Laurence Ralph Miller Sr., 51, of Rockport died Feb. 9, 2010, surrounded by his family at Massachusetts General Hospital after a year’s battle with cancer. Born in Bath on June 7, 1958, he was the son of Ralph L. and Patricia A. (Wentworth) Miller. Larry graduated in the Class of 1977 from Morse High School where he excelled in the masonry vocational field. For many years he was married to Carmen Miller.

Larry worked in construction throughout his lifetime. For the past 16 years he and Gary Thayer worked together doing carpentry in coastal Maine. Larry built his house on the family farm in Rockport in a beautiful setting where he took great pleasure in watching wildlife and the change in seasons. His greatest joys were his two sons, Larry and Nathan, and their families. He was very proud that his grandchildren are the seventh generation living on the Miller farm. Larry enjoyed hunting from his “tree stand,” anything to do with cars, grilling on his deck, or just hopping into his kayak and going fishing. He had a very easy nature, was instantly liked by those he met, and was always willing to lend a hand to those in need.

Larry is survived by his two sons, Laurence R. Miller Jr. and his wife, Candice, and their daughter, Keyairra and their son, Xavier, all of Rockport; and Nathan and his wife, Trinity, and his daughter, Ileanna, and their daughter, Celyna, of Thomaston; his parents, the Rev. Ralph and Patricia Miller of Rockport; two brothers, Stephen and his wife, Kim, of Hope and Timothy of Brunswick; a sister, Bethany and her husband, Alan, of Portland; three nephews, Clifford, Camden and Sagel; and a niece, Caitlyn.

A service will be held Saturday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. at the Rockport Masonic Center, 361 Main St. in Rockport. The Rev. Ralph Miller will officiate.

Memorial donations may be made to the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center, Attn: Bryan Harter, 125 South Huntington Ave., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 or

Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Camden.