Tribute to Norwich man Leonard Miller who loved life and table tennis

Leonard Miller. Picture: ROS GRINT

Leonard Miller. Picture: ROS GRINT - Credit: Archant

Leonard Miller, who lived in Taverham and Norwich, has died aged 86. He is survived by his wife, Jean, and their seven children. He will be remembered as a caring gentleman with a passion for table tennis.

Leonard Miller. Picture: ROS GRINT

Leonard Miller. Picture: ROS GRINT - Credit: Archant

Ros Grint, one of his daughters, said her father would be sorely missed.

She said: 'After he retired he used to volunteer to pick people up and take them to hospital for their appointments. The he would wait around until they had finished and take them home again. That was the sort of person he was. He would do anything for anybody.'

Mr Miller was born in Neatishead, near Horning, and he lived in Turner Road in Norwich, then Taverham, and later in Hooper Lane in the north of the city.

After leaving school he worked at the gas works on Gas Hill, but he spent most of his career as an auditor for Dewhurst Butchers, a job which took him across the country.

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In his spare time, Mr Miller liked nothing better than a game of table tennis.

Ms Grint said: 'He absolutely loved it and his life revolved around it. His job took him all around, but he would travel back midweek 200 miles or more just to play table tennis. He was an extremely good player as well.'

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As well as being a regular player for the Norwich Church of England Young Men's Society (CEYMS) and YMCA, Mr Miller helped run their table tennis clubs and held roles including treasurer and secretary.

He also organised table tennis tournaments at the UEA and raised money for Priscilla Bacon Lodge palliative care centre in Unthank Road by running a stall at fetes.

The former Miller Centre in Bignold Road, Norwich, was named after Mr Miller in recognition of his dedication to the sport.

Ms Grint said: 'They named it after him as a way of saying thank you for all the work he had put in over the years. He did a lot for the clubs and he was really well respected.'

Mr Miller's funeral will be at St Faith's Crematorium on January 26 at 1.15pm. Flowers can be sent to George Bush Funeral Home.

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