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Obituaries: Les "Coach" McMillen

March 02, 2018

July 7, 1953 – February 28, 2018
Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY

Les “Coach” McMillen, of Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY entered into eternal rest, surrounded by his loving family, on February 28, 2018 at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York City, NY. He was 64 years old.

The son of the late Merrill McMillen and Kathleen (Robillard) McMillen, Les was born on July 7, 1953 in Newburgh, NY.

Les earned his B.S. from Western Connecticut State University in 1978 and his M.S. from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 1991. Les was the Athletic Director at the New York Military Academy in Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY as well as the Director of Transportation and Football, Basketball and Baseball Coach. He won over 400 basketball games. NYMA has been to the New England Tournament 13 times and won the Hudson Valley Championship seven times under the leadership of Les. A graduate of Trinity-Pawling School, Les was inducted into T-P’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2002 he was inducted into the Western Connecticut Athletic Hall of Fame where he played football, basketball and baseball. And in October 2013, Les was inducted into the New York Military Academy Hall of Fame. He is the recipient of seven sportsmanship awards from the New York Military Academy. With his basketball and baseball teams, he has made 24 trips to the New England Championships. Additional highlights of his career include football championship, football sportsmanship awards, soccer championships, numerous basketball championships, and two baseball championships.

Les was the current President of the Hudson Valley Athletic League and the Hudson Valley Football League and a member of the Executive Board and Past President of the New England Basketball Coaches Association. He was the current Tournament Director of New England Basketball.

Through Les’ affiliations and his coaching, he touched and inspired countless lives. He will be greatly missed

Les will continue to be in our hearts as a loving husband, father, pop pop, great pop pop, brother, uncle, cousin and coach; as well as a loving friend to all.

Les is survived by his loving wife Barbara, of 21 forever and ever years; his children: Craig McBath and his wife Melissa, Brock McBath, Chris McMillen, Jenny Turner and her husband Chris; his brother: Richard McMillen and his family, Linda Calvelli; his sister: Kathy Hubbard; his grandchildren: Jordan, Kayleigh, Jayden, Josiah, Claire, Gregory, Amanda, and Jennifer; his great granddaughter: Mia; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 4th at Quigley Bros. Funeral Home, 337 Hudson St. Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY. Cremation will take place at Cedar Hill Crematory, Middle Hope, NY.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for contributions to go to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF): – in loving memory of Les McMillen.

Arrangements are entrusted to Quigley Bros. Funeral Home; to send condolences or to get directions to the funeral home, please go to


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