Local philanthropist dies at 72

Frank Miller helped raise more than $825,000 for the American Cancer Society.

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A funeral Mass and burial were held Tuesday for Frank Miller, who helped raise more than $825,000 for the American Cancer Society’s AstraZeneca Hope Lodge.

Miller died June 6. He was 72.

On May 30, the Times profiled the Cathy Miller Cancer Fund, a charity Miller ran in memory of his wife, who died of cancer in 2003.

Miller was promoting a Strike Out Cancer fundraiser, featuring funnyman Joe Conklin, at Three Monkeys Cafe.

Frank and Cathy met at Cardinal Dougherty High School, and he was a proud member of the St. Helena Grammar School Hall of Fame.

After his wife died, he started the charity that provided money to the Hope Lodge, in Cheltenham. The facility provides lodging and van rides to hospital appointments for cancer patients and their caregivers who are from outside the area.

The Hope Lodge, which opened in 2009, has 37 bedroom suites, including a four-room wing on the ground floor named in Cathy Miller’s memory.

Last November, the fund was honored with the Philly Six Coaches vs. Cancer Champion Award.

Frank Miller had beaten sarcoma and bile duct cancer, but cancer recently returned and he lost a brief battle with the disease.

Miller is survived by his mother, Regina, and siblings Jeanie, Tommy, Jacquelynn and Trish.

Memorials in his name can be sent to the Cathy Miller Cancer Fund, c/o Jeanie Diamond, 711 Wildwood Ave., Williamstown, NJ 08094. ••