Sydney L. Miller

Sydney L. Miller, of Boston and Palm Beach, Florida, and formerly of Newton, Massachusetts, philanthropist and devoted family man, passed away early in the morning of June 8th, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family. Sydney was 88 years old.

Sydney is remembered by his three loving children, Jane Pelz, wife of George Pelz, Lisa Miller, and Hank Miller, husband to Melinda Miller. He is also remembered by his seven grandchildren, Joshua, Lucas, Dylan, Phoebe, Larson, Max and Nathalie, his sister-in-law Nancy Comenitz, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Lorraine Risman Miller, sister Marcia Yanofsky and her husband Robert Yanofsky.

Sydney was born on December 8th, 1929 in Brookline, MA, the only son of Harry and Tena Miller. He graduated from Tilton Academy. The highlight of his time at Tilton was when he was called to Fenway Park for a tryout with the Boston Red Sox. Sydney went on to study at Harvard University. After graduating Harvard in 1952, Sydney went to work with his father, Harry Miller, at the Harry Miller Company in Boston, which was founded in 1910. Sydney took over the family business as CEO and Chairman in 1955 when his father unexpectedly died and Sydney continued to be involved in the business up until his passing. While at Harvard, Sydney was introduced to his wife, Lorraine, by a friend. He credits Lorraine with being the backbone that allowed him to grow his business.

Sydney’s greatest joy in life was spending time with his family and dispensing advice to his children and grandchildren. He loved hosting the family for summer weekends on Cape Cod and winters in Palm Beach. These times spent together created memories that the entire family will always cherish. He could often be found on the golf course, sailing, or playing squash at the Harvard Club. Sydney had a love for scotch and eating dinners out.

Sydney was both altruistic and philanthropic, shown through his time as the former President of the Jewish Memorial Hospital, a director of US Trust Company, a director of Town Bank and Trust, a director of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, a director of Northeastern University and a member of the visitor’s board at the D’ Amore McKim School of Businesses at Northeastern University. Sydney was also very active in the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) where he made many lasting friendships and had the opportunity to travel the world.

Services will be at Temple Beth Elohim, Wellesley, MA on Sunday June 10th 2:00pm. Interment at the Mishkan Tefila Memorial Park, 2619 Centre Street, West Roxbury. Memorial observance Sunday following the interment until 8:00 PM, Monday and Tuesday 2:00-5:00 PM and 7:00-9:00 PM, at the residence of Jane and George Pelz.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Sydney’s memory may be made to The Brigham & Women's Hospital, Development Office,116 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116 or a charity of your choice.


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Sydney L. Miller

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