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GLEN MILLER

Born: Aug 06, 1945

Date of Passing: Oct 19, 2020

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GLEN MILLER
August 6,
1945 - October 19, 2020

It is with sadness that the family announces the passing of our Dad and Husband. Glen passed away peacefully with family by his side after a brief illness.
He is survived by his loving wife Ann of 45 years; two daughters, Kerri Derksen (Craig) of San Ramon, CA, and their daughters, London and Brenna; Kelly Dust of Kelowna, BC, and her children, Lukas, Jake and Logan. Glen's five grandchildren have fond memories of and will miss their "Dizzy".
Glen was predeceased by his father Joe Miller in 1953 and his mother Verna Miller in 1998.
Glen was fortunate as he had two main passions in life - aviation and broadcasting. As a young man he obtained his pilot's license and even instructed aviation students. He also made his mark on Winnipeg radio stations CJOB and CJNU.
Cremation has taken place and service plans are forthcoming.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 24, 2020

Condolences & Memories (26 entries)

  • It's August 6, Glen's birthday today, and a fitting time to remember and honour my good friend. I was shocked and greatly saddened to learn of his passing some months after the fact, one of the sorts of delays that happen in this pandemic upset, where many of the normal social contacts and communications have been interrupted. I'm most grateful that Ann was able to find my number and alert me to the sad news. I'm glad to see that many have paid tribute to Glen and his career, and would like to add my own little comment. Our friendship began when working together at CJOB and continued on in technical collaborations on his home studio and other interests after he retired from the station. His idea of retirement was moving on to even better opportunities. We spent many an hour working together on his home studio and the technology of his automated advertising system (which he invented), many another evening together on our "coffee" dates, and even a short flight or two when he had to shuttle Taillieu Construction's company plane from the airport to their private landing strip. This entrepreneurial diversity was one of the hallmarks of knowing Glen. A big break came when an experienced administrator at a local trades school picked Glen out of a line-up for a shot at technical training as an aircraft electrician. With his self confidence bolstered he discovered he really loved aviation and set his sights on a commercial pilot's license. Glen got his airline transport license and did indeed become a commercial pilot. Realizing at some point that he had a bent for radio announcing (and absolutely superb vocal tone) he went into broadcasting and never looked back. The landscape changed in the radio broadcast industry back in the early 90s. But once again, Glen was ahead of the curve, seeing a market for automated advertising systems in shopping malls and big box stores. Being already well acquainted with both sides of the coin -- electronic technology and how to prepare and voice really effective audio advertising -- he invented his own support equipment and built his own home studio where he could record the audio spots that would play through it. With the advent of the internet and satellite distribution, Glen's advertising service had a successful but fairly short commercial run, but once again he was already launching some other successful ventures. A return to flying as a company pilot and at the same time a collaboration on Winnipeg's nostalgia radio station eventually paid off well and settled him into a comfortable retirement, where his rich mellow voice continued to contribute to a second incarnation of the nostalgia station. The great personal legacy of all this diverse experience I think was that Glen's vision was always sweeping in scope. As I can attest myself, it's always a huge step between being able to see an idea and bringing it to any serious commercial success, but nonetheless vision is always the starting point. Vision is also it's own reward, since, for all its faults, the world can just be so very intellectually interesting. An evening over coffee with Glen could take you on a magic carpet ride across all the modern day inspirations of human endeavour. That's what made it such a rich experience to spend an evening with him, and why I especially have sorely missed our periodic times together. I've known few people with such a scope of interest, and I remember his story. It's a story well worth telling and a life well lived. So long old friend. - Posted by: Dave Sandeman (Friend and colleague) on: Aug 06, 2021

  • Glen Miller had arguably the most distinctive voice on the Manitoba airwaves. When I heard him speak, he kind of reminded me of Bruce Marsh who did the Kraft commercials years back. - Posted by: Chris Marsh (Acquaintance) on: Nov 23, 2020

  • I was shocked to hear of Glen's passing last month. As a past producer at the Manitoba Planetarium, Glen was my go to voice artist. His magnificent voice played a large part in the success of our shows. As a pilot, Glen flew me and two others over the Falcon Lake UFO “landing site “ where I was able to photograph the site with normal colour photos and in infrared. By coincidence, I was re recording a Planetarium show I wrote called Summer Constellations for my daughter who, as young 5 yr.old was part of the shoe. Glen was the voice during the bulk of the show. Glen was a professional in all he did. I will miss him. - Posted by: Ed Barker (Friend) on: Nov 22, 2020

  • So sudden, Glen my friend (cousin) to depart for the wild blue yonder! In past have enjoyed flying with you in the right seat as Co-Pilot over Manitoba, going to the Grey Cup in Hamilton but only made it as far as Thunder Bay as Glen forgot his ESSO credit card which I didn't mind as his connection took us to TV station and this is where I saw my first Canadian Colour TV broadcast on round screen to view the Grey Cup game! Finally met Ann as the four of us Glen, Randy, Barb and Ann (friend of Barb) flew out to Calgary for a visit in Glen small plane but big enough to load a few cases of Kokanee Glacier Pilsener beer as I remember all those cases on the aircraft wing. Then Glen and Randy holding the wing tips as an Air Canada DC-9 blasted off the ramp. Yes from working with Glen in Air Canada Viscount overhaul in Winnipeg hanger to many visits over the years, the final get together was at Barb Heggie funeral last summer in Winnipeg. So both Barb and Glen have gone now!! - Posted by: Randy Hargreaves (Co-worker, friend) on: Nov 03, 2020

  • I remember a trip out West, when Randy brought me to a radio station to meet his cousin Glen, who was also an aviation enthousiast, like me. I liked Glen right away, the guy had such a great soul. We then had the rare chance, a few years later, to train together on a commercial DC-9 airline simulator in Dorval (yup, Randy was in there too) where Glen commented that I was a "natural" at flying; High praise from this veteran pilot warmed this greenhorn's heart and remains a fantastic memory. My condoleances to all his family and friends. Rest in Peace, mon ami, and Blue Skies... Daniel - Posted by: Daniel Rivard ((friend of cousin Randy, in Montreal)) on: Nov 02, 2020

  • How our paths inter-connect! I met Glenn first when I was to do a count of waterfowl at Oak Hammock Marsh. Glenn was my pilot. After weaving in and out of thousands of geese and ducks, Glenn asked, "Is this crazy or what?" We flew home immediately. Then in my role with CJNU I met and appreciated all that has been said above about Glenn. Gone too soon, sorely missed. Well done thou good and faithful servant! - Posted by: Ross Thompson (Clooeague) on: Oct 31, 2020

  • Ann and family, my deepest sympathy. I just learned of Glen's passing as I was coming home from Alberta. Glen was a good friend and we enjoyed many great B.S. sessions and breakfasts at the Sals. His remarkable memory and knowledge of almost everything was a treasure I will always cherish. I will miss his goofy emails and phone calls. - Posted by: Larry Brown (friend and worked on various nostalgia stations with Glen) on: Oct 31, 2020

  • I was saddened to learn of Glen’s passing. I worked alongside him for several years at CJOB as his newsreader. He was easy to work with and always had a positive outlook. And what a great voice! Glen was a true professional. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. - Posted by: Frank Stirk (Worked with Glen at CJOB.) on: Oct 29, 2020

  • Ann, I'm so sorry, I just learned of Glen's passing. He was a wonderful man with a great sense of humour. He always spoke of you with such affection and pride. I enjoyed our conversations of cadets, planes and broadcast radio. He will be missed but not forgotten. My thoughts are with you. - Posted by: Francois Arseneault (Friend) on: Oct 27, 2020

  • Ann and family, Doris and I were shocked to hear of Glenn's passing. It brought back a lot of memories of days when I worked with him, and a few adventures as well. I can still hear in my mind that made-for-broadcasting voice and laughter. Please accept our condolences. - Posted by: Nelson and Doris Gietz (Coworker/friend) on: Oct 27, 2020

  • Sincere condolences to the Miller family. Glen was always the consummate pro and respected. I had the pleasure of working with Glen at CJOB. Glen always had a story or comment to share...and he would do so with passion. So proud to have worked with Glen... treasured memories‼️ ~ Ron & Cyndee Hill, Abbotsford, BC. - Posted by: Ron Hill (Friend and broadcast colleague) on: Oct 26, 2020

  • Many thoughts of times working together at CJOB. Glenn was a true professional but easy to work with as we also had much fun together on those many shifts together. - Posted by: Brian Barkley (Former co-worker / friend) on: Oct 26, 2020

  • Our deepest condolences to Glen's family. I will always remember his confidence and sense of humour. He was very passionate about life and family. May God grant him eternal rest. Robert and Alicia Holland - Posted by: Robert Holland (Former co-worker) on: Oct 26, 2020

  • Sincere condolences to Glen’s family and friends. He and I worked together at CJOB, and even flew together a few times. I always enjoyed our time together. Glen will be missed. - Posted by: Eric Turner (Friend and colleague ) on: Oct 26, 2020

  • Sending my condolences to Anne and family on the passing of husband, father and grandfather Glenn. - Posted by: Joanne Brisson (Friend and co-worker of Ann) on: Oct 25, 2020

  • Our Sincere condolences, Ann and family. We both have fond memories of Glenn as a lively and challenging person. Thoughts and prayers. Marcel & Patricia - Posted by: MARCEL GAUTHIER (former co-worker to Ann) on: Oct 25, 2020

  • Sincere condolences to Ann and family on your loss. My father, Richard (Dick) Dagg, spent many enjoyable hours flying in Glen's company and I know my parents considered you both to be good friends. - Posted by: Brian Dagg (Son of Glen's friend Dick Dagg) on: Oct 24, 2020

  • Condolences to you Ann, Kelly, Kerri and families. We are saddened to hear of the passing of Glen. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all thru this difficult time. Linda & Rudy - Posted by: Linda & Rudy Fast (brother / sister in-law) on: Oct 24, 2020

  • Sorry for your loss Anliese and family. Glen was a funny guy! - Posted by: Cheryl (Ex sister in law) on: Oct 24, 2020

  • Fantastic, Glen & Ann, very nice vacation, with great company. A holiday to remember. - Posted by: Wayne (Tiny) Zeemel (Friend) on: Oct 24, 2020

  • We are deeply saddened by Glen's passing. You are in our thoughts. - Posted by: Ron and Vonda Derksen (Friends) on: Oct 24, 2020

  • My mom is great full for all the well wishes and the outpouring of love our whole family has received throughout this time. I’m so proud of the strength mom has shown as his passing was quite sudden and none of us were really ready to accept this fate. He is resting peacefully, surrounded by his records and cockpit gauges. Love you dad. Kel - Posted by: Kelly Dust (Daughter) on: Oct 24, 2020

  • So sorry to read about Glens passing. He and my late husband Gunter used to have many conversations. I enjoyed listening to him on the radio. He had a soothing voice. Condolences to Ann and her family. Rest in Peace Heather Wenzel - Posted by: Heather Wenzel (Friend) on: Oct 24, 2020

  • We were shocked to hear of Glen's passing. Out condolences to you Ann and all your family. We have many fond memories of getting together with you two. Roger and Glen had the same passions back then. Take care. Our thoughts are with you. Irene and Roger - Posted by: Roger Matas and Irene White (Friend) on: Oct 24, 2020

  • Sincerest condolences to the Miller family. Glen was a friend through broadcasting, having worked together in the industry. Our common love of aviation extended that friendship. I will cherish those memories. RIP ole friend - Posted by: Willy Cole (Friend) on: Oct 24, 2020

  • I wish to express the condolences on behalf of the Deally family, Glen and Don Sr go back a very long time, as did Pat and Ann. Ann, sorry for your loss. Don Deally Jr and Family - Posted by: Don Deally Jr. (Son of Glen’s friend Don Deally Sr.) on: Oct 24, 2020

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