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Published: Sunday, 10/19/2003

Sandusky mover began 2nd career as charter boat skipper

SANDUSKY - Lawrence “L.J.” Millott, president of Millott Transfer and Storage Corp., who launched a second career as a charter boat captain on Lake Erie, died at home Wednesday after having pulmonary fibrosis for three years. He was 67.

He was part of the third generation of his family to run the Millott Transfer and Storage Corp. before it closed in 1986. His daughter, Katharine Vargo, still hears people say that her father moved them.

Born Nov. 10, 1935, in Sandusky to Gordon and Anna Millott, he grew up there and graduated from Sandusky High School. He attended Ohio State University for one year, then spent two years at Fenn Business College, now part of Cleveland State University, before returning to work at the family business.

Mr. Millott headed the company in the late 1960s. He was on the boards of the Ohio Movers and Warehousemen's Association and the Ohio Trucking Association. He worked to promote family-owned businesses, Ms. Vargo said.

In the 1980s, he became a charter boat captain on Lake Erie, taking people fishing for walleye. He was a member of the Lake Erie and Sandusky Charter Boat Associations. He enjoyed boating and was a member of the Sandusky Yacht Club for 45 years and a former commodore.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the Erie County Conservation League, Ducks Unlimited, the Rotary Club, the Lions Club, and the Traffic Club, a local business association.

Mr. Millott was inspired by his mother's Red Cross work to take a lifelong interest in health. He was past president of the Erie County Cancer Society and a blood donor for 49 years. He was a longtime top donor in Erie County, having given 18 gallons, seven pints of blood. He was disappointed when his health prevented him from giving more, Mrs. Vargo said.

“He really believed in it,” Mrs. Vargo said.

Mr. Millott was known for his storytelling ability and his knowledge of local history. He helped set up the Follett House Museum in the 1970s.

Surviving are his wife, Marilyn; son, Martin; daughter, Katharine Vargo; sister, Anne Kramer, and two granddaughters.

A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. today at the Sandusky Yacht Club. The family suggests tributes to the Stein Hospice or to a charity of the donor's choice.



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