A doctor who made Rugby that bit better

Dr Peter Miller worked hard for the town as a whole
Dr Peter Miller worked hard for the town as a whole

A much respected doctor from Rugby who was deeply involved in the life of the town has died from respiratory problems, aged 96.

Dr Peter Miller, who was married to former Rugby mayor Pru Miller, died on June 1.

Born in Malta, Dr Miller, also an author, founded the Rupert Brooke Centenary Committee.

One of his daughters, Anne Bickmore, said: “Our parents moved to Alma House, Albert Street in 1948, where dad was a locum before moving to Regent Street and putting up his plates as a single-handed GP.”

Dr Miller then moved to Clifton Road in 1959 where he continued to practise until his retirement in 1982. “Dad was a much-respected doctor who set up Rugby District Doctors’ Accident Service, which eventually went national,” added Anne. He served in the St John Ambulance Service and was county surgeon for Warwickshire. He was often at St Cross volunteering in its clinics when they were short staffed and was involved with the combined cadet force at Rugby School. Dad also chaired the Rupert Brooke Society and was responsible for the statue opposite our old house.”

After his retirement, Dr Miller became a councillor and was chairman of leisure and amenities, among other council duties. He was also president of the Royal Naval Association for ex-sailors and Poet Laureate for the Wroth Silver ceremony. The doctor was a keen member of Rugby Civic Society, Probus and enjoyed Rugby Music Society concerts.

Anne said: “Both our parents were involved with Rugby Twinning and went to Epinay and Russelsheim on many occasions. This led to them learning German at the Percival Guildhouse in Rugby. In 1985 dad became consort to mum in her mayoral year, enjoying, attending and supporting many civic duties.”

Former friends and patients say he cared for people as well as the community he served in. Gloria Nelson said: “He was a very caring family doctor and pleasant throughout the years after. Dr Miller was a much respected man.”

Mrs Miller died in 1996. Their other children are Sue Hill and Jay Durrant.

Dr Miller’s funeral takes place on June 16 at St Mark’s Church in Bilton at 2pm. Family flowers only. Donations in aid of Rugby First Responders. Everyone who knew the doctor is welcome.