Walter P. White

February 3, 2001

White – in Woburn, February 3rd , 2001, Walter P. Beloved husband of the late Ruth (Farr) White. Devoted father of Sharon M. Scarvalas and her husband Gary of Hudson and Dennis G. White and his wife Maura of Woburn. Brother of the late Richard, Robert, and Raymond White and the late Barbara Ward. Also survived by five grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street (Route 38), WOBURN, on Wednesday, February 7th at 9:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Calling hours Tuesda 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Walter’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Disease Assn., 36 Cameron Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140. Late Marine Corps veteran, WW II, Late Athletic Director, Woburn High School.

Walter P. White of Woburn passed away on Saturday, February 3rd, 2001, following a lengthy illness. The devoted husband of the late Ruth (Farr) White, he was eighty years of age.

Born in Arlington, he was the son of the late Richard and Mary (Hennessy) White. Educated in the Arlington Schools , he graduated from Arlington High School and was reputed to be one of the greatest football players in Massachusetts.

After graduation he attended Worcester Academy Prep School where he was voted the most outstanding student of the graduating class. He continued his education at Colgate University, distinguishing himself as a valued athlete as well as a top honor student. Immediately following graduation, Walter enlisted in the Marine Corps during World War II serving in the Pacific, notably in the Solomon Islands, Ryukyu Islands and China. He engaged the enemy on Okinawa Shima and was decorated for bravery with the Presidential Citation along with a special commendation from the Corps for “Total disregard of his own life for his actions far above the call of duty”.

Soon after his discharge in 1946, he secured employment in the Woburn School System as a dedicated teacher and coach, serving as an assistant and varsity football coach and later as Director of Physical Education and Athletics. In 1988, Walter was inducted into the Massachusetts High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame. His leadership qualities combined with the Woburn administration helped recognize Woburn as one of the best high school sports programs in the state.

Walter was a member in numerous professional and social organizations, including the Massachusetts and National Teachers Association, Mass Athletic Directors Association, Mass. Athletic Directors and Football Coaches Associations, in which he served in many capacities and was the recipient of numerous awards during his tenure. Since his retirement in 1982, Walter dedicated his time as President of the Woburn Retired Teachers Association, facilitating numerous social events for his former colleagues. In the community, he was a Life Member in the Woburn Elks, VFW, Knights of Columbus, and the Lions Club.

In addition to his wife Ruth, Walter was predeceased by his brothers, Robert, Richard and Raymond White, and his sister, Barbara Ward.

Surviving him are his son, Dennis and his wife Maura of Woburn and daughter Sharon M. Scarvalas and her husband Gary of Hudson, New Hampshire, and five loving grandchildren, Jason, Joseph, Vanessa, Marshall and Madison.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, February 7th, at 9:15 a.m. followed by a funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn.

Calling hours at the funeral home are Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Expressions of sympathy in Walter’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Disease Association, 36 Cameron Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140.


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