R.J. Fahy Funeral Home

116 N Broad Street, Norwich, NY


Michael G. Miles

December 22, 1952September 1, 2019

Michael G. Miles, 66, of Guilford passed away Sunday, September 1, 2019 at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Hospital in New York, NY after a 9 year battle with his cancers. Mike was born in Sidney on December 22, 1952 the son of Gordon and Elma (Hartwell) Miles. He attended school in Mt. Upton, Catskill, and Sidney and graduated from Mt. Upton Central School with the Class of 1971. He furthered his studies at Delhi College. Soon after, Mike entered the United States Air Force serving his country from 1972 until his honorable discharge in 1973 at which point he entered the Air National Guard until his discharge in 1979. On August 31, 1974 he married Barbara Hart. Over the years Mike worked as a truck mechanic and driver for several area firms beginning with Hills, Wadhams and Charles Husteds. After traveling the 48 states, as an owner-operator, logging with Bob Harris and Fred Zachow, maintenance for R&L Log Homes and Valley Nursery Mike was employed by Howard's Express as a driver for several years. Due to health issues he returned to college, earned his Associates Degree and was hired by the NY State Division of Homeland Security where he worked in the office of Fire Prevention and Control. Mike was very proud to serve on the Material Review Committees for Pumping and Aerial Apparatus Driver/Operator Handbooks for the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA). Mike was also involved with his community serving on the Guilford Town Board, Borden Hose Co. (Mt. Upton Rockdale F.D.), Chenango Fire Chiefs Association, and Mt. Upton American Legion. He was a member of the Rockdale Rod and Gun Club, Sidney Boat Club, Guilford Historical Society, and Mt. Upton United Methodist Church. In his leisure time he enjoyed barbequing, building with wood, bowling, softball, hunting, boating, fishing, taking an occasional cruise with Barb, RVing, and his beloved dog, Buddy. Mike is survived by his wife Barbara of Guilford, his daughters Heather (Jeremy) Pain of Mt. Upton, Gretchen (Kenneth Jr.) Hubbard of Whitehall, PA and his 2 grandchildren Madeline and Noah Pain. Also surviving are his brothers Monte (Ruth) Miles of Kennedy, NY, Martin (Sharon) Miles of Guilford, Max (Marcy) Miles of Jamestown, Mark (Rita) Miles of Mt. Upton and Gordon Miles of Houston, TX and his ½ sister Michelle Miles of Athens, NY, Stepmother Judy Miles of Scottsdale, AZ, Aunt Mary Clark, Uncle Jr. Hartwell, several nieces, nephews and many cousins. Friends and family may call at the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home in Norwich on Friday from 5-7 PM. A funeral service for Mike will be held on Saturday, September 7, at 11 AM at the Mt. Upton United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in the Maplewood Cemetery of Mt. Upton In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mike's memory to the Mt. Upton United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 199, Mt. Upton, NY 13809, Borden Hose Co., P.O. Box 197, Mt. Upton, NY 13809, or Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Office of Development at P.O. Box 27106, New York, NY 10087 (checks made out to Memorial Sloan Kettering, Michael Miles in the memo line).


  • Calling Hours Friday, September 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 7, 2019


Michael G. Miles

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Cindy Osowski Gardiner

September 9, 2019

Love hugs thoughts and prayers are with you all. Cherish the great times and memories that you had together and keep them close in your heart. Know that your guardian angel will be watching over all of you! Take care

Judi VanWhy (Smith)

September 7, 2019

Barbara and family, I am extending my sympathies with such sadness. Years and years ago when Mike was 13 I babysat at his house when yhere were just 4 boys. I was 16 or 17 and somehow got this job. I would go after school and care for them while Mom worked. Make dinner and clean up and spend time with them. I loved that job and those boys. We had alot of laughs and fun. I never forgot them. 3 weeks Mike came to mind. Must have been a reason. I tried to see if he was on fb. I found you Barb and tried messenger you. At that time you were preparing forwhat was to come and a message from a total stranger was not important. I had just wanted to say hi to Mike and have a chuckle about those days gone by. Even at 13 he was sweet and special person. God must have lead me to that, who knows. Please remember me to Monty, Max and Gordy. They may or may not remember me. They lived in Sidney and just little guys. Praying for your healing of the hearts. Judi (Smith) VanWhy

Philip Russ

September 7, 2019

From Phil Russ: Mike was a great friend during high school. We played sports together and after high school we drove to Delhi Tech every day together.

After college, Mike drove milk truck for Husteds and picked up our milk on the farm. I always enjoyed our conversations while waiting for the milk to be pumped, and looked forward to him coming. Later on, he worked as a logger, and did logging on our farm. It was such a pleasure to do business with Mike, and I looked forward to seeing him. Whenever I saw him at a social event, I looked forward to our chats. Mike will always be in my thoughts and memories. My thoughts go out to Barb and family. Sincerely, Phil Russ

Phil and Helen Russ

September 7, 2019

Dear Barb and family, Phil and I would like to extend our heartfelt sympathies in the passing of Mike. Mike was a great guy, and Phil has many fun and good memories of spending time with Mike. We are so sorry to hear about this Sad time and send you many hugs and much love. Rest In Peace, Mike, you served your country, firefighters and community well. We will miss you. Blessings to you and your family, Barb.

Andrew Dickinson

September 7, 2019

There are so many words I found to describe Mike. Passionate; Mike was passionate about the endeavors he engaged in; his work, lessons, students, firefighters, family and friends. I loved his excitement when we worked together or just talked. The last few years we worked together I knew if the cell rang at 7:30 AM it was Mike, as it was time we were able to focus on the issues at hand. God Bless.

Susan Corona

September 4, 2019

Barbara and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Mike was a good,kind person and I am thankful for the opportunity that I had to know him. Sending prayers for peace and comfort for you and your family in the days ahead.

Denise Rothwell

September 4, 2019

Mike was a great friend & classmate! He was kind, courteous & funny! His smile lit up the room! He has a beautiful wife which I have known for years! A beautiful family & grandkids! You will be missed! You fought the fight! And you deserve peace now! RIP my dear friend