WITH A STANDING OVATION FROM STATE SHUFFLERS, JO MILLER THANKED ALL WHO ATTENDED THE BRADENTON CLUB MEMORIAL HONORING HER LATE HUSBAND JIM MILLER WHO PASSED AWAY UNEXPECTEDLY LAST SPRING. SHE NOTED THE MANY PHONE CALLS AND HUNDREDS OF CARDS SHE RECEIVED.

PICTURED WITH JO MILLER AFTER TRAVELING FROM THEIR INDIANA HOME TO ATTEND THE CEREMONY ARE SON TIM MILLER, HIS WIFE TIFFANY AND CHILDREN CHRIS, RYAN & HOPE.

JIM MILLER IS WIDELY CONSIDERED THE BEST SINGLES PLAYER IN RECENT TIMES WINNING 13 DIFFERENT SINGLES TITLES. HE ALSO WON 5 MORE MASTERS TITLES IN THE SWCD.

JERRY STANNARD BEGAN THE MEMORIAL BY REMINISCING ABOUT JIM AND ALSO LISTING THE MANY TITLES HE HAD WON. JERRY ALSO ALLUDED TO THE MANY HOURS JIM PUT IN AT THE BRADENTON COURTS AND THE FACT HE WOULD PLAY WITH ANY PARTNER WHO ASKED HIM.

RON NURNBERGER THEN READ A STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE MILLER FAMILY. IT INCLUDED A STATEMENT FROM HIS DAUGHTER NANCY: “JIM WAS A BROTHER, UNCLE, HUSBAND, FATHER, GRANDFATHER, CHAMPION AND SIMPLY A GREAT FRIEND TO ALL WHO KNEW HIM.”

FROM JO MILLER: “JIM WAS A QUIET PERSON, WITH THE MOST EVEN TEMPERAMENT AND NOT ONE TO BE IN THE SPOTLIGHT. HE WAS PROUD OF HOW WELL HE PREPARED THE DISCS AND COURTS AT BRADENTON. A SIMPLE ‘THANK YOU’ FOR HIS WORK MADE HIS DAY.

FROM BRADENTON SHUFFLEBOARD CLUB MEMBERS: “RARELY DOES A PERSON AS SPECIAL AS JIM MILLER WITH SO MANY LIKABLE TALENTS AND ABILITIES PASS THROUGH OUR LIVES. JIM WAS OUR ‘GO TO PERSON’ FOR SHUFFLEBOARD ADVICE, BE IT COURTS, DISCS OR SHUFFLEBOARD STRATEGY. HE KNEW IT ALL AND WAS EVER SO GRACIOUS TO SHARE HIS KNOWLEDGE.”

Reporting for the SWCD, Ron Nurnberger