Gordon L. White

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Fairlee, Vt. — Gordon L. White, 87, of Ackerman Lane died peacefully on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Born on Sept. 3, 1930, in Concord, Vt., he was the son of Guy E. and Maud F. (Ash) White.

Gordon grew up in Orange County, Vt. and was a 1949 graduate of Thetford Academy. During high school, he loved playing baseball where he played shortstop for the majority of his career. After graduation, on a cold day in Burlington, Vt., he attended a tryout for the St. Louis Cardinals where he suffered a strained shoulder ending any major league dreams. He continued playing legion baseball and in various leagues throughout his life in the military.

He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1951, a career that spanned a total of 23 years. He served in many roles including radar operator in Greenland and in Alaska and became a Mechanic for the balance of his career including tours of duty in Okinawa (twice), Louisiana, South Carolina, Michigan, and many other locations.

Gordon married Janet (Farnham) White on Oct. 14, 1956.

After an honorable discharge from the US Air Force, he moved to Franklin, Mass. He was employed for many years as a fork-lift truck mechanic at General Motors in Framingham, Mass. Throughout the 1970’s and 80’s, he was busy raising his family, and always encouraged his sons to give their best effort at whatever they do from academics, to sports. He retired from GM in 1988.

In 2000, he moved to Fairlee, Vt. He enjoyed spending his days riding his bike and walking around the golf course at Lake Morey, frequenting the Fairlee Diner with friends, cruising in his Chevy Monte Carlo, and attending Dartmouth College football games in the fall. He especially loved spending time with his family and grandchildren all of whom he was extremely proud. He was also very active with the Thetford Academy Alumni Association.

He leaves former wife, Janet White; and their four sons: Michael White of Lebanon, N.H., Alan White and wife, Kimberly, of West Fairlee, Vt., Randy White and wife, Jennifer, of Grantham, N.H., David White and wife, Julia, of Grantham, N.H.; six grandchildren: Zachary, Cassandra, Brenna, Bryan, Ashley, and Brandon; two sisters: Lorraine Pearson of Paisley, Fla., Joyce Farnham and husband, Keith, of Marietta, Ga.; sister-in-law, Barbara White, of Tuscan, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Milton White, of Tuscan, Ariz., and brother-in-law, John Pearson of West Fairlee.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Hale Funeral Home, 187 Upper Plain, Bradford, Vt. Rev Richard Hodge will officiate. Burial will be in the spring at Post Mills Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Thetford Academy Alumni Association, PO Box 99, Thetford, VT 05074.

Online guestbook at www.halefuneralhomes.com.