Donald “Don” James Millar

August 7, 1942 - February 8, 2011
Donald “Don” James Millar

Donald “Don” James Millar 68, of Hampstead died Tuesday at his home with his family at his side.

Family and friends will gather at 2:00 PM Saturday, February 12, 2011 at Soundside Park, Surf City
followed by a celebration of life at Gilligans, Surf City.

Don was born in Syracuse, NY, lived in Buffalo, NY until 17 years old, then travelled the world for four years as a fighter aircraft weapons specialist in the USAF.

He earned a BFA from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and did his post-graduate work at Syracuse University. After college, he moved to Norwalk, CT, and remained there for almost 30 years. He recently moved and lived near Wilmington, NC.

He was a artist, boater, fisherman, and admirer of the Southeast Coast of the U.S.A. as well as the shores of New England along with seacoasts and lakeshores throughout the world. For the past 12 years, he lived in the small coastal town of Hampstead, North Carolina and thought of it as paradise.
After a varied and successful career as a freelance advertising art director/designer in the medical/pharmaceutical industry for more than thirty years, Don decided it was time to stop and smell the salt air.

His love of drawing, boating and the sea were ingrained and as a second career, he made charcoal drawings of lighthouses and fishing boats.

He is the father of two children, Heather Quintana and husband Mark of Roanoke, VA, Andy Millar of Ocala, FL., two grandchildren, Matthew Quintana and Jack Quintana whom he loved very much. He also leaves behind the love of his life, Cheryl Mallard, and two brothers, Doug Millar and Brian Millar, stepmother Betty Millar and an abundance of friends around the world.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to The Leukemia Society of America.

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Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099

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  • February 11, 2011
    Bob & Anne Kurowski says:
    We are shocked and saddened to hear of Don's passing. He was a good friend and sweetheart of a guy. We shared to all too little time together. His Art was what brought us together. Don will be missed on the Art Scene in Wilmington. It is a loss in so many ways. Hope there is charcoal in Heaven. Would be a shame if everything was all white!

  • February 11, 2011
    Margaret Dunn says:
    Heather and Andy, Through Don's journey in life I knew him only a short time, but he was not a person who you could know and not love. He had a wonderful spirit that was contagious, and he had a pride and love for you two that remains for you to cherish throughout life. He fought the good fight and finished the battle. My deepest sympathy is with you now.

  • February 11, 2011
    Donna Yarde says:
    Heather, Andy, Betty, Doug and Brian I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. He was truly a good friend and I am glad that I had the opportunity to meet all of you. I cherish all of the good memories. Stay strong and be comforted that he is now in a better place and keeping a watchful eye on all especially those grandchildren. Love to all of you, Donna

  • February 10, 2011
    Marybeth Geronimo says:
    Dear Heather and Andy - I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. For many years I considered him like a father to me as well. May you both find comfort in your memories, and may he Rest In Peace. Love, Marybeth (Yarde) Geronimo

  • February 12, 2011
    Jill St. John says:
    Andy and Heather, Anyone who knew your Dad will miss him, I would always ask Ed Monroe for "Don" reports. I hope you both know how much my whole family thought of him. My Father for one was a huge fan. I send my love from our family. Love, Jill