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 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,