Thomas J. “Bud” White, Sr.

December 11, 2011

U.S. Veteran

US Navy

World War II Veteran

THOMAS J. “BUD” WHITE, SR. – Ret. Captain, Woburn Fire Department, in East Wakefield, NH, formerly of Woburn, December 11th. Beloved husband of Eileen M. (Pero) White. Devoted father of Thomas J. White, Jr. and his wife Mamie and Lawrence White and his wife Karen, all of Woburn, Paula Dougherty and her husband Joe of E. Wakefield, NH, Denise Smalley and her husband Dave of Manchester, NH, Richard White and his wife Linda of Westminster, MD, Jean Timperley and her husband Bob of Senoia, GA, Ronald White of Tewksbury, and the late Donna Carroll. Dear brother of Joyce Chassé of Derry, NH, Ruth Burbine of Reading, and the late Doris Howell, Evelyn White, Pauline Davis, and Ethel Gorman. Also survived by 17 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday, December 15th at 11:30 a.m. Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 12 noon. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home Thursday morning from 9 to 11:30 a.m., prior to the Mass. Interment will be private. Donations may be made in Mr. White’s memory to the VNA Hospice of Southern Carroll County, 240 South Main Street, Wolfeboro, NH 03894.

OBITUARY:

Thomas J. “Bud” White, Sr., a retired Captain with the Woburn Fire Department, passed away peacefully at his home in East Wakefield, New Hampshire on Sunday, December 11th, surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of Eileen M. (Pero) White for over sixty-seven years.

Born on Christmas Day nearly ninety-two years ago, he was one of seven children of the late George A. and Margaret A. (Quinn) White. He was raised and educated in Reading and was a proud veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy. He married Eileen Pero in September of 1944 and they settled in the South End of Woburn, where they raised their family of eight children.

In June of 1947, Tom, who was better known as “Bud,” was appointed to the Woburn Fire Department. He rose through the ranks over his distinguished career, and retired as a Captain in 1979 after over thirty-one years of service to the City of Woburn.

Following his retirement, he and his wife took up residence in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. A true outdoorsman, he loved hunting, camping, and snowmobiling. He especially enjoyed hunting with his fellow firefighters, his sons and their friends. His passion for snowmobiling led him to travel with family and friends throughout the Northeast as well as Canada and Yellowstone Park. Until just a year ago, he was an active member for over thirty years of the Seven Lakes Snowmobiling Club in New Hampshire. Earlier in life he and his family spent a great deal of time camping in their motor home, with frequent trips to Florida.

Above all, Mr. White was a devoted husband, father, and beloved “Grampy” to his many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and more recently his great-great-grandchildren. He always looked forward to their visits to the lake, where many happy memories were made.

Preceding him in death was a daughter, Donna Carroll, and four sisters: Doris Howell, Evelyn White, Pauline Davis, and Ethel Gorman.

Along with his wife Eileen, he is survived by seven children: Thomas J. White, Jr. and his wife Mamie and Lawrence White and his wife Karen, all of Woburn, Paula Dougherty and her husband Joe of E. Wakefield, NH, Denise Smalley and her husband Dave of Manchester, NH, Richard White and his wife Linda of Westminster, MD, Jean Timperley and her husband Bob of Senoia, GA, and Ronald White of Tewksbury. He also leaves two sisters, Joyce Chassé of Derry, NH and Ruth Burbine of Reading, 17 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday, December 15th at 11:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 12 noon.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home Thursday morning from 9 to 11:30 a.m., prior to the Mass. Interment will be private.

Donations may be made in Mr. White’s memory to the VNA Hospice of Southern Carroll County, 240 South Main Street, Wolfeboro, NH 03894.

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  1. To the White Family,
    May you remember all the wonderful times that the family had with “Grampy,” and hold the memories close to your hearts. Our deepest sympathy to the family. He was a wonderful man.

  2. Chris and Mary Zagajeski

    Dear White family,

    We were so saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

    He was such a dear man, one that taught many life lessons. What we will always remember about him was his gift of giving of himself; quietly helping whomever was in need.

    How great was that! We feel honored to have known him, and we are sure that those special gifts that he possessed will live through all of you.

    With our deepest sympathy,

    Chris and Mary

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