John XXIII High School

Andrew John Miller


Graduating Class: 1976/J23
Date of Birth: November 10, 1959
Date of Death: September 4, 2009

Andrew John Miller of Pointe Claire, Quebec, died suddenly the evening of September 4th, 2009, of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, leaving behind his wife of eighteen years, Kate Orland Bere, and their children Maddi Miller, Spenser Miller of Pointe Claire, and Jason and Amy Stanbury of Brucefield, Ontario. Andrew was born at Lachine General Hospital on November 10th, 1959, and lived in Dorval until he was almost four, moving to Burnaby, B.C.; Fort William, Ontario, and back to Dorval at age 13 where he graduated from JXXIII in 1976. After a year of CEGEP, Andrew moved with his family to North Vancouver, and his extensive studies and research in the literary field took him to many places in Canada and the United States. An associate professor of English Literature at Universite de Montreal, Andrew was a scholar of the Modernist period and a published author.

Known for his eccentric wit, and the sheer breadth and depth of his knowledge, Andrew never failed to astound and amaze those who were drawn into his orbit. As a father and as a husband, as a son and as a brother, as a friend and as a colleague--Andrew was second to none. He loved his family deeply and sacrificed a great deal for them. Andrew shared the many joys of his existence-books, poetry, thought, music, film, wine et al-with those he loved, and with many who shared those self-same loves. Andrew was an anomaly, a true force of nature, with a mind that dazzled with its exceptional brilliance. He was the wittiest of men, and yet the most gentle. For this and for the countless ways he demonstrated his love & deep engagement with the world of ideas, we will always love him, and forever miss him. We will carry Andrew's memory forward with pride, knowing how fortunate we were to share his journey. Andrew leaves behind also his parents in North Vancouver, George and Arlene Miller, his sister Lisa Grant and brother-in-law Don of Comox B.C., their children Katy, Gill, Jon, Charlotte and Mary, his brother Doug and wife Helen of Ottawa, and their children Alanna, Sean, and baby Viggo, and his brother Rob, also of North Vancouver.

Andrew was so happy to be back in his beloved Montreal, and celebrated his 1667 ancestral French roots to Ile d'Orleans near Quebec City, his Irish roots to Montreal in 1824 and then Cookstown Onario in 1825, and other Slovakian, Scottish, Finnish, and Swedish roots traced back in one line for over 2400 years.

From the Universite de Montreal: The Department d'etudes anglaise mourns the loss of professor and colleague Andrew John Miller. Seeking solace, we celebrate Andrew's distinguished literary career as a scholar of literary modernity and express our collective appreciation for his intellectual generosity and his spirit of collaboration. Educated at the University of B.C. (B.A.), Queen's University (M.A.), and Duke University (Ph.D.), Andrew Miller wrote his dissertation on "World Wide Nations: Modernist Poetry in Transnational Perspective." Before accepting a tenure-track position in our department in 2001, he taught as Visiting Assistant Professor at Missouri (Columbia), Whitman College, and the University of Tulsa.