1922 – 2014
BRIDGTON — Donald E. Miller, “The Candy Man,” 92, of Bridgton, formerly of Durham, passed away at the Bridgton Health & Residential Care Center on, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014.
He was born on Feb. 11, 1922 in Durham, a son of Edward and Flora (Kelsey) Miller. Donald grew up in Durham and attended Lisbon High School.
During his earlier years of employment, he worked for A & P Groceries, the mill in Lisbon Falls, learning carpentry and using it in remodeling and building his home. Later in life, Don “The Candy Man” had a great business out of his home, “Don’s Candy Corner,” which he opened in 1951 selling his homemade chocolate, jellies and jams for more than 63 years and expanded in 1991 with Wee Gift Shop after he married Gertrude. This gave Don the freedom to vendor at several Maine State fairs and craft fairs, setting up his candies, cotton candy and snow cones all over New England and several local campgrounds for 35 years.
Don loved to travel with his loved ones all over the world visiting Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Europe and other countries and states. He visited his favorite destination, Hawaii, several times.
He married his first wife, Edith Macalaster, on Sept. 5, 1948, at Shiloh Chapel in Durham. They had two children, David and Dawn.
After Edith’s death in March 1985, he married a fellow crafter, whom he and Edith had known for years, Gertrude Witham from New Gloucester, on Dec. 29, 1990.
Donald is survived by his wife, Gertrude (Jean) Miller of Bridgton; his two children, David Miller of Sabattus and Dawn Johnson of Bow, N.H.; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Eunice Anderson; and extended family of the Schwalm’s and Thurlow’s.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Edith Miller; a brother, Samuel Miller; a sister, Dorothea Miller; and a great grandson, Caleb.
Don will be greatly missed by his family, friends and his animals, Princess and Keesha.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.chandlerfunerals.com.