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Harmon Funeral Home

571 Forest Ave, Staten Island, NY

OBITUARY

Richard Millen

April 24, 1948August 15, 2020

Richard (Richie) Millen left this earth suddenly on August 15, 2020 after spending a typical day interacting with family and friends. Richard was born in 1948, to Walter and Gladys (Hayes). He attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) Grammar School through the 8th grade and was later a member of the OLPH Ridgemen Drum and Bugle Corps. This experience tapped into his God given talent and love for music. After graduating from Fort Hamilton High School, Richard pursued his passion for music by writing and performing with other talented friends in local venues throughout New York City. Richard enlisted in the US Armed Forces in 1967 and served his country as an Army Military Policeman - canine unit. He spent one of his three years in service at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Korea. Three years after his discharge from service, he married the love of his life, Camille (Fontana). The couple had two children, Melissa Millen-Broderick (Physician Assistant), and David Millen (Mental Health Therapist and also a Musician). Later he became guardian to his sister Gail’s son – nephew, James Hahn (Enterprise Architect and Marine Corp Veteran). His children and their spouses - Jennifer Broderick and Emily Hahn (Walker), brought him great joy. Richie also has 2 amazing grandchildren, Logan and Chase Broderick who share their grandfather’s love of music, animals and video games. Watching America’s Funniest Home Videos on Sunday evenings was one of their favorite pastimes together. Richard is also survived by his brother-in-law Ed, sister-in-law Mary, and nephews Edward and John who adored him.

Richard worked 35 years to support his family - first as a driver for a courier service and later as a dispatch supervisor for a large New Jersey trucking company. Throughout that time music remained a big part of his life, as he continued to perform with bands on weekends. One of his greatest joys was bringing his musical gift into the lives of others, entertaining family and friends with his piano playing and singing at social events and family gatherings. This inevitably made him the life of party as others joined in singing. In addition to his musical talents, Richie’s love of animals was well known throughout his life wherever he lived and worked. Along with music, having a dog was essential to his happiness. He was always readily available to dog or cat sit for friends or family.

Since retiring 10 years ago, he has been living his best life, exactly how he wanted. His days were spent playing piano, listening to jazz music, hanging out with his dog, and jumping in his pool. Richard was an avid reader. He also enjoyed getting together with family and friends. Our lives have been enriched by Richie’s zest for life and generosity with his talents. May our fond memories of good times together remain with us until we meet again.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard's memory to Pawsitively Furever Dog Rescue, Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation and or to City Harvest.Org

Services

  • Mass of the Resurrection

    Friday, August 21, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Friday, August 21, 2020

Memories

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Linda Carberry

August 21, 2020

So many memories made with my friends Richie and Camille back in the day. Too many to list, but as I read all these wonderful stories about Richie I see the common thread- the thing we all find comfort in remembering is his love of music. I remember going to the block parties where the band played, the local bar that they played in on a Saturday night and Richie singing “Whiter Shade of Pale” by procol harum . His rendition sounding better then the lead singer of that band. I always think of Richie whenever I hear that song.
His love for his family and friends, and let’s not forget the numerous dogs he’s had, reminds us all just how gentle and kind a person he was. A couple of years ago I went to a Christmas show at my nephew’s school. I turned around and I saw a man with a beret on, I said “if that guy doesn’t look like Richie Millen”. Well it was. His grandsons were also in the show. He was so proud of them. He just glowed when they came running over to him. Pure love.
I know Richie is in the palm of Gods hands already getting a band together above the clouds. “Turn cartwheels cross the floor.“
My sincerest sympathies and love go to my dear friend Camille, their children and grandchildren Melissa, David ,James , Jen , Logan and chase. God bless all of you🙏

Peggy and Ray Pierce

August 20, 2020

It is hard to single out a particular time or experience to define the essence of 55 years of friendship with you Richard. So so many laughs ! The joy of hearing you play with David and the beautiful harmony you shared with Bobby and Pete.
But the best harmony you shared was when you met and married Camille!
Ray and I have been so blessed to be life long friends with you and Camille, closer than family. Our birthdays were never complete until we had our birthday serenade phone call from you and Camille.
August 15th is the Feast of the Assumption but for us it will be the day the Blessed Mother escorted you to heaven and the day the music died for us. God Bless You Richard.

Bob Andrade

August 20, 2020

Oh Rich how you will be missed!!
Always brought such laughter & joy when we were all together
I remember singing along with you & feeling like a star because I knew I couldn’t sing but you let me anyway - such fun
Your with your best friend now
Jack who was also a great guy & so missed
& many friends & family. Our singing angel watch over Camille
And kids. Love you my dear friend
RIP

Mart Riley

August 19, 2020

Hello, I grew up on 56th street and we had wonderful times together. His parents were the kindest people and Richie would always entertain with music. I am very sorry to hear he passed away, he was always kind and we shared great times on the stoop. God Bless your family, he is now surrounded by Gail and his parents.

Bernie Hoban

August 19, 2020

Dear Millen family,

I grew up on 56th street and Richie was one of the cool big kids. I remember the great block parties and Richie and his band will play great music for the block. It was the best of times. He was the best of the best. We will miss him.

Kathie Riera

August 19, 2020

I have so many wonderful memories of being with Richard it’s hard to pick one to write about. We were neighbors on 56 th street our kids were young and we wanted a dog, Richard was working at an animal hospital or shelter and we asked if he could get us a puppy the next day he brings a mid sized Shepard mix who looked scary to us but Rich assured us she was a good sweet girl so we kept her named her Ernie (Ernestine ) And had her for 14 years she was a blessing and having Richard as a friend has been a blessing he will be missed by all and I’m sure he’ll keep the music going until we are all together again RIP dear friend, Kathie

Jahn Visone

August 19, 2020

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Jahn Visone

August 19, 2020

My Godfather and known as my Uncle Richie .... many childhood memories of you with a smile on your face and a song on your lips let’s not forget the laughter too
He and my late father Jack were very good friends in the 70’s which brought together my family to theirs. Growing up I won’t forget how loved I felt being around them
No matter the distance life created he always had that place in my heart. He so reminded me of my own father ... Handsome Tall Irish Men with striking Blue Eyes & Both Leos ! Their love for life, music & fun times rubbed off on those that were near because their big hearts were open embracing you
I imagine him with my Dad Jamming out in Heaven with those Blue Eyes Smiling 💙
Uncle Richie you will be sorely missed

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