From Sandy's post on CML Support UK
I am sorry to inform you that Zavie Miller died yesterday from complications after a stroke some 8 months ago.
Zavie was an indomitable personality and will be missed by many in the wider global CML community.
We send our deepest sympathy and condolances to his wife Ida and his two daughters Mara and Sandy from all at the CML Support Group.
It is with profound sorrow and deep regret that we must inform you all that Zavie peacefully drew his final breath and closed his eyes for the last time on January 9th, 2012 at 15:21 with his wife and daughters at his side.
Ida, Mara and Sandy are deeply distraught and will be unreachable while arrangements are being made over the next few days.
Zavie's girls, Ida, Mara and Sandy
MILLER, Zavie. On Monday, January 9 2012, in his seventy-fourth year, Zavie closed his eyes for the last time with his girls by his side, after a courageous and determined 8 month battle. Beloved husband and life partner of Ida for forty-five years, treasured father to Mara and Sandra Miller, cherished brother of Joyce Miller and lifelong friend to many. Predeceased by his father Samuel Miller, mother Dora Miller (née Fefergrad) and brother Lionel Miller. Zavie was an unfailingly devoted husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. He touched the lives of countless people through his kindness, his photography, his calligraphy, his involvement with the PCG and the NGC, the SOGH and his work with Zavie's Zero Club which supports and advocates for members of the CML community worldwide. His zany sense of humour, fierce love and respect for life are a legacy that will remain in our hearts forever. Zavie's girls would like to thank all the friends and family who have
been by our side throughout every step of this journey.
I have not been on the computer for a few days, and I just got the sad news about our Zavie. I was #293 in Zavie's Zero Club. My prayers go out for Ida and his family, as its always harder on the ones who are left behind.
They are asking that everyone have a moment of silence at 1:00 on Jan. 12th. I am assuming that is the day of his funeral. I have no details, and just going by what I have found out by others. I think that would be a great memorial to him for a lot of us who have never met him, and only knew him through the discussion boards.
How sad One of the things I remember about being diagnosed and reading about other people's journeys was really hoping that one day I would get a Zavie's Zero Club number.
You can post a public (or private) message to Zavie's family here: http://www.paperman.com/en/funerals/2012-1-12-Zavie--Miller
A lovely man who did so much to bring hope to so many people. His 'Yahoo Yippee!' whenever another person made it to CCR always made my day. If anyone has the necessary IT skills, and if his family approved, it would be wonderful if someone could set up a memorial website that continued to issue his numbers.
I am so tremendously sad to read this news! Zavie was a true inspiration and an amazing ambassador in the CML world. I well remember his warm welcome when I joined this crazy world and his support when the rug pulled out from under me., and then his joy when I finally became a member of his zero club. What an incredible human being. I will light a candle and say prayers for him.
Zavie was most definitely #1 in so many ways, but many people don't know that he was actually #102 in his own club. What that means is that he was celebrating and encouraging the success of others well BEFORE he managed to achieve CCR himself, which is truly awesome. I will be thinking of him at 5pm UK time today (1pm EST) along with so many others around the world.
Although I did not know Zavie personally-- I felt as though I did. His update for "Our Chat"-- and the wonderful pictures he would send with his update allowed one to live vicariously through his life and camera lense. He is sorely missed! What a wonderful man. ZAVIE- YOU ROCK! Thank you for all that you have done to encourage all those stricken with CML.