Michael G.  Miles

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GUILFORD - Michael G. Miles, 66, of Guilford, passed away Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Hospital in New York, following a nine-year battle with his cancers.
Mike was born in Sidney on Dec. 22, 1952, the son of Gordon and Elma (Hartwell) Miles.
He attended school in Mount Upton, Catskill and Sidney and graduated from Mount Upton Central School with the Class of 1971.
He furthered his studies at Delhi College. Soon after, Mike entered the United States Air Force serving his country from 1972 until his honorable discharge in 1973 at which point he entered the Air National Guard until his discharge in 1979.
On Aug. 31, 1974, he married Barbara Hart.
Over the years Mike worked as a truck mechanic and driver for several area firms beginning with Hills, Wadhams and Charles Husteds. After traveling the 48 states, as an owner-operator, logging with Bob Harris and Fred Zachow, maintenance for R&L Log Homes and Valley Nursery Mike was employed by Howard's Express as a driver for several years.
Due to health issues he returned to college, earned his associate degree and was hired by the NY State Division of Homeland Security, where he worked in the office of Fire Prevention and Control.
Mike was very proud to serve on the Material Review Committees for Pumping and Aerial Apparatus Driver/Operator Handbooks for the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA).
Mike was also involved with his community serving on the Guilford Town Board, Borden Hose Co. (Mount Upton Rockdale F.D.), Chenango Fire Chiefs Association and Mount Upton American Legion. He was a member of the Rockdale Rod and Gun Club, Sidney Boat Club, Guilford Historical Society, and Mount Upton United Methodist Church.
In his leisure time he enjoyed barbecuing, building with wood, bowling, softball, hunting, boating, fishing, taking an occasional cruise with Barb, RVing, and his beloved dog, Buddy.
Mike is survived by his wife, Barbara of Guilford; his daughters, Heather (Jeremy) Pain of Mount Upton, Gretchen (Kenneth Jr.) Hubbard of Whitehall, Pennsylvania; and his two grandchildren, Madeline and Noah Pain. Also surviving are his brothers, Monte (Ruth) Miles of Kennedy, Martin (Sharon) Miles of Guilford, Max (Marcy) Miles of Jamestown, Mark (Rita) Miles of Mount Upton and Gordon Miles of Houston, Texas and his half-sister, Michelle Miles of Athens; stepmother, Judy Miles of Scottsdale, Arizona; aunt, Mary Clark; uncle Jr. Hartwell; several nieces, nephews and many cousins. Friends and family may call at the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home in Norwich from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday. A funeral service for Mike will be held at 11 a.m, Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Mount Upton, United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in the Maplewood Cemetery of Mount Upton
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mike's memory to the Mount Upton United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 199, Mt. Upton, NY 13809, Borden Hose Co., P.O. Box 197, Mt. Upton, NY 13809, or Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Office of Development at P.O. Box 27106, New York, NY 10087 (checks made out to Memorial Sloan Kettering, Michael Miles in the memo line).
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Published on September 4, 2019
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2 posts

Charlotte Fuller
Sep 05, 2019
My prayers and thoughts are with Mike's family. He was a very strong person to have battled ill health for so long. May he rest in peace
Laurene Vosburgh
Sep 05, 2019
I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. It is always a difficult time but hold on to the wonderful memories you have with your husband, father and grandfather.