George William White Jr., 82, tool and die maker and volunteer in Carroll

April 14, 2005|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

George William White Jr., a retired tool and die maker and Carroll County volunteer, died of heart failure Saturday at Carroll Lutheran Village. The Westminster resident was 82.

Mr. White was born in Baltimore and raised in Reisterstown and Bel Air. He cut short his education at Bel Air High School to help support his family.

During World War II, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served as an anti-aircraft gunner aboard naval vessels. He participated in the Eniwetok campaign in the Marshall Islands in 1944.

"He was left deaf in one ear by the guns, and years later we urged him to apply for medical benefits. He refused. He said that wasn't the reason why he joined the Marines, in order to `get benefits,'" said his daughter, Sherri-Le White Bream of Westminster.

In 1953, while operating his 100-acre farm near Westminster, Mr. White became a tool and die maker at the Black & Decker plant in Hampstead. He also worked weekends at a relative's gas station.

"Money was scarce in those days, and he did what he had to do to support his family," Mrs. Bream said.

Mr. White sold the farm in 1965 and continued working at Black & Decker until retiring in 1981.

In 1966, he returned to school and earned his General Educational Development certificate.

"He was so proud of it that he kept his certificate in his safe deposit box," his daughter said.

Mr. White believed in community service and was a longtime benefactor of what is now Carroll Hospital Center. He had been involved with the Carroll County 4-H program for nearly 40 years and was a longtime board member of the Carroll County Agriculture Center.

Mr. White was a past president and had been treasurer for more than 20 years of the Roaring Run Lions Club, where he helped develop its youth recreation park in Finksburg and coached baseball and softball teams. He coached the Orioles, a Babe Ruth League youth softball team, for many years, and was an avid golfer and member of Wakefield Valley Golf Club.

He was recognized in 1994 by the president of the International Lions Club for his leadership and service to the organization.

He was a member of the Westminster Elks Lodge, American Legion Carroll Post 31 and Stone Chapel United Methodist Church.

Mr. White's wife of 43 years, the former Hilda Jean Stonesifer, died in 1992.

A memorial service was held yesterday.

Surviving, in addition to his daughter, are a son, George W. "Gus" White III of Frederick; two sisters, Kathleen Schleicher of Pasadena and Norman Madden of Wittman; a stepsister, Joan Bixler of Lancaster, Pa.; and two grandchildren.

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