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Vincent J. Millard
08/06/1946 - 06/19/2021
Obituary For Vincent J. Millard
Vincent J. Millard, 74, loved spending time in his garden. It was there that he suffered a fall that ended his life on Saturday, June 19, 2021.
A son of the late Rev. Dr. Charles E. and Mildred Lowney Millard, he was born and raised in Warren, and most recently was a resident of Little Compton.
Vincent attended the Portsmouth Abbey School, graduating in 1964, then graduated from Johns Hopkins University. He moved to New York City where he worked for the law firm Howard, Smith, & Levin. He also found work in television and film, appearing in productions including the long-running soap opera Search for Tomorrow and the film Network.
He returned to Rhode Island about 3 decades ago, earned his masters degree from Providence College and launched a successful and gratifying career as a substance abuse counselor, most recently serving clients at Stepping Stones in Fall River.
Vincent was a devoted son, brother, and parishioner of St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church. In addition to gardening, he was an avid runner and cyclist; he enjoyed classical arts and music, and was active in historic preservation. He was also very fond of his dog Mollie; they were inseparable.
He is survived by his sister, Mary Catherine Topp (Thomas); brothers Charles E. Millard, Jr. (Mary), John F. Millard (Maria Horvath), Daniel J. Millard, Timothy J. Millard (Lisa), and James M. Millard (Kris); as well as nieces Christy Nadalin, Cara Cromwell, MaryElise Topp, Greer Millard, Ella Millard and nephew T.C. Topp. He was an honorary uncle to Nathan, Andrew and Michael Chartier.
If friends would like to make a donation in Vincent’s memory, to both Stepping Stones, 134 Durfee St., Fall River, MA, 02720, or to Catholic Charities, 1 Cathedral Square, Providence, RI 02903.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2021, at 10AM in St. Catherine of Siena Church, 74 Simmons Road, Little Compton, RI.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, June 25, 2021, from 5-8PM in Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Road, Warren, RI.
Burial will take place in St. Mary of the Bay Cemetery, Vernon Street, Warren.
Information/On-Line condolences please visit- www.wjsmithfh.com
Directions from Warren to St. Catherine of Siena Church:
• Get on I-195 E in Somerset - 11 min (5.4 mi)
• Follow I-195 E, take exit 14A for MA-24S to RI-24S
• Take exit 5 for Fish Rd from RI-24 S - 8 min (7.8 mi)
• Turn left on Fish Rd & then a right to take RI-177 W & quick left to RI -77 S
• Turn Left onto Peckham Rd
• Turn Right onto Willow Ave
• Turn left onto Simmons Rd.
• St. Catherine’s Catholic Church will be on the right. – 19 min (11.6 mi)
• 74 Simmons Rd. Little Compton, RI 02837
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Our sincere condolences and promise of prayer. The Desilets Saint Catherine /Little Compton
Dear Mallard Family, the children join me in sending sympathy to all of you. We were good friends of your parents for years. All you children share memories of St. Philomena's and St. Mary's Parish.. God bless you all. Jim and Corinne Murphy
Saddened and sorry to read of Vinny's death. Long ago memories of your parents and all of us as "kids" at Grist Mill pool! May his faith bring comfort and strength to you all during this difficult time. Judy Jenkins Doherty
Dear Millard Family and all those who loved and appreciated the presence and impact of Vincent in their lives. I wanted to send a different perspective from a different area of his life, his work. I have been patient of his 5 months. The impact this man had was more than just influential and inspirational it was all that and most of all spiritual. I have lived a tough life starting from the day I was born till now the age of 40. Fostercare, residential and solo, never had real love given to me but always was willing to give my own wich is in part why I believe he was put into my life. He taught me that with all I have survived the fact I have such a good heart, a kind soul and a willingness to forgive the wrong dealt to me thru out my journey here on earth didn't make me appear sad, pathetic, or weak. It made me a different kind of survivor a different kind of servant of God for never losing faith even though I was never taught by actions how to truly believe. We spoke of God often, every single session we spoke of him and how he loved us and always was there for us. He even taught me to not be afraid to ask God for what we need because I told him I felt it would be selfish of me to. He explained that God's not just their for u to answer to or to please. He's there for u to talk to and ask for his help with your needs. He told me that the way I analyze everything and take every little thing into consideration beforehand was not crazy. it made me caring, loving. compassionate and articulate. In fact every session he unwittingly ended with telling me all those qualities about myself and for me to not to fear asking God for his help. So I'm going to end this with not only is Vincent going to be missed by his family, friends, and colleagues, he will also be missed by his patients....the ones he helped build relationships with God, family and themselves. The world lost such a great soul but God gained himself a angel worthy of his heaven. Goodbye Vincent, thank you greatly for being the advocate I needed and treating me more like a friend than a patient. And to the family, just know that with all the love and light he shared he's still sparkling up above. Goodbye Friend, Letitia
There will be an emptiness in our home that he filled every Saturday night. He was not only our friend but part of our Family. The boys will miss making pickled onions with him, bowling, shooting pool, playing chess, post card Saturday and listening to his words of wisdom. He shared his deep faith and commitment with the Catholic Faith with us and as a young family, it has enriched our lives and deepened our faith in so many ways. We are truly grateful for the time we were given with him and know that he is with the Lord. We will miss him deeply. Hugs and Prayers to all of his family and friends. The Chartier Family - Rick, Kim, Nathan, Andrew & Michael
Dear Millard Family, I was saddened to hear about Vincent's recent accident and premature death. Vincent and I had reconnected last year through Facebook and we enjoyed each other's correspondence. We were classmates and friends some 55 + years ago, when we both attended grade school at St. Mary's Academy - Bayview. I was looking forward to getting together with Vincent for lunch this summer, on my return visit to Barrington, RI. to visit my Mom and family and catching up on the last 55+ years. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. May Vincent Rest In Peace.
I am saddened to hear of Vincent's passing. He was a friend and a mentor. He lived a life of courage and faith, a true gentleman. I will forever remember the wisdom he imparted and his gentle smile. I know that we will meet again for our faith tells us so. My deepest sympathies to all his friends and family, he will be deeply missed.
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