Captain Milton Miller Dead at 97

A lifelong commercial fishermen, Miller was an outspoken member of the East Hampton community.

Milton L. Miller Sr., a commercial fisherman and a member of one of East Hampton's oldest families, died on Dec. 16 at Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Southampton, according to The East Hampton Star.

He was 97.

Miller survived the 1938 Hurricane, made a bid for East Hampton Town Supervisor, and helped form the now defunct East Hampton Dory Rescue Squad. According to his obituary in The Star:

The author Peter Matthiessen used him as a major source for his 1986 “Men’s Lives,” which in turn was made into a play of the same name by Joe Pintauro and staged at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor in its inaugural season.

Memorial donations can be made to the Amagansett Life-Saving Station, for which he lent his support for its preservation. The address is P.O. Box 51, Amagansett 11930.

To read the entire obituary in The Star, click here.

Brian P. Carabine December 27, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Milton was a good man and a tough man. He will be missed. He had wished to live until the Amagansett Coast Guard Station was opened as a museum to remember the service of Life Saving Service and The Coast Guard that have been so long involved with the East End, and particularly Coast Guardsman Cullen and the incident with the Nazi saboteurs during World War II. But he was happy a couple of months ago when we drove around the building and saw the work that had been done and he had faith that it would be completed.
Taylor K. Vecsey December 27, 2012 at 11:57 PM
I'm sure Mr. Miller will be there in spirit when it finally does open, right Mr. Carabine?
Elaine Jones December 28, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Once again good reporting Taylor. Not too many people remembered that Milton ran for Supervisor of East Hampton Town. It was on the Independence line and we were proud to run him. He was a good man who really cared about East Hampton. His incredible memory of history will be missed.
tito December 28, 2012 at 03:14 AM
he was a true piece of east hamptons living history. be in peace
Jon bailey March 10, 2013 at 03:30 PM
I loved to listen to his stories, added by his unique old time New England accent. Capt'n Milt was as my Grandpa called him my forty-second cousin, as were many a Bonac. While setting the Gill net behind his home made trawler, he would spin many a yarn. I miss those hard working days, god bless y Uncle Milt....


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