- May 19, 2014
- Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
of Samuel's Passing
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“my thoughts and prayers go out to all of sam's family and friends. i had not seen him since UD, but he was by far the best looking guy in his class....Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: cindy roessel - hockessin, DE
“My thoughts and prayers are with your family today. Sam was one of the first guys I met when I arrived at Delaware as a freshman, and I will always...Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: John Campo - Arendtsville, PA
“I will be there with you in spirit today, I am so sorry that I cannot be with you in person. I will always cherish my memories of Sam. You and your...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: Ashley Schlobach - Wilmington, DE
“Sam, I knew you growing up. We were all athletic, but you took it much farther, I knew you always as a 1st class person. You had kind words for...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: Skip Watts - Newark, DE
“I am 51. As a child before you could buy jerseys like today, I made a #89; my parents had a statue of a UD football player with #89 made for my room....Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: David Dworsky - Newark, DE - Fan
“Though I had not seen Sam since his college days,I reached out to him after he was inducted in to the UD Hall of Fame and we shared a few emails. I...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Steve Tull - Felton, DE
“All the wonderful memories are locked in your heart forever.
You lost your dad and now your best friend and husband. So much sorrow for such a...Read More »
7 of 23 | Posted by: Jo Ann and Dick Pitcock - PA
“Dear Miller family, I remember Sam from high school and he was always such a pleasant and happy person who made everyone around him feel the same way...Read More »
8 of 23 | Posted by: janice bartosh thompson - DE
“What a great guy Sam Miller was..great smile, fabulous personality,unbelievable spirit and "grit". Heaven has really gained a truly wonderful man who...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: A friend
“I haven't seen you in many years, Sam, but will never forget your dominance on the field and your laughter at the beach! RIP my friend. They simply...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: Micky Johnson - West Dundee, IL
“Patti and family ~ you are in our thoughts and prayers, now and in the days ahead.
As always, with love ~
11 of 23 | Posted by: Ruthi Adams Joseph - Millsboro, DE
“Cristi, Happy memories of years ago when we were pleased to be included in Sam's first dinner party invitation to the Chastain household ... It still...Read More »
12 of 23 | Posted by: Sheila and Tony Cattell - PA
“I know we never lose the people we love. They live the rest of our lives with us in our heart. -(Author Unknown)We were so lucky to have known Sam...Read More »
13 of 23 | Posted by: Debbie Cattell - Nazareth, PA
“Dear Cristi - Your strong, loving partnership with Sam will help you through these sad days. My thoughts are with you, and all your family. ...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: Edie - Paradise Valley, PA
“Rest in peace Sam. I had not seen you for many years, but you and all of my brother Jack's UD friends were always a welcome presence at our home in...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: Amy Royal - Seaford, DE
“Sam shared joy and laughter and I am so blessed to have known him. He and Cristi were an inspiration to many...True Love really does exist! I will...Read More »
16 of 23 | Posted by: Kim Emerson-Byers - Schwenksville, PA
“Though it has been a few summers since seeing Sam's smile, I hope this next journey will bring him as much light & laughter as me enjoyed on earth. ...Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: Linda Watjen - Hockessin, DE
“Sam,I have only known you for a short time, but everytime you came into our office you always had a smile on your face and you would make me laugh. I...Read More »
18 of 23 | Posted by: Phyllis West - Wilmington, DE
“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time.
19 of 23 | Posted by: Beth Wilson - Rehoboth Beach, DE
“Sammy Miller was the nicest and coolest of cool. He always had a smile on his face and had something to laugh about! He was a legend in Dewey and...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: Valerie Webb Rice - Naples, FL
“It was a great honor to know Sam Miller. I will regret not knowing him better.
21 of 23 | Posted by: George Thomas - Townsend, DE
“Dear Charlotte, Debbie, Cindy, and Patty
We are all sadden to learn of Sam's passing.
We will always remember his big "Miller" smile whenever
we...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: Robby Hutchison - Middletown, DE
“Christi, My deepest sympathies to the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
23 of 23 | Posted by: Shawn Mccraghan Firman - stuart, FL
Samuel B. Miller
Delaware lost one of its favorite sons on May 19, 2014. Sam Miller passed away peacefully at home at the age of 60 surrounded by his family.
Sam was raised in Middletown where, among other sports, he excelled at football. Although Sam received athletic as well as academic recognition in the way of scholarship offers from Universities throughout the country, Sam decided to keep his homegrown talents in Delaware and attended the University of Delaware.
According to UD, Sam was one of the most dominating defensive linemen in UD football history and led the squad to two NCAA Tournament appearances as a three-year starter. He earned All-American notice four times and also earned CoSIDA Academic All-American honors. He earned All East honors three straight years and remains the only down lineman in UD history to lead the squad in tackles for an entire season in addition to once holding a record ten quarterback sacks. A Newark and Wilmington Touchdown Club Outstanding Senior Defensive Player Award recipient, he graduated as Delaware's leading career tackler and still ranks number two all-time among players who spent their entire careers as a lineman.
After graduating with a degree in history from University of Delaware in 1976, Sam earned his law degree from Widener University School of Law in 1981 and for the past 30 years has worked as an investment banker in public finance. Most recently, Sam has been active as Managing Director in the Capital Markets Group at Piper Jaffray,
Sam was inducted into the DE Athletics Hall of Fame in November 2013. He was also recently honored when Middletown Mayor and Council proclaimed January 1, 2014 "Sam Miller Day" during the annual Hummers Day Parade.
Sam gave invaluable joy and kindness to all who knew him and lived into the philosophy that the value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.
His father Evan F. "Dutch" Miller preceded Sam in death. He is survived by his wife, Cristi and his mother Charlotte, sisters; Debbie Heverin, Cindy Craig, Patty (Jay) Prettyman, his mother in law Barbara Chastain, his brother in law Curt (Kristen) Chastain and numerous nieces and nephews.
Sam's memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm at Bible Fellowship Church of Newark, 808 Old Baltimore Pike, Newark, DE. A reception with light refreshments will be served immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: University of Delaware Athletic Fund, Bob Carpenter Center, 631 South College Ave, Room 239, Newark, DE 19716. Please make checks payable to "University of Delaware", and include on the memo line "In Memory of Sam Miller" as a fund is being established in his name to assist student athletes.