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William White, Jr.

Born: Tue., Mar. 5, 1929
Died: Fri., Jul. 17, 2020


Funeral Service

Location: Private


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William White, beloved husband of 67 years to Claire J White passed away in New Bedford Ma.  on July 17, 2020 of natural causes. 

 

Son of the late William G White and Mary (Fanny) Perry White of Portugal, Bill was born on 3-5-1929 in New Bedford Massachusetts. 

 

Bill served as an Army Corporal first armored division during the Korean Conflict as a Half-Track Commander and Battle Plan Draftsman.   He returned from service to marry his beloved wife Claire and raise their four sons in Lakeville Ma. Where he has been a resident for 57 years.  He had been a lifetime member of St Martha and Mary’s Parish in Lakeville. 

 

Bill retired from a lengthy career as a sewing machine mechanic at States Nitewear in New Bedford. 

 

He enjoyed multiple hobbies including sixty-three years singing as a Barbershop Quartet Tenor.   His Quartet “Nauticle Notes” received the honor of District Champions while performing in multiple local and national competitions. They were featured performers at Fenway Park and multiple times including Fenway’s 40th Anniversary.  They also performed several times at the Hatch Shell with the Boston Pops.  He was a member of “The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America.”  This Society is an advocate for our disabled population and the Quartet was proud to begin every rehearsal and every performance with the song “We Sing That They Shall Speak”. 

 

Bill participated as a semi pro football player and remained an enthusiastic and devoted fan of the New England Patriots throughout his life. 

 

As an avid lover of nature Bill spent his time as an artist carving beautiful replicas of animals, birds and sea creatures of all types.  He shared his passion for the simple things in life including hunting, fishing, camping and gardening and his family will continue to benefit from his knowledge and wisdom.  

 

Bill will be sorely missed and is survived by his beloved wife Claire, sons, Bill, Jim, Dave, Brian and two daughters in laws, Sue and Debbie.  He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Holly, Jason, Kristi, Sara, Ryan, Caitlyn, Tommy and Andy, and seven great grandchildren, Julien, Garret, Zachary, Joey, Arianna, Will and Kacy. 

 

In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to “The Wounded Warriors Foundation” in Bill’s honor. 

 

 

 

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