Robert H. Miller Jr.
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BOSTON, MA- Robert Huffman “Tiger“ Miller Jr., of Myrtle Beach, SC, died on October 31. He was 75. Mr. Miller was born in Boston, and raised on Marblehead Neck. Always an outdoorsman, he spent his youth sailing 110 class sailboats at the Eastern Yacht Club, playing ice hockey, and skiing in the Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire. He attended New Prep School in Boston and Norwich University.

In 1958 he moved to the Mount Snow Valley in southern Vermont. From 1958-1989,

Mr. Miller held many positions at the Mount Snow Ski Resort, assistant ski school director: lift personnel supervisor, lift department director, and lift operations supervisor. His skiing career began as an alpine racer. He entered and competed in many notable national races such as The Inferno at Mount Washington, The Roch Cup in Aspen, CO, and The Harriman Cup in Sun Valley, ID. In the winter of 1959 he became a professional ski instructor. He was a fully certified member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America, and a member of the Canadian Ski Alliance. In the early 1970s he was an eastern region examiner for the PSIA.

Mr. Miller began his golf career in 1964. From 1964-67, he was the assistant superintendent/foreman for the first nine holes at the Mount Snow golf course. He was superintendent from 1967-1989. In 1970 he oversaw the construction of the second nine holes. He was instrumental in making the 200-acre, 18-hole Geoffrey Cornish-designed championship course what it is today. In 1968 he was a member of the inaugural class of turf management at the University of Massachusetts. His extensive turf expertise was called upon to oversee the construction of two smaller par 3 golf courses: The Sitzmark Lodge and Club in Wilmington, and one on Chappaquiddick Island off of Martha’s Vineyard, MA, for a private landowner. He was a class A member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America; member and board member of the Northeastern Golf Course Superintendents Association; founding member, president, and board member of the Vermont Golf Course Superintendents Association. In 1989 he moved his family to Myrtle Beach, SC. In Myrtle Beach he worked at Island Green Golf Club, TPC Myrtle Beach, and Pawley’s Plantation Golf and Country Club.

Mr. Miller never met a stranger and genuinely loved to share a laugh and a beer with all. He was civic minded and was a member of the West Dover Volunteer Fire Department and served as a selectman for the town of Dover from 1984-1989.

Other interests included fishing, hunting, boating, and landscaping.

He leaves behind his wife of 33 years, Carole D. Miller, two daughters, Paige E Miller, Abigail C. Miller, and soon-to-be son-in-law Peter J. Copeland. He also leaves a son, Philip Miller, and daughters from a previous marriage, Deborah Porcarelli (Tony) of Fairfield, MT, and Niece Massoni (Donald) of West Dover, and grandson Max Massoni.

Condolences may be sent to Carole D. Miller, 9722 Smalls Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588.

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