Frank A. White Jr.

October 28, 2020

Frank A. White Jr.
U.S. Veteran

Army

Korean Conflict

Frank A. White Jr. – of Woburn, peacefully, October 28th at the age of ninety-one. Beloved husband of Christine M. (Ross) White. Devoted father of Mary Jennings, her husband Richard of Wakefield, Maureen Leone, her husband Michael of Wakefield, Brian White, his wife Joanne of Henrietta, NY, Mark White, his wife Jamie of Rhode Island, Matthew White, his wife Samantha of Woburn, and the late Francis A. White III, his wife Julie of Osterville. Loving brother of Paul White, his late wife Lorraine of Woburn, Barbara Cooper, her husband Bennie of New Hampshire, and the late Rita Burt, her late husband Allison. Cherished grandfather of Garrett and Brendan White, Andrew, Elizabeth, Matthew, and Christopher Jennings, Andrew and Kyle Leone, Keegan and Madison White, Emily and Camryn White, Sophie and Abigail White. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.  Relatives and friends are invited to briefly pay their respects on Monday, November 2nd at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn. Those who are 65 and older or experiencing any health problems are invited to come between 3-4 p.m., with the general public invited between 4-6 p.m. All attending are asked to enter through the front door of the funeral home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing.  Due to current health crisis, the Funeral Mass will be private.  In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Frank A White, Jr. to support cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute P.O. Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284 or via www.dana-farber.org/gift.

Frank A. White Jr. – of Woburn, died peacefully, October 28th at the age of ninety-one. He was the beloved husband and best friend of 44 years to Christine M. (Ross) White.

Born in Medford, Frank was the loving son of Frank A. And Marie A. (Carle) White. He was educated in Medford and attended Medford High School.

For over 39 years, Frank’s role as the Parts Manager for Knox Brothers in Somerville was instrumental in growing the dealership to largest wholesale parts provider on the eastern seaboard. He was known for running a very tight, organized distribution center. Frank was also elected as President of the Eastern Regional Chrysler Parts Manager Club.

When Knox Dodge closed it’s doors, Frank then began his second career in 1992 at Dynamik Sports located Reading MA. Many patrons knew Frank as the “old guy that sharpens skates”. However, Frank worked with the Doherty family to grow the business into a recognized leader of high school, club, and collegiate sports equipment supplier. Frank enjoyed working with the vendors, managing the finances, and building the clients until he retired in March 2020.

It was at a young age that Frank developed his love of cars. He often noted that he skipped school in order to work at his father’s garage know as White’s Garage on Sharon Street in West Medford.  He fondly remembered trips to Maine with his brother, Paul and two sisters, Rita and Barbara. These were long drives on backroads where they would visit their uncle’s camp in Sanford, ME

Frank served in the Korean War where he was stationed in Germany. It was there he met his best friend, Bob Harron. Under Bob’s recommendation, Frank and his first wife, Martha, decided to settle their family into a new home in Woburn, MA in 1960.  

To bond with family early Sunday mornings, Frank enlisted his children to deliver over 200 Sunday Boston Globes by 10:30am.  Early morning pickups from Moore & Parker and then a treat at the Donut Kitchen in Woburn Square were on the docket every Sunday morning by 6AM.

After the passing of his first wife in 1975, Frank was lucky enough to find another love, Christine. They recently celebrated 44 years of marriage. After adopting Frank’s four children, Frank and Chris grew the family with two more sons. Frank would be very proud to note he has fourteen grandchildren.

One of Frank’s largest passion was hockey.  In fact, Frank developed the love for hockey even though skating was not his forte one bit. He became Involved with Woburn Youth Hockey beginning in 1968 and served on the Board of Directors through 1991. Frank (along with Chris on his side) especially loved running Monday Night Bingo fundraiser at the Boys & Girls Club in Woburn. He traveled near and far as a hockey parent and equipment manager participating in national tournaments under USA Hockey. Frank dedicated time to Eastern Mass Senators Hockey Club from inception in early 1990’s.  Most important Frank spent any time he could at rinks as he truly loved watching his sons (and grandsons) play!!!

Frank had broad variety of interests. He was lifetime member of BPOE Woburn Lodge of Elks # 908, an avid collector of coins, glassware, and scratch tickets. He had a fondness for slot machines and seafood towers. Recent openings of local casinos (especially visiting the Encore) kept his passion alive. His love of food was not limited to dining out – he thrived on the family gatherings – especially cooking deviled eggs, meatballs, and seafood bisque.

Needless to say, Frank and Chris were always somewhere – whether it be making sure they were at all the grandchildrens’ events, attending the latest restaurant openings, outlet shopping, hosting all the holiday dinners, or enjoying time with family at the Cape Cottage. 

During this past year Frank’s news of pancreatic cancer didn’t stop Frank’s love of life. It’s not often you can have 91-year-old receive a chemo treatment and then plan to visit a casino the next day.

Although he walked humbly through life, Frank was always quick to share the pride of his family.  Kind, quiet, and compassionate – we will miss him dearly.Beloved husband of Christine M. (Ross) White. Devoted father of Mary Jennings, her husband Richard of Wakefield, Maureen Leone, her husband Michael of Wakefield, Brian White, his wife Joanne of Henrietta, NY, Mark White, his wife Jamie of Rhode Island, Matthew White, his wife Samantha of Woburn, and the late Francis A. White III, his wife Julie of Osterville. Loving brother of Paul White, his late wife Lorraine of Woburn, Barbara Cooper, her husband Bennie of New Hampshire, and the late Rita Burt, her late husband Allison. Cherished grandfather of Garrett and Brendan White, Andrew, Elizabeth, Matthew, and Christopher Jennings, Andrew and Kyle Leone, Keegan and Madison White, Emily and Camryn White, Sophie and Abigail White. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.  

Relatives and friends are invited to briefly pay their respects on Monday, November 2nd at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn. Those who are 65 and older or experiencing any health problems are invited to come between 3-4 p.m., with the general public invited between 4-6 p.m. All attending are asked to enter through the front door of the funeral home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing.  Due to current health crisis, the Funeral Mass will be private.  In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Frank A White, Jr. to support cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute P.O. Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284 or via www.dana-farber.org/gift.

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Relatives and friends are invited to briefly pay their respects on Monday, November 2nd at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn. Those who are 65 and older or experiencing any health problems are invited to come between 3-4 p.m., with the general public invited between 4-6 p.m. All attending are asked to enter through the front door of the funeral home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing.  Due to current health crisis, the Funeral Mass will be private.  In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Frank A White, Jr. to support cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute P.O. Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284 or via www.dana-farber.org/gift.

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  1. So sorry to hear of Franks passing. Always such a pleasant hockey gentleman. See you at the rink in heaven. Prayers to the White family during this difficult time.

    Sincerely,
    Kevin McDonough

  2. Hi Matt and family;

    We would just like to say that we were sad to hear of the passing of your Dad. I know this is a very hard time for all family and friends as I am sure he will be greatly missed. What you will always have are the fond memories of all the special times and things you did together over the years. It is those things that you share with one another will live on in your hearts forever.
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time!

    Al & Joy Foss

  3. I don’t know you I’m so sorry to hear about your husband passing he is now Resting in peace may god be with you and your family you are all in my prays Always remember the good times you had with him

  4. Ellie Nagle Chute

    I am so sorry to read this . Chris and family Mark and Matty May Dad RIP a Great man ❤️

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