ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) – Senate Emeritus Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. will be in the Rotunda of Maryland State House later this week.
Miller, Maryland's longest-serving Senate president, died last Friday afternoon. He'll be in the state on Thursday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. and then Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
He retired last month after serving more than four decades as a senator. At the time, he cited his health as the reason, including a long battle with cancer.
In early 2019, he announced his prostate cancer diagnosis in the Senate.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, personal visits are only limited to people with appointments or invited guests. Visitors have to stay socially distant and wear a mask at all times.
Anyone entering the State House is strongly encouraged to undergo testing and is required to pass a mandatory health and temperature exam.
Soldiers who previously served with Miller will provide escort from the Lee Funeral Home to the Maryland State House, past the law offices of Senator Miller, Prince George's Fire Department in Clinton, MD, Surrattsville High School, Chesapeake Beach, the Dunkirk and Herrington Harbor Fire Department prior to arriving at the State House.
Well-wishers can send him away from these outdoor locations, but should wear a mask and keep social distance.
On Friday, the tour takes place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and then from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. with a break for the Senate session from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. A precise schedule and a live stream link will be provided later.
Maryland State Police will be returning President Emeritus Miller from the Maryland State House to the Lee Funeral Home in Clinton, Maryland.
The family will have a private mass and service at St. John the Evangelist, Clinton, followed by private internment. The funeral will be streamed on St. John the Evangelist's Facebook page.
Instead of flowers, the family seeks contributions to the Calvert Health Cancer Foundation, the Dunkirk Fire Department, the Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. Center for Leadership at the College of Southern Maryland, or the Thomas V. Mike Miller Education Fund to support youth environmental education. and career programs through the Chesapeake Bay Trust (please include this fund when donating online).