Remembering Connie Miller

Longtime Westport physical education instructor — and avid golfer, skier and college sports fan — Connie Miller died July 22 at her home in Milford. She was 75 years old.

Connie was born April 7, 1945 in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Her family moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1961. It was the home of her beloved University of Michigan, from which she graduated in 1967. She later earned a master’s degree from the University of Bridgeport.

Connie began her teaching career at Long Lots Junior High School. She later taught at Staples High School and Greens Farms Elementary School. She was a much loved field hockey, basketball and softball coach. Through her career she influenced many young people.

Connie Miller

Connie helped start the junior high intramural sports program in Westport. After teaching for 37 years with dedication and passion, she retired to spend more time on the golf course and the Vermont ski slopes, from her cabin in Wilmington, Vermont.

In the spring and summer she worked at The Orchard Golf Course in Milford, where she did everything but cut the grass.

Connie volunteered at the Milford Hospital Auxiliary, Milford Campus as well as the Walk-In Center. She served as president for 8 years, and was instrumental in creating the therapy dog program at Milford Hospital. She received many awards for her service and dedication to the Auxiliary.

Connie’s love of animals and commitment to animal rights were constants in her life. Her dogs went everywhere with her. She touched the lives of her students, colleagues and many friends and family with a beautiful smile and generous heart.

Connie is survived by her sister, Lynn Miller of Dunedin, Florida. Due to the current health conditions and restrictions of COVID-19, a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Donations may be made to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, 501 Front St., Norfolk, VA 23510, or The Humane Society of the United States, 1255 23rd Street NW, Suite 450 Washington, DC 20037,

6 responses to “Remembering Connie Miller

  1. Deborah Thomas

    So missing my dear friend “Con”, one of the original Long Lots “Out To Lunch Bunch” ,which over the years morphed into just the four of us, Diane Carriera, Sue Griglun, Connie and me. Sadly, Sue left this earth ” to be with the angels” on Dec. 6 after a valiant fight with ovarian cancer.
    Now we are two . Diane and I will continue to carry on tradition and meet for lunch in Con’s memory at one of her favorite restaurants in Milford.
    Wonderful and fun memories. Con was a true and devoted friend ,a treasure. Our hearts are broken.
    Debbie Thomas

  2. Sally Wanamaker

    So sorry to hear this news, Connie was such a hard-working, dedicated member of the Greens Farms Elementary faculty, she truly cared about the kids and about her work. I loved hearing her enthusiasm about the UConn girls basketball team, she was always one to pitch in and then to hand when anyone needed it. Thank you for remembering her in your column.

  3. Galen Blumenthal

    Ms. Miller was at KHS, too! I remember vividly her office at the top of the stairs descending to the gymnasium adorned with U Michigan pennants. She was a wonderful teacher. May she rest in peace.

  4. Karen Emanuelson

    Connie was a quiet, dedicated educator. Her enthusiasm for her students and fellow educators made everyone gravitate to her magnetic personality.
    Helping hands reached out no matter what the schools were doing. I feel blessed to have called her friend and taught with her at King’s Highway School, Long Lots and Greens Farms. Her innovative field day tasks will be remembered by many. She will forever be an example of friendship, kindness, and what we hope for all educators.

  5. Bobbi Essagof

    Always a surprise laugh from Connie. She and Liza ran a tight ship at GFS and kept the kids safe and happy. She was a gem.