Some of the lanterns made by the late John Miller who was killed in a crash at Numulgi last Wednesday.Photo: Contributed
Some of the lanterns made by the late John Miller who was killed in a crash at Numulgi last Wednesday.Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed

Lantern community saddened by motorcyclists death

JOHN Miller usually kept to himself living a peaceful existence on his Terania Creek farm unless he was making lanterns with his friends at LightnUp.

So when news filtered through to LightNup chief executive Jyllie Jackson the 57-year-old had been killed when a car collided with his motorcycle at Numulgi last Wednesday, the Lismore Lantern Festival community was devastated.

Ms Jackson said she had known Mr Miller for the past eight years since he got involved with the lantern workshop to fulfil his mutual obligation requirements with Centrelink.

“He came to us like a great many people through Centrelink,” she said.

“Over time he just found his niche, and found people who actually liked him.”

When she first met Mr Miller, Ms Jackson said he was a loner.

“Beneath his prickly exterior he was a really caring man, which was hard for some people to see some times,” she said.

“His great qualities come out in the lantern workshop.

“My grandson who is three was drawn to John’s work and his lanterns.”

Mr Miller made a variety of lanterns during his time with LightNUp.

“John’s lanterns, the dog, the goat, the three monkeys and the VW Kombis have been on display all over the place,” she said.

When he wasn’t making lanterns, Ms Jackson said Mr Miller liked to ride his motorbike and work on his property.

“He also read a lot , he was a great reader and we would discuss what he was reading,” she said.

“His great loves were his motorbike and his lanterns.”

Despite all his work over the years, Ms Jackson said Mr Miller never went to the Lismore Lantern Parade.

Mr Miller’s funeral will be held at the Lismore "Bush Cemetery" next Monday December 7 at 2.30pm.

His friends and colleagues are welcome to join in a celebration of his life 

For direction of where to go and to arrange lifts if required please call 02 66226333

“His siblings and his mother Nancy are coming to Lismore for the funeral and then they’re all going to come to the lantern workshop on Tuesday morning to see where he worked,” Ms Jackson said.



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