by CNBNEWS STAFF
Harry Miller Jr., of Kitakyushu City, Japan died August 19, 2012 from lung cancer. He was 75 years old.
A former resident of Gloucester City NJ, Hank was the author of the semi-weekly CNBNEWS column When East Meets West which featured stories about the customs of Japan. He began writing the column for CNBNews in 2007 and continued to write it until two months before he died. He was also the founder of Miller English School of Japan.
Mr. Miller graduated from St. Mary’s Grammar School and was a member of St. Mary’s Parish, both in Gloucester City. Hank joined the Navy at age 17 when the the Korean War started. According to his sister Roni Arrera after being discharged from the Navy he worked as an advisor for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Vietnam.
He is survived by his wife Keiko, sons Luke and Max, a daughter Rachel, a grandson Kenji Michael Miller, sister Roni Arrera, of Buena, NJ. He was predeceased by his father Harry Miller Sr., his mother, Marie (nee Barron) Miller, Glennan, his brother, Joseph E. Miller, all of Gloucester City NJ, and his sister Rose Fisher, Collins from Westville NJ.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held in his hometown of Kitakyushu City. Interment was private.
“Hank contacted me shortly after CNBNews was launched in 2006”, said Bill Cleary the owner of CNBNews. “He offered to write a columnn about life in Japan and wanted to know if I would be interested in it? I was happy to have his help. I was good friends with his brother Joe. And I knew many of his cousins who lived in Gloucester City such as the Barron and Mitchell families. The fact that a guy from Gloucester City was reaching out from Japan to help me says a lot about the closeness of Gloucester City residents. Over the course of the last five years I got together with Hank on two occasions when he came to visit his Gloucester City family. We will have a follow up story about his fascinating life in a few weeks. Hank was very proud of his children, his two sons were U.S. Marines both of who served tours in the Iraq and Afganistan Wars. Connie and I would like to offer our condolences to his family and relatives especially his wife Keiko, children Luke, Max and Rachel, and his sister Ronnie.”