Benny Joe Miller, 70, passed away at his home surrounded by his family on February 22, 2021. He was a resident of North Reading, MA for 35 years.Born June 3, 1950 in Great Ben, KS and grew up in Burdett, KS. , He was the son of the late Ralph Dale Miller and Elizabeth Jean Commer of Burdett, Kansas.Ben graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Psychology, Kansas University with a degree in Physical Therapy and the University of Washington with a Master’s in Exercise Science. Ben lived in New Hampshire for two years, Alaska for five years and Washington State for seven years before moving to Massachusetts in 1987.Ben retired in 2016 from Northeastern University as the Director of Sports Medicine. He cared for student athletes, mentored staff, taught and supervised students and covered many sports teams as a physical therapist/athletic trainer including Men’s Ice Hockey for 17 years, Men’s and Women’s Rowing for 30 years, Football, Men’s and Women’s Soccor, Women’s Volleyball, Women’s Basketball, Softball and Baseball.Ben loved to spend time with his family, especially his granddaughter who brought him great joy. He loved to travel, garden, hike, kayak, cross-country ski, sail and work on improvement home projects. Ben continued to be active even after he became ill through the Spaulding Adaptive Sports Program. Ben is survived by his wife Brenda Hyland-Miller of 41 years. He is also survived by his children Benjamin Miller and partner Avital Livny, Meredith Miller and wife Bethany Ferriera, his granddaughter Alexandra Ferriera, his sister Debbie Weldon and husband Anthony Weldon, sister-in-law Debra Miller and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother James Miller and niece Katrina Fox. All services for Ben are being privately held due to the Covid Pandemic. In Lieu of flowers please consider a donation in support of brain cancer research. Donations can be made in his memory to either; Spaulding Adaptive Sports at https://giving.spauldingrehab.org/ or MGH Development Office. Att: Heidi Bergmeyer Brain Cancer Research Fund of Dr. Jorg Dietrick, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston MA 02114-1101.
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