Dellen Millard’s strange obituary for his father Wayne

Wayne Millard with young Dellen Millard

Wayne Millard with young Dellen Millard

One of the first things that drew me to take a closer look at Dellen Millard, the accused murderer of Tim Bosma, was the odd obituary he wrote for his father.

Wayne Millard died on November 29, 2012 of what we now know was a gunshot to the head, but when I first read his obituary this had not yet been revealed and the police had still not reopened their investigation into Wayne’s death, originally deemed a suicide.

I found it strange that the obituary didn’t mention any other family members than Dellen. There was nothing about Carl Millard, the father in whose footsteps Wayne had followed and who he is said to have adored; not a word about Madeleine Burns, Dellen’s mother with whom Wayne supposedly remained on good terms; and no references to his aunts, cousins or the new woman in his life who he was reportedly about to marry. Everyone was excised from Wayne’s life except for the son, who is now being investigated for his father’s death.

Later I learned from the many people that I interviewed for my National Post article on the Millard family, that none of them were informed about the reception at Vinsanto restaurant in Wayne’s honour and that his colleagues at the new Millardair business at Waterloo airport were all told he died of a brain aneurysm. When still others learned through the grapevine or from the newspaper obit of Wayne’s death, they mostly assumed the cause was a heart attack.

At this point, Toronto police are saying next to nothing about their re-opened investigation into Wayne Millard’s death. And, unfortunately, as a relative newcomer to this city, I don’t have the police sources that the veteran Toronto crime reporters do. For this reason, I am asking anyone who could help me track down Wayne’s girlfriend/fiancee to please get in touch with me. You can leave a comment here (mark it confidential if you wish and I won’t approve it for publication) or send an email to ann.brocklehurst@gmail.com. Every little bit of information helps.


November 2016 Update: You can read more about Dellen Millard and his relationship with his father in the book, Dark Ambition: The Shocking Crime of Dellen Millard and Mark Smich.

Dark Ambition is for sale online at McNally Robinson, Chapters/Indigo, Amazon.ca and Amazon.com. Or you can pick it up in your local indie bookstore, Chapters, Indigo, Coles — and at Costco.

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Wayne Millard with young Dellen Millard

Wayne Millard with young Dellen Millard

I have a story on the Millard family and Millardair’s new Waterloo business venture in today’s National Post. It doesn’t seem to be online yet, but I’m sure it will go up eventually. Here’s the link.

The story focuses on Wayne Millard and his mysterious death.

If you have any information on any of the different angles relating to this story and Tim Bosma’s horrific murder, I would like very much to hear from you. You can reach me at ann.brocklehurst@gmail.com or @AnnB03 on Twitter.

In the meantime, here are the first two paragraphs from my article:

In his role as a business development consultant to Millardair’s new Waterloo airport venture, Al Sharif was happy to have only limited contact with Dellen Millard, the boss’s son and the guy in charge of hangar construction. As far as Mr. Sharif and other executives at the company were concerned, Dellen and his red mohawk spelled trouble.

“I thought he was just a spoilt little brat who had his way all his life and didn’t appreciate what his father was doing for him,” said Mr. Sharif. “He was an impediment to the hangar operation” who didn’t meet his deadlines, almost never arrived at work before noon, and refused to clear his collection of cars, jeeps, hot rods, jet skis and personal airplanes from the business premises.