Passing of Al Miller

October 23, 2016

With much sadness we must tell you that Al Miller passed away on Friday, October 21, 2016. Al marched with the Toronto Optimists, the Commanders and the Optimist Alumni.

Al began his time in the Optimist carrying a flag before moving to rifle where he carried a chrome-plated Lee-Enfield .303, complete with a chrome plated bayonet! After aging out, Al joined the Commanders, again carrying a rifle. When he joined the Optimists Alumni he decided that he wanted to be musical and joined our cymbal line. Al was a good man who will be missed by all who knew him. Our condolences go to Al's family.

Messages of condolences can be posted on the Optimists Alumni Facebook page.


ALEXANDER NIGEL MILLER Passed away in his 76th year, after a long battle with cancer, at Peterborough Regional Health Centre on October 21, 2016. Son of the late Alexander (Sandy) and Nola Miller, father of Robert and the late Kirstin, beloved brother of Sandra Bohn, David Miller, Cathy Hufnagel and the late Nola Miller, beloved uncle of Lee, David, Colin, Mark, Darlene, Sarah, Kelsey, Jennifer, Juanita and Johnathon and all his great-nieces and nephews. A longtime member of the Toronto Optimist Drum & Bugle Corps, the Canadian Commanders and latterly, the Optimist Alumni, Alex spent his career in the electronic components industry before retiring to his log home on the Crowe River. Cremation will be at Ashburnham Funeral Home & Reception Centre, Peterborough, with a memorial ceremony and scattering of the ashes to be held at a date to be arranged. Condolences to the family and donations to the charity of your choice can be made at Many thanks to the staff at PRHC Palliative Care for your care and compassion.

Memorial for Al

  • Unfortunately the family decided that they would not have a memorial.