Jack Miller passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 24th. He was born on November 24, 1923 to Yetta and Bernard Miller in Galveston. Jack was extremely proud to be a B.O.I. (Born on the Island). Jack loved Galveston and with the exception of attending the University of Texas at Austin and serving in the Army during World War II, he lived on the Island his entire life.
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Jack was predeceased by the love of his life, Gertie, in 2003. They were happily married for almost 60 years. Jack is survived by his children, Shellie & Jeff Lewis, Cindy & Larry Nale and Wayne and Fanny Miller; his grandchildren, Jason & Julie Lewis, Jennifer & Darren Rose, Benjamin Nale, Sarah Nale, Hannah Newman & Jake Miller; and his great-grandchildren, Jordan Lewis and Maverick Rose. Jack had two sisters Myrtle Gerbert, who passed away in February of this year, and Joy Weiss, who currently lives in Austin, TX. Jack is also survived by his sister-in-law Rosalie Goldberg, many nieces and nephews and many dear friends.
Jack managed the family business, Schreiber & Miller Furniture Company for over 40 years. He participated in and was a leader in many community service organizations, including the Salvation Army, Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, United Way, United Fund and St. Mary’s Hospital. He was recognized for his profound work in the areas of equality and justice by receiving the Henry Cohen Humanitarian Award in 1985; and along with Gertie, the Anti-Defamation League Torch of Liberty Award in 1990, for his lifelong commitment to preserving liberty, counteracting bigotry and advancing the cause of human rights.
A man of strong faith, Jack served on the Board of Directors of Congregation Beth Jacob, the Board of the Galveston County Jewish Welfare Association and the Board of Directors of Galveston’s B’nai B’rith.
Jack was one of the founding members of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Galveston (now Hometown Bank), and proudly served as its Chairman of the Board for 15 years.
A graveside service will be held at Congregation Beth Jacob Cemetery, 61st and T1/2, on Tuesday, August 26th at 2:00 pm, with Rabbi Adrian Scott and Rabbi Todd Doctor officiating. Pallbearers are his nephews, Ron Weiss, Marc Weiss, Steve Greenberg, Marty Greenberg, Rick Goldberg, Frank Goldberg, Mark Goldberg, Mitchell Levy and his dear friend Shlomo Mony Hamo. Honorary pallbearers are the Board of Directors of Hometown Bank of Galveston.
Jack’s family are very grateful to his caregivers Sadie Campbell, Archie DeClouet, Gloria Reed, Pearl Cruz, Rose Henry, Yvette Jones, and Worthy Harris for giving him comfort and love.
Family and friends have consistently played the most important role in Jack’s life, and have all benefited from his wisdom, warmth and valued counsel. He will be dearly missed.