OBITUARY: John A. White, Jr., 95

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — John A. White, Jr., age 95, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on December 29, 2020.

John was born at home in Wilmington on July 8, 1925; he was the cherished son of the late John and Georgeanna White. John was raised and educated in Wilmington; he was part of a large and loving family of seven siblings who all grew up in their Glen Road homestead.

John felt the urge to be part of the “Greatest Generation” when he enlisted in the United States Army on July 6, 1943, serving our Country during World War II. John served as a Private for SCU 1275 beginning his active duty on July 23 1945. Following his honorable discharge in February of 1945, John return to his home and family in Wilmington.

In his early years, John, was known to be a character and a bit of a rebel, he had his pilots license and thought it would be a good idea to buzz over the family homestead just a little too close to the neighborhood houses while his Dad and Uncle Henry were out tending to the gardens; needless to say that was the end of his piloting career. He also had a fascination for fast cars and was always the first to volunteer to drive the midget racers for Bob Cain, Forest Dame, his brother-in-law Frank or anyone else who needed a driver. His passion and competitive spirit remained with him throughout his life-time and served him well in his career as a salesman.

John fell in love with Helen Elizabeth Huntley, fondly known as Liz to her family and friends, when he was a young man; the couple were soon inseparable. They built their dream home in Wilmington in 1958 and married in 1959; John and Liz shared many wonderful years together before her passing in July of 2011. When John and Liz became parents to their only child Eric he was over the moon; his son was his world and their wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for him. When Eric married his wife Michelle, John gained a “daughter” and soon he was blessed with his only grandchild Jocelyn who was the apple of her “Papa’s” eye; Family was so important to John and Liz, they always made time for their family and extended family cherishing the many great times they had together.

Prior to retiring, John, worked as a salesman for several Construction Equipment Companies but for many years he worked selling John Deere construction equipment. John’s outgoing personality and vast knowledge of his job made him a favorite among his clients as well as his co-workers.

John was a giver of his time and talents to help others; he was a member of the Friendship Lodge of Masons for over 70 years and a Shriner. John was always one of the first to volunteer to help anyone in need, he was involved in countless community events and fundraisers all for a good cause. He gave selflessly of his time, his knowledge, his talents, his kindness and friendship to everyone; he could work a room until he knew everyone in attendance.

In his spare time, John loved to vacation with Liz and his family in Florida where many wonderful memories were made. John will be fondly remembered as a social guy, with a bellowing personality and a great smile. He was always willing to go out of his way for his family and friends; he loved them with all his heart and he will forever be missed.

John was the beloved husband of the late Helen “Liz” (Huntley) White, devoted father of Eric White and his wife Michelle and loving “Papa” of his only grandchild Jocelyn White all of Wilmington. Cherished son of the late John A. and Georgeanna (Sanderson) White, dear brother of Charles White of Wakefield, NH, the late Violet Wood, George, Ernest, Robert and Richard White. John is further survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, January 2nd from 9:30-11:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Masks are required to be worn while in the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children – Boston, Attn: Development Office, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.

John A. White Jr.

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