Perillo recalls Rep. Larry Miller’s dedication and determination

State Rep. Jason Perillo of Shelton is fondly remembering his colleague Larry Miller, who died over the weekend.

Rep. Miller, 78, had represented a part of Shelton in the state legislature since 1991. Miller lived in Stratford, one of the three towns in his 122nd District.

“I had the fortune of working with Larry on many issues that impacted Shelton,” Perillo said. “He really cared about people and he took his service very seriously.”

Dedication to serving

Perillo relayed a story that highlighted Miller’s dedication to public service and willingness to serve his district despite his declining health.

“A few months ago, when Larry was really quite ill, he was at the Capitol working on a few projects,” Perillo said. “I told him he should be home resting and that I would handle any Shelton issues he had on his plate.

“He told me very matter-of-factly, ‘This is my job and I need to be here.’ You don’t often see that kind of dedication in the face of adversity,” said Perillo, who was first elected to represent the 113th District in 2007.

Miller died May 31 from cancer.

‘He loved serving the people’

Mildred Miller, Larry’s wife, described her late husband as a good person who never disliked anyone, was compassionate, always smiled, and will be remembered for his kindness.

While family was the most important thing in life to Miller, according to his wife, when it came to activities or work, “Politics was his everything,” she said. “He just loved it. He loved serving the people.”

Supported stem cell research

One of the most important issues to Rep. Miller was fighting for the allowance of the use of human stem cell in medical research, his widow said. He had stem cell transplants twice during his 16-year fight with multiple myeloma cancer.

Before being elected to the state legislature in 1990, Miller served in a number of elected positions in Stratford town government. In addition to Shelton and Stratford, his legislative district includes a small part of Trumbull.

A funeral service for Miller will be private, said Mildred Miller. The date had not been determined as of the afternoon of June 2.