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Brian Miller 1955 – 2015

It is with a deep sadness that I must announce that in the early morning of September 28, 2015, our friend and colleague, Brian Miller passed away peacefully.

He was at Sunnybrook hospital with his wife Marion, his family and closest friends by his side.
He will be greatly missed by all of us.

Grant MacNeill


I want to thank the many friends and customers who have spoken with me over the past week.

Sunday’s gathering at the visitation was a wonderful reunion of Brian’s many friends and was greatly appreciated by Brian’s wife Marion and his extended family.

I first met Brian when I opened The Twelfth Fret in 1977 and we were both 21. He was a young rock-star guitarist and my role was to keep his guitars in concert readiness.

Two years later Brian joined The Twelfth Fret running our recording studio and later becoming a full time Luthier with our workshop.

Brian and I shared a love for canoes and scuba diving but he took his canoeing skills to a much higher level becoming a white water expert. He and his wife Marion spent many vacations on the wild rivers of northern Ontario or diving in Cuba, enjoying great food and sharing Brian’s love of fine wine. He also stayed fit by stubbornly refusing to get a drivers licence and riding his beloved bike everywhere — winter and summer.

Brian Miller continued to put his talent as fine musician, recording engineer and guitarist to constant use on numerous personal projects with his close circle of musical friends.

Over the last 36 years Brian has been an essential part of our team and we are having a tough time walking by his empty workbench.

We are all only beginning to come to grips with his passing as we have lost a wonderful long time friend, far too soon.

I am lucky to have known him and grateful to the Twelfth Fret family for its support.

Grant MacNeill

Brian’s obituary can be read by clicking here.

Courtesy of Marcus Vichert: Click  here for some of what Brian was doing musically over the last years with his band The Tipsy Kings. This album is from 2005.

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