Late state legislator for Shelton remembered as ‘friendly, kind and compassionate’

A fellow legislator is remembering state Rep. Larry Miller’s love of jazz and his “tenacity and bravery” while facing serious health issues.

Miller, whose multi-town district included a part of Shelton, died over the weekend at age 78. The Stratford Republican had served in the state legislature since 1991.

State Sen. Toni Boucher, a Republican from Wilton who previously has served in the state House of Representatives with Rep. Miller, said she and her late legislative colleague had “shared many happy and difficult times together” during the past two decades.

Promoted celebration for jazz great

“Larry was not only a trusted colleague, but also a close friend,” Boucher said. “He often shared with me his love of jazz and of musician Dave Brubeck, who lived in Wilton. Larry thought Wilton should have a birthday party for Dave on Dave’s 80th birthday.

“And, of course, we did!” Boucher said in a statement released after Rep. Miller’s death. “We had a wonderful celebration of Dave Brubeck’s historic musical accomplishments, thanks to Larry.”

Boucher said Miller also “fought for affordable housing reforms that were balanced and thoughtful. His respect for working families and for the state that he loved was ever present.”

‘Friendly, kind and compassionate’

Boucher noted that Miller was popular with colleagues on both sides of the aisle.

“Everyone loved Larry — no matter the politics or the point of view,” she said. “He was the most friendly, kind and compassionate person one could ever meet. It has been an honor to have served with him.”

‘Tenacity and bravery’

Boucher also touched on Miller’s health challenges.

“The public may not know this, but Larry’s dedication to do his duty for the families he represented was nothing short of heroic during his long personal battle to overcome serious illness,” she said.

“I was in awe of his tenacity and bravery during circumstances that could have weakened any ordinary person,” Boucher said.