John B. Millar Jr, 83, Navy man, special ed teacher

CLAVERACK—John B. Millar, Jr, 83, of Claverack, passed away Sunday, July 11, 2010.
He was the son of the late Ina (Martin) and John B. Millar, Sr. of Guardbridge, Scotland. Mr. Millar and his twin brother, Andrew, were born October 22, 1926 in Holyoke, Mass.
During World War II, Mr. Millar served as a member of the US Navy on the USS Boxer. He earned a BS degree at the University of Bridgeport and an MS from the University of Massachusetts. Upon moving to Columbia County, Mr. Millar began a 30-year teaching career with the Hudson City School District as a special education teacher. As a teacher, Mr. Millar influenced the lives of hundreds of local students. His use of humor, patience and perseverance helped all of his students succeed.
He enjoyed all sports, but in particular, softball and golf. He played on several local softball teams and was a member of the Columbia Golf and Country Club for more than 20 years. He was the assessor for the Town of Claverack for 10 years.
Mr. Millar is best remembered by friends and family for his humor, storytelling and his love for his family.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Bonnie Millar of Claverack; his two sons and daughters-in-law, Andrew and Jeanine Millar of Ghent and Brian Millar and Dana Alonge of Pine Plains; and four cherished grandchildren, Abby and
Braeden Millar of Ghent and Riley and Siena Millar of Pine Plains.
He was predeceased by his twin brother, Andrew Millar.
Calling hours are 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 15 at the Bates & Anderson–Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.
Memorial services will follow at 6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Following the memorial service, friends and family are invited to celebrate Mr. Millar’s life at the home of Andy and Jeanine at 18 Nathan Lane, Ghent. 
Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany 12205.

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