Tom “BIG” Miller, 76

January 26, 2024

Tom “BIG” Miller of Lancaster, PA passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 26, 2024, after a brief battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Suzanne (Bucko) Miller.

Born in Kittanning, PA on February 25, 1947, he was the son of the late Ralph and Doris (Wright) Miller.

Tom graduated from Ford City High School, Class of 1965 where he lettered in multiple sports and still holds the record for the longest javelin throw in the FCHS history. After high school Tom started playing softball with various teams in the Ding-a-Ling Tournament, USSSA Softball, and Professional Softball with the Pittsburgh Hard Hats. For these accomplishments he was inducted into the Armstrong County and Ford City Hall of Fames.

Tom and his family moved to Lancaster, PA in 1980 for work at Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, where he retired from in 2001.

Tom enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with friends and family at HARAHOJI, the family camp located near Marienville, PA.

Tom was a fan of all Pittsburgh Sports (Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates).

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three sons, Brian Miller of Delta, PA, Bruce Miller and wife Pamela of Lancaster, PA, and Brandon Miller and wife Kristi of New Providence, PA, his cherished seven grandchildren (Catlan, Corinn, Kayla, Shayne, Greg, Trent, and Tabitha) and eight great-grandchildren (Madison, Caylee, McKenzie, Ethan, Evelyn, Layton, Esme’, and Emily), a brother Tim Miller, and wife Patti of Crestline, OH, a brother-in-law Barry Byerly of Crestline, OH, along with two nieces and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Trudy (Miller) Byerly and daughter-in-law Diane (Davis) Miller.

He was very loved. May all the stories and his memory live on.

A celebration of Tom’s life will be held at a later date.

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Condolences to the Family

February 27, 2024

We are so sorry for the loss of your father you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. 
Jar & Dori

February 24, 2024

God inherited a great one!
  Tom was as well meaning an individual as anyone ever could be…best friend you could ever have.
   I met Tom at nine years of age and had a great last meal with him at, of all places, MILLER’S smorgasbord in Lancaster! It was like we were kids again.
   He was so proud of you, Suzie, and your entire family and he will be sorely missed by all who came in contact with him.
   RIP big fella!
John Kunkle

February 15, 2024

RIP Thomas, I was looking a a trophy we won and it for the NUMEC team in 1974. For the rest of my softball life I umpired many games that you Summerville and Foxy Nelson played on the flats to Cadogan. Always a gentlemen and fun. The home run you hit on the front porch roof of Volleck’s across the Cadogan Road was awsome. I still tell stories about you. God Bless you and your family.
Ray Borkoski

February 13, 2024

RIP Tom. I remember you as a friendly guy two years ahead of me at FCHS. Sending thoughts and prayers to Suzie and your entire family during this sad time. ❤️❤️ Kathy Kahat Kohut

February 13, 2024

have great memories of the many times fishing on tionesta creek and can’t count the number of times we played softball with and against each other will never forget you tom
Dan Hedglin

February 13, 2024

 My best to Suzanne and family
Andy Brindger

February 13, 2024

Tommy Miller, as a 5th grader, hit a softball through the picture window of the house across the street from the school playground at Ford Cliff Elementary School.   What a POWER hitter !!!
Robert Churchill

February 12, 2024

Enjoyed playing Poker ♦️ with Big Tom on many occasions!! Great man and a great family . You will be dearly missed . So glad I had the opportunity to meet you ! 
John Della Rova

February 12, 2024

RIP big guy
Tim Szymanski

February 11, 2024

R.I.P. Sir.  I worked with you for many years at Peach Bottom, and you were a true professional in all you did.  I could always depend on you when as shift chemist, and I appreciated your knowledge and willingness to help the crew.  As a ball player, I stand in awe of your monumental shots to, which ever field you felt like challenging, the fence.  Peace to you my friend and comfort to your family.

February 11, 2024

So sorry to hear.  Tom was a big part of my life in my early Peach Bottom days. He was a good  man

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