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GREGORY WHITE

GREGORY WHITE

Born: October 5th, 1925

Passed on: July 19th, 2016

Today, July 19, 2016, another good man died.
He was born on Oct. 5, 1925, to Florence and Eddie White of Inverness.
Papa moved to New Waterford to work in the mines after being laid off at General Motors in Windsor, Ont., where he developed a love of car mechanics. After the mines closed in Inverness, and his mother had to go to the T.B. sanatorium, he helped his father keep the family together. He became a breadwinner at an early age and looked after his parents until their deaths.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Gerald ‘Tonto’ and Joe; sisters, Marie and Kathleen as well as a nephew, Jerry.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa (MacPherson/Doucette) and step-children, Tish (Russell) MacKinnon, Frank Doucette and Ray (Judy) Doucette who loved him as a father; his grandchildren who knew him as papa include, Gregory MacKinnon, Jenna (Harry) Doucette, Erin Doucette, Steven Peters, as well as, Kris (Laura) Doucette, Jesslyn (B.J.) Richardson and Laura Doucette; great-grandchildren, Jemma, Charley, Tiana, Kaitlyn and Ayden.
Also surviving, sisters in-law, Beatrice White, Mary Ann White, Chris George, Lorraine Burke, Carmel Timmins; brother in-law, Vince MacPherson; nephews, Paul, Roger, Jerry, Daniel; nieces, Barbara, Rose, Jo-Ann, Marilynn and Geraldine.
He had a passion for Scottish music. While in Windsor, he was a regular at ‘sessions’ where his friend Dan R. MacDonald played and composed tunes. Dan R. would tell those present, Greg was the only man he knew who could whistle a tune in B. Flat. In the end, George Jones, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson ‘the three brothers from New Brunswick’ would help his family settle him at bed time while he struggled with his dementia. It was a tape he made years ago and he always asked who made that tape and would shake his head in disbelief and smile. The family lost their struggle to keep him home and were blessed when they had to give him up to a new family at Celtic Court in Sydney, where he resided the last 6 months of his life. There are no words to express our gratitude for their care and understanding.
Papa was a jack of all trades, building porches in Inverness when he was 9 years old. He was proud to have built his own home. Even in his dementia, he could be seen trying to figure out how something was put together. If he missed a shift the men would ask “Where’s Greg White”. Buried twice, he often told the story of the stone on his chest. He lived a good life and tried hard never to offend or judge any other man. He had to stop going to church when he was 85.
We would like to acknowledge thanks publicly to Fr. Fred Morley for the last sacrament Friday. Father admitted he was 3 years older than papa who was 90.
Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2016, from 2-3 p.m. followed directly by a chapel service at 3 p.m. with Deacon Leo Penny officiating. Ashes interred at a later date.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McLellan Brothers Funeral Home, 3183 Plummer Ave., New Waterford, 902-862-7500.
To send online condolences go to: www.mclellanfuneralhome.com.
We thank GOD he is finally free.


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