GRAVENHURST, ON, April 20, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, the Ontario Heritage Trust unveiled a marker commemorating the gravesite of the Honourable Frank Stuart Miller, premier of Ontario from February to June 1985.
"Frank Stuart Miller devoted much of his life to public service and was recognized for his commitment when he was invested to the Order of Ontario, the province's most prestigious official honour," said Dr. Thomas H.B. Symons, Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust. "We are delighted to further recognize his dedication with this gravesite marker."
Born in Toronto but living most of his life in Muskoka, Frank Miller was premier from February to June 1985. A graduate of McGill University in Montreal, he was an auto dealer and a resort operator in Muskoka. After serving as a city councillor in Bracebridge, he was elected to the legislature in 1971 for Muskoka. During his provincial career, he held various cabinet positions, including minister of health, 1974-77; and treasurer, 1978-83. He retired from politics in November 1985 and later served as chairman of the District Municipality of Muskoka and the Algoma Central Corporation.
"Throughout his political career, Frank Miller made many significant contributions to this province," said Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. "His commitment and dedication to public service are a great inspiration for Ontarians today and generations to come."
The Premiers' Gravesites Program honours Ontario's former premiers and their service to Ontario by marking their gravesites. Specially designed bronze markers inscribed with the individual premier's name and dates of service are being installed at each gravesite, along with flagpoles flying the Ontario flag, where possible.
This program is administered by the Ontario Heritage Trust with funding support from the Government of Ontario. The Trust is an agency of the government dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario's heritage for the benefit of present and future generations.
- Eighteen premiers will be commemorated through the Premiers' Gravesites Program.
- This is the 17th marker to be unveiled through the program since it began in 2008.
For more information on the Premiers' Gravesites Program, visit www.heritagetrust.on.ca.
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