OGDENSBURG -- A Mass of Christian Burial for Deacon John L. White, age 67, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday (February 2, 2019) at St. Mary’s Cathedral with Rev. Joseph Morgan officiating. Burial will be in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held on Friday (Feb 1) from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Deacon White passed away on Tuesday (Jan 29, 2019) surrounded by his loving family. Arrangements are with the Fox & Murray Funeral Home.
Surviving is his wife Mary Lou; a son Justin White & his wife Jessica of Heuvelton; a daughter Jillian White of LaBelle FL; grandchildren Ryleigh White, Alan Johnson, Luke Johnson & Niko Newson; two brothers Louis White of Vernon NY and James White & his wife Patricia of Sylvan Beach along with many nieces & nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother Thomas White; two sisters Irene Burns & Ellen White and a sister-in-law Barrie White.
Deacon White was born on October 19, 1951 in Ogdensburg, a son of the late Philip & Catherine (Pilon) White. He graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in 1969 and continued his education at Jefferson Community College and SUNY Brockport where he earned a Bachelor’s degree. He later married Mary Lou Farrell on September 4, 1982 at St. Mary’s Cathedral.
During his career he worked as a dairy farmer in Lisbon, bartender in Ogdensburg, Therapy Aid and Director of Personnel and Human Resources at Sun Mount Developmental Center in Tupper Lake until 2011.
In September of 2009, he was ordained a Catholic Deacon at St. Mary’s Cathedral. His diocesan appointments included Associate Director of Deacon Formation; Public Policy Council of the NYS Catholic Conference; Director of Deacon Formation; and Spiritual Director of the Ogdensburg Curia of the Legion of Mary. Deacon White was also a Chaplain for the Knights of Columbus and sat on the ethics board for Claxton Hepburn Medical Center.
John enjoyed golfing, gardening, ministry and spending time with his grandchildren.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary’s Cathedral - 415 Hamilton St; Ogdensburg, NY 13669 or the Martin’s Club Fieldhouse “Knights of Columbus” 721 Hasbrouck St; Ogdensburg, NY 13669.
Condolences and fond memories can also be shared online at www.foxandmurrayfuneralhome.com.