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John A. White, Jr.

December 30th, 2020

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.

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7 Entries in Guest Book for “John A. White, Jr.”

  1. JUDSON MILLER says:

    Eric, Michelle, and Jocelyn….There are no words that can express how deeply saddened I am to hear of John’s passing.

    He was a true gentleman and will be missed by all who knew him.

    The Whites and Bakers were neighbors forever and family too.

    May he rest in Peace.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time of great loss.

    Sending hugs and love to you.

    J.W. and family

  2. Gayle says:

    My name is Gayle and I’m a cashier at Wilmington market basket. I’m so sorry for the loss of your dad he was one of my many favorites who always came in my line. He became a great friend loved talking to him. So sorry

  3. Mike Shay says:

    On an afternoon in June 1978 John saved my life.
    I was 17 years old at the time and crashed my scooter at the railroad tracks on Federal St.
    John arrived at the scene and pulled me off of the tracks as a train was coming.I woke up in the hospital not knowing what had happened.

    About 35 years later I was having coffee with the crew at Dunk’s in the Lucci’s parking lot and John came to us and said you’re Mike Shay!
    The last time I saw you, you were laying on the railroad tracks.
    I had to pull you off them because a train was coming and you were about to get run over and it wasn’t easy because you were a big guy!

    Everybody in the parking lot started laughing…We reminisced for a while. I got to tell him the foolishness of the day that lead to the crash and that I didn’t get to go to the Jr. prom
    and I got to thank him for what he did.

    After that I would see him at Market Basket, Elia’s or wherever and I would thank him for his actions that day. He brought me to his home to see his prized pair of Willys trucks. He was a wonderful man and I wish that I knew him longer.

    John White saved my life and like most of his generation he didn’t want or expect anything from it. He just wanted to help.

    God Bless you sir! And thank you one more time.

  4. Mark Nelson says:

    John was a Great Man and a True Friend, he was truly an honest, smart man that helped anyone and everyone all the time. He would often visit and we would talk for hours, proud to call him my good friend. Johnny RIP

  5. Frank West says:

    Karen and I are saddened to hear of John’s passing. We had many talks when I was on the Board of Selectmen. He was a very caring man and had concerns about many issues in the town. God bless John now and always. Karen and Frank West

  6. Lennie Malvone says:

    Eric, Michele, And Jocelyn I just found out about your dad Please accept my deepest sympathies, and know Mr White is in my prayers \. I will always remember when I first came to Wilmington meeting your dad and having a conversation like we had known each other for 100 years

  7. Louise Henderson Cain says:

    Grace (Dame) Santo says Johnny and I were childhood friends and enjoyed seeing each other around town. He was a great guy and friend to my late husband, Frank.

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