Miles Elliot Ludvigsen
(1965 - 2008)

Miles Elliot Ludvigsen

New York, United States of America
May 13, 1965

New York, United States of America
September 5, 2008

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Thanks, his sister Aari


Miles Eliot Ludvigsen, 43, of Chatham, died suddenly in his home on September 5th, 2008 of an internal hemorrhage.

Born May 13, 1965, in New York City, Miles was the son of Barbara Willner of Chatham and Karl Ludvigsen of Suffolk, England. He spent his youth in Pelham Manor and graduated from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Animation from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Miles was a lifelong artist with great facility in graphic arts, and was prolific and talented in painting, drawing, illustration and animation. He worked in television production in New York, design in Los Angeles, and vintage auto restoration in London, England. His paintings and drawings were exhibited at several galleries. In recent years Mies had begun writing fiction and he was at work on several novels at the time of his death. He was deeply intelligent with a laser-sharp memory, and was an exuberant, generous soul who was greatly devoted to his family.

Miles is survived by his mother and father; his sister, Aari Ludvigsen of New York City; his nephew, Simon Ludvigsen Gaines; his stepfather, Robert Willner of Chatham; his stepmother Annette Ludvigsen of Suffolk, England, and his sister-in-law, Barbara Gaines. Farfel and Frank will dearly miss him as well.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, September 10 at 11:30 a.m. at St. James Church, 129 Hudson Avenue, Chatham, with interment in Austerlitz Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by French, Giford, Preier & Blasl Funeral Home in Chatham.

Donations in Miles' memory may be made to NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, at or P.O. Box 759155, Baltimore, MD 21275-9155 or The Michael and Sophie Gaines Fund at Congregation Beth Simchat Torah at or 57 Bethune Street, NY, NY.

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That was a great segment on Letterman so any years ago. RIP
Ed Maceyko (fan)
April 27th, 2019
I am very saddened to hear about Miles. He was a senior at Brewster when I was a sophomore. He was, and I can say this without a moment of hesitation, the most creative person I have ever met. His mind was in constant motion thinking of creative ways of expression.

I can remember the time we drove back from Brewster for a holiday vacation in his Road Runner. That was an experience.

I remember one night watching Late Night with David Letterman, and Letterman had Miles draw a picture on the sidewalk.

He touched the hearts of so many with his energy, humor, and wit.
Hank Nusloch (friend from high school)
November 2nd, 2013
hi miles...happy b day.
michele lee (was girlfriend)
May 11th, 2013
Happy birthday Miles

Barbara Gaines (Sister-in-law)
May 13th, 2011
dear Aari, Thinking of you and sending you much love, especially today, on Miles' birthday. The portrait he did of infant Simon spoke volumes of his talent. (Of course, I only wish Simon had had a chance to get to know Miles.) I remember when you saw that amazing, double-arc rainbow in Chatham on... was it Miles' yahrzeit (or his b'day)? And that's the way I will always think of him. May he rest in peace.
Sarah Amelar (Friend)
May 13th, 2011
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"My darling son...I miss you and think of you constantly. You were an amazing and always surprising human being. Why did we loose you so soon in your life?"
Barbara Willner
August 21st, 2017
"I love you like, I love beefstew - you truely are a God Product now! Shine on you crazy diamond! Hope we will play again some day."
Lars Nordin
February 17th, 2011
"I will always have the best memories of you Miles.I feel sad that I just found out about your passing.I was looking at a piece of art you made for me 16 years ago and decided to google your name. You were always kind and soft spoken with more talent "
Chris Sutherland
February 3rd, 2010
"Miles was a good guy."
eric bonerz
June 18th, 2009
"Thinking of you today buddy."
March 5th, 2009
"Still can't believe you're gone. So sad."
Aari Ludvigsen
January 15th, 2009
"Miles, I'll always remember how gentle and gifted you were."
Sharon Saudino
January 15th, 2009
"May God bless you and keep you safe for ever and ever."
Annette Ludvigsen
November 26th, 2008
"Miles You are still a part of our life and our thoughts. We regret so much that we never had the opportunity to meet you. Felix, Baerbel, Frank und Annette Schnieder Osnabrueck (Germany)"
baerbel schnieder
November 24th, 2008
"It's been 12 weeks Miles and we miss you."
Barbara Gaines
November 15th, 2008


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