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. \u201cI had the fortune of working with Larry on many issues that impacted Shelton,\u201d Perillo said. \u201cHe really cared about people and he took his service very seriously.\u201d Dedication to serving Perillo relayed a story that highlighted Miller\u2019s dedication to public service and willingness to serve his district despite his declining health. \u201cA few months ago, when Larry was really quite ill, he was at the Capitol working on a few projects,\u201d Perillo said. \u201cI told him he should be home resting and that I would handle any Shelton issues he had on his plate. \u201cHe told me very matter-of-factly, \u2018This is my job and I need to be here.\u2019 You don\u2019t often see that kind of dedication in the face of adversity,\u201d said Perillo, who was first elected to represent the 113th District in 2007. Miller died May 31 from cancer. \u2018He loved serving the people\u2019 Mildred Miller, Larry\u2019s 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, \u201cPolitics was his everything,\u201d she said. \u201cHe just loved it. He loved serving the people.\u201d 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.