Ronald A. Miller, age 76, of Middletown, died Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, MA. Ronald was born January 7, 1941 in Chicago, IL, the son of the late Allen and the late Mattie (Boyd) Miller. He was married to Dolores “Foo Foo” Lombard who predeceased him in 1982.
Mr. Miller led a life dedicated to supporting his community. He was a founding member of the Black Freedom Movement in the 1960s – a group that fought against racial discrimination and police brutality. He served as Executive Director of New Visions for Newport County for 11 years and in various roles at Citizens for Citizens, Inc. in Fall River, MA.
He had a passion for football and coached youth football for over 40 years including Newport Pop Warner, Portsmouth High School and for the last 11 years at St. Georges School in Middletown. While at St. Georges, he helped lead the JV team to an undefeated season in 2014 and the varsity team to an ISL championship in 2015. Even more than coaching, Ron enjoyed witnessing the success of his student-athlete friends beyond football.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Derek and Keri Miller of Fall River, MA; son Keith Miller of Boston; and daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda and Eugene Bryant also of Boston.
He was the proud grandfather of eight – Akeia, Justine, Ashley, Jasmine, Marisa, Christian, Adrien and Geanna and great-grandfather to Elijah. He also leaves to mourn countless nieces, nephews and friends.
He was predeceased by his seven siblings: Mary Jane Beach, Vivian Tucker, Ruth Slaughter, Geraldine McCall, Gerald Watson, Josephine Whitley and Donald Watson.
Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, July 1, 2017, from 10:00-11:30am, at the Mt. Zion AME Church, Van Zandt Avenue, Newport, RI, followed by a celebration of his life at 12:00pm in the church.
His burial services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his memory may be made to The Ronald A. Miller Student Athlete Scholarship Fund at The Peoples Credit Union, 858 West Main Road, Middletown, RI 02842.