Obituary: Antiques expert Peter Millin

2008-12-23 00:00

PETER Millin, well-known in Pietermaritzburg as a collector, antiques expert, letter writer to The Witness and once a reluctant politician, has died in the city at the age of 71.

He suffered from diabetes for many years and had been ill for some time.

Instead of a formal memorial service for Millin, a “memorial auction” will be held at Cannons Auctioneers at the Quarry Centre in Hilton on Saturday at 10.30 for 11 am.

Millin worked with Cannons on the catalogue for their monthly antiques and collectables sale until recently, often adding witty comments on the pieces coming up for sale.

Millin’s son, Mark, said yesterday that his father was always very happy at auctions, and spent 45 years working in the antiques business.

“So the family feel a memorial service with a twist, an ‘auction service’, would be a fitting way to celebrate his life,” he said.

Family and friends will give their memories of Millin, and then the “auction” will be opened to “bids” and memories from the floor.

Millin was generous with his knowledge of antiques, willing to help other collectors. He also donated an important collection of South African studio ceramics to the Tatham Art Gallery in 1998 — the Peter Millin South African Domestic Ware Collection.

In 2000, Millin, whose wife Teresa was the IFP’s provincial deputy chief whip, stood for the party in municipal elections against the DA’s Bill Lambert, who won. Millin endeared himself to the electorate when he said afterwards: “Bill is definitely the best man for the job and in any case, I’ve got a very short fuse and I think I’m totally unsuitable.”

Millin leaves his wife, Teresa, two married sons and a grand-daughter. — Witness Reporter.

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