David Miller remembered, honored by Sunbury Council

“Dave was willing to carry the load.”

That was one of the tributes given to the late councilman David L. Miller by Sunbury Mayor Tommy Hatfield prior to the council meeting on Aug. 16. Miller, 74, died at Riverside Methodist Hospital on Aug. 12.

“He wanted to be involved in all committees,” Hatfield said of Miller. “He cared very much about the schools, even though his kids weren’t in the district.”

In an email, Hatfield said Miller’s service for Sunbury started “by first being appointed to Village Council on January 1, 2012. He was elected as full-time Councilman in 2013. For 2017 Dave served as President of Council and during his tenure served on the IT, Finance, School Board, Village Records, Insurance and Income Tax Review Committees for the Village.”

Born in Dayton, Miller served in the Army during the Vietnam War. His obituary states that he “retired in 2005 from Economy Linen and Towel Service and worked with his daughter and son-in-law at InSource Solutions Group.”

Hatfield said Miller brought a business-oriented approach to his council work.

“He wanted to see it get done faster and better than before,” Hatfield said. “There’s got to be a cheaper way. He constantly pushed for things to happen — he would say I want to see it before I go.”

“His impact on council was immense,” said councilman Leonard Weatherby. “It was a pleasure to work with him.”

“When I met him I felt like he had always been here,” said councilman Scott Weatherby. “I’ll miss him.”

“He always did carry the happy face,” said councilman Tim Gose. “He was a genuinely nice man.”

“In my two years here, he made me feel very welcome,” said administrator Allen Rothermel.

“I considered Dave a friend of council, the community and the police force,” Hatfield said. “He genuinely cared for people.”

Police Chief Robert Howard said Miller helped him make the transition after he was promoted, encouraged the entire police force and always looked for the positive.

Staff remembered Miller as someone who did his homework prior to meetings, but who was willing to change his opinion after listening to others and do the right thing.

Miller’s obituary said, “David is survived by his loving wife of 30 years Mary “Rosie” (Helmer) Miller, children Teri (Stephen) Giesler and David “Scott” Miller, grandson Michael David Giesler, brothers Larry Miller and Michael (Pam) Miller, two half sisters and a half brother.”

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the Village of Sunbury Municipal Building, 44 W. Cherry St., Sunbury.

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Sunbury Councilman Dave Miller’s seat was draped with a black sash during the Aug. 16 Village Council meeting. Miller died Aug. 12.
https://www.delgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2017/08/web1_DSCF9530.jpgSunbury Councilman Dave Miller’s seat was draped with a black sash during the Aug. 16 Village Council meeting. Miller died Aug. 12. Gary Budzak | The Gazette

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By Gary Budzak

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In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to www.pelotonia.org/ridefordad.