloved wife in the Sanford Cemetery immediately thereafter.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in his name to any of the following locations: Mar-garetville Fire Department, Bovina Public Library or Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care Center in Oneonta.
Arrangements are by Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.