Richard 'Dick' Gordon Mills, 59, of Morgan Lane, West Haven passed away suddenly May 22, 2009, while on vacation in Vermont. He was born in New Haven, May 13, 1950 a son of the late J. Gordon and Doris Smith Mills and had resided in West Haven all of his life. He was a home renovating contractor, a member of the First Congregational Church of West Haven, and Past President of the Oak Grove Cemetery Assoc. He also enjoyed car racing and hunting. Mr. Mills is survived by several cousins; Ann Ross of Oak Bluffs, MA., Bruce Boren of Mattapoisett, MA, Thomas Mills of Oxford, CT, Elaine Pilkowicz of Milford, CT, Russell Mills of Westminster, MD, Charles Mills of VA, and Betsy Sorell of Putnam, CT, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be Tuesday June 2, at 1 p.m. at the BEECHER & BENNETT-TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 410 Campbell Ave., West Haven. Friends may call Monday from 5-8 p.m. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.

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  1. Dickie was a good friend for years, I always looked-forward to seeing him at the races and especially enjoyed talking with him about the .old days. in the sport. He’ll be missed by many in the New England racing community.

  2. Dickie will be sadly missed by all who knew him, I will miss all his set-up advice and positive feed back at the race track.

  3. You were gone so quickly, One last car ride you’d take. Before you even knew it, You were standing at heaven’s gate, Leaving this life behind you, To enjoy all of heavens beautiful things. Take one last look back along your path, and know you did your very best. May the morning sun caress you, The rains of change refresh you, And the gentle breeze of His Spirit Lift the wings of your transformation.

  4. So sorry about your loss. Richard was my a good friend and neighbor. He will truly be missed. Sincerely, Mrs. Geri Savage

  5. Dick Mills will always be remembered. Dick was a good friend and brother to me, the brother I never had. Dick got me into racing years ago. He was racing at Agawam, Mass. with a coup. From there we went onto modifieds. We built cars together and went onto meet a lot of people and the stories were great. We then went on to start building strictly stock cars. The cars were always numbered #83. Then came the #83X. Then we asked each other who can we get to drive it. A long time friend Eddie Gerstch said he would drive the car. We had a lot of ups and downs but through it all we had a lot of fun. It took (9) nine years of racing to finally win a championship chip. Dick was so happy. He would always get so upset if things went wrong, but at the end of the day, it was all about the fun we all had, had. Dick introduced us to many people, like Billy Greco, Tony Dadito, John Cambino, and they all raced for us at one time or another. Dick also helped our daughter Karen when Carl built her a go cart, dick was there beside him helping to build it and make sure it was right. Dick Mills and his family will always be a part of our lives every day, because there is not a day that goes by that we do not mention him or think of him. Dick Mills was a friend for life, we will never for get him and he will live on in our hearts and memories. The Umecker Family and the #83 Racing Team

  6. Dicky I have known you for years, My family will miss you terribly especially my brother Carl. I know you were his best friend on the race track and off. I thank you for all the work you have ever done for my mother & me. My mother loved you like a son. Rest in Peace Always.

  7. We are shocked to hear the news. Dick was a great guy, honest, kind, hardworking. He will truly be missed. May God bless his soul.

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