Continuing the Tradition: Robert Emmet Milward

Robert Emmet Milward

1936-Present

A graduate of the University of Virginia, Bob has carried forth the Milward tradition while serving on several professional associations — including Selected Independent Funeral Homes, Kentucky Funeral Directors Association and the National Foundation of Funeral Service.

His community service includes Charter Member, Past-President and 30-year board member of the Bluegrass Community foundation, Past-President Hospice of the Bluegrass and Co-Chairman of the 1991-92 Capital Campaign Committee. A former Vestryman at Christ Church Cathedral, he has served as a director of AAA Bluegrass/Kentucky Automobile Club for 29 years.

Bob has served on numerous boards, including The Salvation Army for 30 years, Lexington Federal Savings and Loan Association for 26 years, Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce, Headley-Whitney Museum, Better Business Bureau, Y.M.C.A. (High Street), United Way of the Bluegrass, Junior Achievement, Boy Scouts (Bluegrass Council) and as a Trustee at the Lexington School.

He was the youngest President of the Lexington Rotary Club and received the President's Cup in 2002, served two terms as Chairman of the Board of the Lafayette Club and continues on the Board of the Triangle Foundation and the U.S. Bank Central Kentucky Advisory Board.

The Beginnings: Joseph Milward
Joseph Milward

1803-1883

Born in Baltimore in 1803, Joseph was brought to Lexington as a young child by his widowed mother. At 16 he became an apprentice cabinet maker and for a time was a journeyman craftsman in Cincinnati and later in Richmond, Ky.

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A Key Decision: Col. William Rice Milward
Col. William Rice Milward

1842-1915

When Joseph retired, he turned the business over to his remaining sons in 1865. One of these sons, Colonel William Rice Milward, would eventually assume the leadership role.

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Attention to Detail: William Rice Milward, Jr.
William Rice Milward, Jr.

1869-1947

Born in 1869, “Will,” as he was affectionately known to his friends, joined his father in the family business in 1892 at the age of 23.

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An Admired Civic Leader: William Emmet Milward
William Emmet Milward

1904-1972

Emmet Milward entered the family business in 1926 and by 1942 had played an instrumental role in completing a comprehensive expansion and rehabilitation of the mortuary at 159 North Broadway.

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Continuing the Tradition: Robert Emmet Milward
Robert Emmet Milward

1936-Present

A graduate of the University of Virginia, Bob has carried forth the Milward tradition while serving on several professional associations — including Selected Independent Funeral Homes, Kentucky Funeral Directors Association and the National Foundation of Funeral Service.

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The Youngest Generation: Robert Emmet Milward, Jr.
Robert Emmet Milward, Jr.

1969-Present

The sixth generation of the family to carry on the Milward family tradition, Robert E. Milward Jr. Joined his father in the business in 1994, and currently serves as Vice President.

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