Howard M. McMillan
August 4, 1943 - October 16, 2018
Howard M. McMillan, age 75, of Millsboro, DE passed away on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in West Chester, PA on August 4, 1943, he was the son of the late Letcher and Ina (MacMillan) McMillan. Howard grew up and attended school in Elkton, MD. He moved to Delaware in 1961 where he did carpentry work for several years.
In 1968, he and his family moved to Christiana where he joined the Christiana Fire Co. Howard found that he loved the fire service and moved through the ranks, becoming a Director, Chief and President. In 1972, the Wilmington Bureau of Fire hired him and on his birthday, August 4th and he was appointed and worked at Engine #8. Howard proudly received several accommodations for life saving of which he was very proud. On January 30, 1980, he was severely injured during a fire and had to retire from active firefighting. After a year of convalescing he was appointed to the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office where he served for 22 years. While there, he was promoted to Chief Deputy of the New Castle Division, a position he held for 7 years. He then transferred to Georgetown to finish his career. Howard received several accommodations while with the Fire Marshal’s Office and retired in November 2002. After retirement, Howard opened a cabinet shop “The Wood Shed.” Woodworking was his second love and he built custom cabinets for several years while taking care of his beloved home.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his 2 brothers and 4 sisters. Howard is survived by his wife of 29 years, Judy McMillan; daughters, Lee McMillan of Wilmington and Dawn Miles of Bear; 4 grandsons, Zach, Tony, Andy and Kenny; 1 granddaughter, Lauren; and 10 great grandchildren.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5 pm until 7 pm on Sunday, October 21, 2018, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. A second visitation will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Monday, October 22, 2018, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, where a time for sharing will begin at 11 am. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Howard’s memory to the Christiana Fire Company, 2 East Main St, Christiana, DE 19702.