Darleen Miharija/Milloy, 1963-2011
Darleen Milloy (nee Miharija) of Vancouver died on May 11, 2011, after living with multiple sclerosis for more than 20 years, and leading a fight against the condition that was an inspiration to all who knew her.
An accomplished solo piper in the 1980s before she was no longer able to continue piping, Darleen Milloy’s biggest award was winning the Silver Medal at the Northern Meeting in 1987 with a performance of “Corrienessan’s Salute.” She played for many years with the Grade 1 Simon Fraser University Pipe Band and was married to Derek Milloy of St. Paul, Minnesota, also a piper with SFU.
Darleen Miharija was taught piobaireachd primarily by James MacMillan. Even after her competing days had finished, she continued to teach and compose, and a number of her works are included in published collections.
Before her MS affected her ability to play, Darleen Miharija was regarded as one of the most talented pipers to come from the British Columbia area.
On behalf of the piping and drumming world, our condolences to her survivors and many friends at this sad time.