Charles “Chal” Miller passed away on April 29th, 2021 at the age of 59, in his hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His battle with serious medical issues in recent years may have slowed him down, but he always said, “I don’t have an ounce of Russian in me, so I don’t need to be rushing around.”
Chal was one of eight children, two boys and six girls. He showed at a very young age that he was mechanically inclined, repairing discarded lawnmowers, vacuums, and radios. His interests in mechanics soon turned into a love for fixing cars so he pursued a career as an auto mechanic, receiving his certification while in the Marines. Once he was honorably discharged, he walked into his first garage and never looked back.
He spent 25+ years “turning wrenches,” but he would tell you he never worked a day in his life. He opened multiple garages and finished his career working for the city of Philadelphia as an auto mechanic for Fleet Management. Even on his days off he could be found under the hood of a car or covered in grease; his tool bag always close by if a friend, neighbor, or even a stranger needed a hand. When he wasn’t working on cars, he enjoyed sitting on the stoop shooting the breeze with the neighbors, watching court tv (Judge Judy was his favorite), or listening to the radio (Eric Clapton was another favorite).
Chal met the love of his life, Barbara, unexpectedly after being setup on a blind date. They were married just shy of 37 years and had two children together: Charles Jr. and Amanda. He was the grandfather (Pop Pop) to one grandson (Sylas Anthony), and the Uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Charles will be honored at the Koller Funeral Home on Saturday, June 5th at 11:00am with visitation beginning at 10:00am. This will be followed by a private luncheon for close friends and family.
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