Dr. Steven G. Mills died unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Joseph and Theresa B. (Whalen) Mills, he was predeceased by his daughter, Erin M. Mills.
Dr. Mills graduated with honors from Stonehill College in Easton, and received his doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of West Virginia in Morgantown, W.V., completing the rigorous four-year program in just three years at the top of his class. He began his dental career in North Dartmouth, working alongside his brother, Dr. Joseph Mills. As the sole proprietor of Dockside Dental, he has proudly served the community of Martha’s Vineyard for the past 18 years. Steve had a heart of gold, and his generosity and passion for people and helping others both personally and professionally is his hallmark.
A dedicated and loving father, grandfather, son, brother, and uncle, Steve cherished spending time with his family, especially his daughters and grandchildren. He excelled in sports, and was awarded more than 75 trophies for athletic achievement and good sportsmanship as a young boy, but his passions were always fishing and the ocean. “Grampy” loved kayaking, and was most happy when fishing with his grandchildren.
Steve will forever be remembered as the gentlest of souls with the kindest heart, a funny, fun-loving guy who loved listening to the oldies, and a good belly laugh. He inherited his dDad’s uncanny ability to fix anything, and was first in line to lend a helping hand. He brought joy and love to his family and friends.
He is survived by his daughter, Caitlin M. Mills of Oak Bluffs; a brother, Dr. Joseph Mills and his wife Kathleen of South Dartmouth; three sisters, Joanne Caplan of South Dartmouth, Jane Burchill and her husband, attorney Kevin Burchill of West Tisbury, and Mary Mills of Oak Bluffs; three grandchildren, Christian and Cayden Smith of West Tisbury, and Hailey Carreiro of Fall River; several nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.
His visitation will be held Tuesday, May 8, from 10 am to noon, with a funeral service at 12 noon at the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery. A celebration of life is being planned for a later date. For tributes and directions, please visit rock-funeralhome.com.