Ronald Miller, 57, of Utica, passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2023, with his family by his side.
Ronald, son of the late Lula D. Miller, was born on January 28, 1966 in Brooklyn. He was the fourth of six children. Ronald entered into this world at Kings County Hospital and left an indelible mark on his birthplace of Brooklyn. He attended August Martin High School in Queens, later transferring to Prospect Heights High School. Ronald was a huge Jets, Knicks, and football (soccer) fan. In a time when soccer wasn’t as popular as other sports in the US, he had a deep knowledge of every international league. Regardless of which team he was following, he could break down and analyze the games like a coach, explaining why that team’s particular defense was sub-par and offering how he would improve their chances. Ronald even dabbled in fencing and baseball, showcasing his desire to try and be great at everything.
In addition to athletics, Ronald enjoyed conversations about politics, economics, and world affairs, ultimately expressing his disapproval of any conditions he felt were wrong. He was loving but a fighter for all he believed in and wouldn’t hesitate to tell you. Not to be overlooked, Ronald was undeniably funny and a comic in his own right. He liked to smile and crack jokes, and his laugh was infectious. You can still hear it right now if you pause and close your eyes. He was also an avid reggae music listener. Clearly, Ronald was Jamaican in a former life. In 1983, Ronald and Andrea Stoute (Negron) welcomed the birth of their son, Rhakeim. He took great pride in being a father and stressed the importance of the naming of his son.
He migrated to Utica in 1993 where he met the love of his life, Dorothea Hawkins, and they have been inseparable ever since. As his partner of 30 years, Dorothea has been a steady beacon of light throughout his life’s journey. She was vital in his care and comfort, doing everything possible to ensure his transition was peaceful. Ronald explored and held multiple jobs, most recently working within warehouses. He was kind and loved by everyone who took the time to interact, sit, and speak with him. He loved his family with everything in him and spent his final days letting them know how he felt.
Ronald leaves behind to cherish his memory his love Dorothea; his son and daughter-in-law Rhakeim and Jasmine Miller; stepdaughters Hasheemah Hawkins and Latoya Mobley; stepsons Timothy Hawkins and Willie Mobley; grandchildren Langston Miller, Baldwin Miller, Gordon Miller, De’jaunHawkins, Kriztianity Hawkins, Josziah Williams, Messiah Williams, Nhoa Williams, Israel Williams, Aaliyah Sprinkle; his siblings Belinda Windham, Vincent Miller, Christopher Miller, twin brother Arnold Miller, and baby sister Katrina Miller; sisters-in-law Felicia, Diana, Donna, Cheryl, and Ursula; brother-in-law Jeff Taylor; beloved aunts Josephine Bonner and Sarah Walker; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Private funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 24, 2023 at 2pm at the Bottini Funeral Home, 120 W. Embargo Street.