Eugene A. Miller

September 16, 1920April 14, 2013
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Sept. 16, 1920 – April 14, 2013

Eugene A. Miller of Williamsville, a retired bank executive and Navy veteran, died Sunday in Erie County Medical Center. He was 92.

Born in Buffalo, he was a 1939 graduate of the Nichols School. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1943.

He also studied at Dartmouth College and Princeton University, where he took courses related to his sonar and minesweeping duties as a commanding officer in the Navy during World War II.

In a typhoon in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Mr. Miller successfully captained his ship among a fleet of 12, two of which sank.

He returned to active duty during the Korean War and completed a 30-year career in the Naval Reserve, where he taught strategy and tactics.

Mr. Miller worked for a time as an insurance representative and sales agent for International Life Co. and R.F. Pleu Agency. He was a certified life underwriter.

However, the major part of his working career was in banking. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he was trust executive for Liberty Bank.

In 1977, Mr. Miller began serving as vice president and manager of the Trust Department at M&T Bank, from which he retired in 1989.

He also was a sought-after estate planner who served many of Buffalo’s top attorneys by teaching professional seminars and courses.

Mr. Miller was a member of the Children’s Guild board of directors’ finance team and was honored with the title director emeritus for his two decades of service.

He was a director of the Buffalo Advertising Club, the Navy League, the Buffalo Launch Club, Saturn Club and the Buffalo Curling Club.

He also served on the board of the Hidden Ridge Homeowners Association in Williamsville.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, the former Florence M. “Babe” Gretch; two daughters, Dr. M. Gretchen Grant and Nancy M. Clifford; and three sons, Dr. John A., Eugene A. Jr. and Christopher A.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. April 27 in St. Michael Catholic Church, 671 Washington St.


  • Visitation Friday, April 26, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, April 27, 2013

Eugene A. Miller

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Billy Mountford

April 29, 2013

Geno and family,
My condolences on your loss. Your father appeared to have a full life with a wonderful family. While I don't believe I ever met your dad, I have to admit I went through all 98 pictures - some real classics in there! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

April 27, 2013

Geno and family, Bayly and I are so sorry for your loss. I love this picture of your Dad, Geno. You have the same sunny smile. Blessings to you all. Love Kim and Bayly

April 27, 2013

Gene and family,
You are in my thoughts and prayers. Know that your father was so very proud of his family and that all of you brought him so much pride and peace.

Best always,

Bobby and Pat Bayliss

Dan and Claudia Malone

April 26, 2013

Nancy and Family...we were so saddened to hear about the passing of your dear father. After viewing the video, his love of family (and the water) was obvious. The Millers were the "royal couple" of Buffalo and I'm sure he will be missed. We wish we could be with you this weekend. Our heartfelt love and sympathy.

Peter & Lois Schwabl

April 20, 2013

Babe: We were so sorry to learn of Eugene's passing. We always enjoyed talking to both of you at the Launch Club.
He was a fine gentleman and we will miss him very much.

Moira McErlean

April 19, 2013

Chris: I have wonderful memories of your parents. Especially my only
snowmobiling experience that your Dad arranged as well as
the tree house he built for you.
Our thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

April 17, 2013

So sorry to hear of Mr. Miller's passing. Paul and I will be away so wanted you to know we would be thinking of all of you. He was a great man who was loved by all and will be greatly missed. Love to all of you,
Paul and Susan Schneeberger

April 17, 2013

On behalf of the Lalley family - please accept our sincere condolences.