Rolando  Miranda


Rolando Miranda realized his final desire on Aug. 9, 2019, as he passed away comfortably in the home he loved and created with his wife Mary Jane Miranda. Rolando Javier Miranda Pizarro was born on Feb. 15, 1929, in Rancagua, Chile, and soon moved to the copper mining town of Sewell. He attended school there and grew up hiking and skiing in the Andes mountains until he moved to Rancagua, and later the capital city of Santiago where he completed his secondary education.
Rolando was the first of his family to immigrate to the United States, arriving in Waterville, Maine, in 1950, where he attended the Coburn Classical Institute prior to matriculating at the University of Maine, Orono, where he received his Bachelor's of Science in Engineering, was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and met the love of his life, Mary Jane Mitchell.
Rolando and Mary Jane were wed on June 16, 1956, and enjoyed 63 years of married life. They purchased their first home in Jefferson, New Hampshire, where he started working for Brown Paper Company. They moved to Bangor, Maine, in 1958 where Rolando continued to work in the paper industry. After a move to nearby Veazie, they started their family, and were joined by their son Ricardo in 1960, and their daughter Victoria in 1962. In 1963, Rolando and family moved to Arecibo, Puerto Rico, where Rolando worked for International Paper.
In 1966, Rolando came to Plattsburgh, N.Y., for a position with Georgia Pacific making Plattsburgh his home for the remaining 53 years of his life. He pursued his love for the mountains in the Adirondacks and the North Country where he became a member of the Beartown Ski Area Board of Directors and Ski Patrol Leader. He also was a Ski Patroler at Paleface Ski Area. Rolando later went on to join the Whiteface Ski Patrol and was proud to be chosen as a member of the 1980 Olympic Ski Patrol. Rolando taught many how to ski at Beartown and was eager to introduce people to the sport he loved. In the Spring, Summer, and Fall, he enjoyed hiking the High Peaks of the Adirondacks, eventually becoming an ADK 46'er.
Rolando considered himself fortunate to have been a foreign student and was grateful for the welcome he received in this country. When he was able, he reciprocated and the Miranda's became a Host Family for foreign students attending Plattsburgh State University. Over the years, the Miranda's hosted dozens of students from all over the world, for periods as short as a weekend, and as long as an academic year. These relationships were cherished and several continued until his final days. One of his greatest interests was exploring differences and similarities of other cultures and he thought of himself as a citizen of the world.
After Rolando departed from the paper industry, he volunteered at the Crisis Center in Plattsburgh, did translating work for the court system, and was a Spanish Instructor at Plattsburgh State University. Rolando also spent many hours in his basement workshop where he produced original toys and gadgets, beautiful carvings, and lovely wood furniture.
Rolando is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Miranda, his son Ricardo Miranda, his daughter Victoria Doran (Scott Doran), his brother Jaime Miranda, and five grandchildren: Katelyn Doran, Andrew Doran, Benjamin Doran, Alessandra Miranda, and Gabriella Miranda. Rolando was predeceased by his father Francisco Javier Miranda, his mother Filomena Miranda, and his granddaughter Jessica Doran.
Rolando loved children and would delight in playing games with them until their smiles were revealed. He cherished his son, daughter and grandchildren, and supported them faithfully in their pursuits.
The Miranda family would welcome notes of remembrance sharing memories of Rolando. They may be sent to Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St., Plattsburgh, NY 12901. A celebration of Rolando's life is being planned for the future.
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Judy Phillips
Sep 05, 2019
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Judy Phillips
Sep 05, 2019
I was one of the lucky foreign students to be welcomed into your loving home, MaryJane from 1968-71. Rolando fashioned skis for us and taught us how to ski at Bear town. Nicki Shahideh and I had full run of the house, including your sewing machine to make curtains out of scraps. We had so many wonderful times with you , Vicky and Ricky..and have enjoyed keeping in touch all these years. So happy to have visited you both in 2017. Love Judy
richard pickering
Aug 22, 2019
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Louise Doran
Aug 20, 2019
Louise and Don Doran have fond memories of Rolando beginning with Beartown Board Meetings and then becoming family when our son Scott married his daughter Vicky and now we share precious grandchildren.
Michelle Gruetzmacher(Baker)
Aug 19, 2019
Hugs my friend , my heart is with you and your family during this difficult time. May the knowledge in knowing how much we care help heal this empty space in you lives. Till you meet again.❤️
Judith Ryan Higel
Aug 18, 2019
Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers during these difficult days. My favorite memory was to find you both staying at our hotel when I was on my honeymoon. We took a bus tour of the city and had such fun. Rolando sent beautiful flowers to me when we returned to our hotel! Loved his humor, a wonderful man who was so proud of his family. Love, Judy
Donna Wilmot Wattie
Aug 17, 2019
Mr. Miranda was such a lovely man. I was a first year nursing student and his wife was one of my instructors. I'd never been on skis before and this kind man took on the challenge of getting me up on skis at Beartown. I made it up 'part way' and came down successfully. He was so patient and a wonderful teacher. Mrs. Miranda, I am truly sorry for your loss but I know you are grateful for the beautiful years that you had together.
Mark Lesage
Aug 17, 2019
I will always remember the kind face framed by the snowy beard in the ski patrol brown jacket. Hotchocolate humpty dumpy bbq potato chips in the lodge helping me with my lace up ski boots. The Reyells owned the beartown ski area but he kept us safe taught us about rope tows t bars. Pretty much hard lessons of life while soaring down an icy hill. He was a great mentor as skiing was always a large part of my life. Thank you love you Miranda’s
Ann Miranda
Aug 16, 2019
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Robert McLaughlin
Aug 16, 2019
My deepest condolences to Mrs. Miranda, my college nursing professor and Ric my Plattsburgh High School collegue. It pains me to see such a wonderful family in mourning now. I hope your lifetime of memories may act to balance this grief.
Rick Roland
Aug 16, 2019
I always remembered your dad riding to work on his bike.....even before it was fashionable!
He and your mom were always there with a wave, a smile and a hello whenever I or my family passed by.
This world would be such a better place if we had more role models like your dad and mine.
R.I.P. Mr. Miranda
Steven Gerszberg
Aug 16, 2019
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Cathy and Steve Steele
Aug 16, 2019
Such a great man. You could always see him walking with his wife down the street. They were always so kind to our girls. RIP !!! Our heart and prayers go ou to the entire family