Peter Miller Obituary

Geoffrey Peter Kingsley Miller (B3 1945–50) was born on 5 September 1932 in East London, close enough to Bow Bell for him to boast of being a Cockney. He grew up in Cookham and was the oldest brother of three, who all attended Marlborough College.  At 18, still in the Sixth Form, Peter (as he was known) was the ‘unlikely’ winner of the 25th Sunday TimesCup Race, a 2600-yard course in around three minutes without a fall.

Peter enjoyed a variety of other sports. His main ones were: squash, tennis, hockey, and later in life he became a keen croquet player. Other hobbies included fly-fishing, electronics (he built an amplifier in the 70s), wine and stocks and shares. He also used to make coffee every morning using an old Kone glass percolator.

Peter earned a scholarship to Clare College Cambridge where he eventually graduated in 1956 with an MA in Pure Mathematics and Natural Philosophy. He completed his National Service in the Green Jackets before joining the Liverpool Scottish TA in 1953, where he attained the rank of Major. He was an excellent marksman and won a gold Duke of Edinburgh medal presented to him personally by HRH Prince Philip.

In 1956, Peter joined ICI and became Retail Manager for South Thames. ICI offered him a post in a West African country and, but for an ill-timed coup, he would have gone. Instead, in 1966, he joined John Lewis and soon became the General Manager of Robert Sayle, Cambridge. In 1978, he was promoted to Director of Management Services before heading up a project to build a new ‘experimental’ out-of-town John Lewis by the M40 at High Wycombe, which he ran until he retired in 1992.

Peter married Pamela Carey-Wood in 1963 after meeting on the ski slopes. They had three children and 60 very happy years together. He was totally devoted to her and her to him. She sadly died just three months after him.

Since his passing, Peter has been greatly missed by those who knew him. He was most generous with his time and money. Those he worked with said that they gained much from his words of encouragement and wisdom. He was a very conscientious worker and was a role model of honesty and integrity. He had a ready smile and a quip or joke was never far away.