William K. Millar Sr., 95: World War II vet taught others of war's horror

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BRUNSWICK — William K. Millar Sr., 95, a longtime resident of Brunswick, died Sept. 27 at Winship Green in Bath.

He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on April 27, 1919, the son of James and Annie Rafferty Millar. He graduated from Plymouth, New Hampshire, High School in 1937, and earned a degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1942. There, he was president of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and was active in track.

During World War II, Millar served in the U.S. Army, a member of the 104th Infantry Division. He was awarded a Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Bronze Star.

He participated in the liberation of the Nordhausen concentration camp, and the experience later led him to be active in the Maine Holocaust Commission. He traveled and spoke at schools throughout the state, so that young people could come to understand the horrors of the Holocaust from a first-hand witness.

He married Edith Wright in Gardiner on Feb. 25, 1944.

Millar was a member of First Parish Church, in Brunswick, and American Legion Post 171, in Harpswell.

He was predeceased by a brother, James Millar, and two sisters, Ruth Ann Millar and Grace Millar.

He is survived by his wife, Edith, of Bath; two sons, William K. Millar Jr. and wife, Susan, and Daniel S. Millar and wife, Lorrie, of North Harpswell; a daughter, Anne Heinig, and husband, Christopher, of North Harpswell; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Oct. 11 at First Parish Church.

Memorial contributions in Millar’s name may be made to First Parish Church, 9 Cleaveland St., Brunswick, ME 04011; to Harpswell Neck Fire & Rescue, P.O. Box 8, Harpswell, ME 04079; or to the Coastal Humane Society, 30 Range Road, Brunswick, ME 04011.

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