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Miller, James (Jim) E., USAF
September 28, 1943 – December 25, 2020
James E Miller ,77, of Tampa, Florida passed away peacefully from complications associated with dementia on December 25, 2020.
Jim grew up in Freeport, NY, attended Clarkson College in Potsdam, NY where he graduated in 1965 with a degree in Chemistry. After graduation Jim joined the U.S. Air Force completing pilot training. He flew helicopter rescue missions in Vietnam for which he received the Distinguished Flying Cross. Jim went on to pilot the refueling aircraft, the KC 135. He really loved the excitement of flying and even considered becoming a commercial pilot.
Upon leaving the Air Force Jim settled in Tampa, attending USF graduating in 1978 with an Accounting degree and was a member of the Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi.
He remained in the Tampa Bay area practicing as a CPA in both Pinellas and Hillsborough counties eventually opening his own practice, James Miller, PA. He loved his work and Jim went all the way for his clients and many turned into friends. At sunrise you could often find Jim in his office overlooking his beloved Tampa Bay and Bayshore Blvd.
As a self- taught sailor, Jim sailed the Gulf of Mexico for many years. With a never- ending sense of adventure his hobbies were hiking, rock climbing, running, canoeing. In addition, Jim was an avid reader of history, biographies and investment publications. Any home repair project or renovation was Jim’s specialty. His conversation, incisiveness and sharp wit will be greatly missed.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Judy, a sister Joan of NY and a brother, Donald of Virginia.
In lieu of flowers, send donations to the Alzheimer’s association. Funeral arrangements: A virtual memorial service will be held on January 16, 2021 at Brewer & Son’s Funeral Home Tampa Location. If you would like to attend the virtual service, please contact Judy via email at email@example.com
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