Mendell MILLER

Mendell Edward Miller, affectionately known as Del, passed away suddenly in 2023. He was born in 1935 and grew up in Vancouver. Del was preceded in death by his beloved wife Catherine, with whom he enjoyed a blissful 61-year marriage. He is survived by his daughter Nadine, son-in-law Bjarne, granddaughter Catherine, and great-granddaughter Wren. Del will also be fondly remembered by his sister-in-law Ruth and brother-in-law David, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and their families.

Del and Cathy were renowned for hosting joyous gatherings at their home, always finding a reason to celebrate. They were warm, welcoming hosts who created countless cherished memories for their loved ones. Together, they explored the world through their extensive travels and enjoyed their boating adventures, with a second home on the Sunshine Coast. Del’s passion for cars was ignited when he saved money from various jobs as a young man to purchase his very own 57 Thunderbird.

Having entered the family jewelry business, Del soon became part of the downtown business community. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to venture into retail home electronics, showcasing his fascination with new technologies. In the late 1960s, he established the first of his 26 Millers stores across Canada, later acquired by Sony. Del also introduced a unique kitchenware department to one of the Vancouver locations, expanding the range of imported goods.

Del’s innovative spirit continued as he opened CASA on Howe Street, a hub for those seeking distinctive home decor and related items. Eventually, CASA was acquired by Villeroy and Boch. He went on to establish CASA decor and an art publishing business in Vancouver’s Armoury design district, retiring from the retail industry in 2014. Del was not only an electronic whiz, contributing to the development of products for prestigious companies such as Texas Instruments and Pan Am Airlines, but he also played a pivotal role in designing and developing one of the first digital watches for Omega of Switzerland. Additionally, Del excelled as a prolific artist, showcasing his creativity in his spare time.

However, it is Del’s kind-hearted nature, wisdom, and ever-present smile that will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew him. He will be greatly missed by all. The family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Tosefsky, the nurses, caregivers, and staff at the care home, as well as the Williamson family for their unwavering friendship and support throughout Del’s life.

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