George W. White, age 71, of Granville passed away Friday evening, June 12, 2009, at Rutland (Vt.) Regional Medical Center.
He was born Nov. 13, 1937, in Granville, the son of the late Everest Temple White and Irene Williams White.
George graduated from Granville High School in 1955 and continued to work with his father on the family dairy farm. He married his childhood sweetheart, the former Darlene Roberts, on Feb. 25, 1956. They celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary together this year.
George was intent on ensuring the success of the dairy farm. In 1957 he attended and graduated from Otto Schnering College in Chicago as herd technician for the Pure-Bred Dairy Cattle Association. George’s love of mechanics was born at this time as he made his own repairs on the farm equipment. His farming business was very successful, but due to an unfortunate fire that claimed both barns, he decided to take a position with the state of New York as a corrections officer in Matteawan State Prison in Beacon. He eventually transferred to Great Meadow Correctional Facility in Comstock.
George’s entrepreneurial spirit was evident in several business ventures. In the mid 1960s he entered into the slate business where he quarried red slate for several years. In the early 1970s, George had the opportunity to co-own the “Auto-Haus” garage onRiver Street
in Hudson Falls. He eventually owned the business outright where he dealt with all makes and models of foreign and domestic cars.
When customers would ask if he could fix their vehicles, he would smile and reply, “I can fix anything but a broken heart.” Unfortunately, rheumatoid arthritis struck him, forcing him to close his business. Relief came briefly after a year, allowing him to return to the auto repair business at a garage onNorth Street
in Granville. Once again, customers sought his expertise for their automotive repair needs. However, this business venture was also abandoned due to the ravages of arthritis.
Seeking employment that would accommodate his physical capabilities, George obtained a position as a Small Engine Repair instructor at the Washington Correctional Prison in Comstock, successfully instituting an inmate apprenticeship program. He was employed there from July 1985 to December 1990 when he retired with perfect attendance despite his health affliction, an accomplishment of which he was very proud.
As he was a sports fan, George truly enjoyed coaching his sons in Little League and rooting for his favorite football teams. He was a member of numerous pool leagues in which he won many trophies. He also enjoyed building and flying model airplanes. He was a very intelligent man who was an avid reader and enjoyed the challenge of difficult crossword puzzles. He loved good people, good food, and good conversation. His witty remarks and playful joking will be treasured in the hearts of his loved ones, especially his grandchildren whom he enjoyed teasing unmercifully.
George’s world was centered upon the love he felt and the well-being he desired for his wife and family. This love was reciprocated, as shown by the care given to him throughout his battle with ill-health by his doting wife.
Besides his parents, George was predeceased by one son, Robert “Ted” White, one brother Charles N. White, and three sisters: Shirley Myott, Phyllis Geer, and Grace Somich.
Survivors include his loving wife and his children, Dale White and his wife, Stephany, of Grovetown, Ga., and their children Avalon, Ash and Sean, Charles White and his wife, Patti, of Hudson Falls and their children Charlee and Ethan, Nancy Waite and her husband, Timothy, of West Pawlet, Vt., and their daughters Kristi and Sierra Waite, and Chelsea Hogan and her husband, Kyle, Irene Giroux and her husband, Allan, of Hollis Center, Maine, and their son Corey; one sister, Jean Farrell of Fort Edward; one brother-in-law, Michael Roberts of Baldwinsville; as well as several nieces and nephews.
The funeral was held on Thursday, June 18, at the Robert M King Funeral Home,23 Church St. Granville, N.Y.
Calling hours were held Wednesday, June 17, at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Granville Rescue Squad, POB 153, Granville, N.Y. 12832 or the Arthritis Foundation.