Wrisley Funeral Home
90 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield, MA 01373
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Robert C. White

Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 30, 4-7 pm at the Wrisley Funeral Home, 90 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield, MA. A service of remembrance for Bob will be on Saturday, Jan 31, at 3 pm at Immanual Lutheran Church, 867 N. Pleasant St., Amherst, MA

Robert C. White, 83, died January 25, 2015 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

 

Bob was born in Richmond Hill, NY, to Robert and Ruth White. At a young age the family moved to Ramsey, NJ where he attended school until he transferred to what is now known as Northfield Mount Hermon School in MA. Bob then enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served during the Korean Conflict as a medic aboard aircraft carriers. During this time he married Faith Murray, a long-time friend of his sister, and they enjoyed 62 years together. A lifelong learner, after naval service he continued his education and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maine, a Master’s Degree from Westfield State University and an Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts. Bob joined the Springfield, MA public school system in 1959 teaching English and General Science before moving to Guidance Counselor positions at the junior and senior high school levels. In 1969 he moved to the University of Massachusetts as an Educational Placement Officer and served in several other student affairs positions before taking early retirement in 1988. At that time, using skills and licenses acquired over the years, he started his own business, Quail Consulting, for which he worked until poor health intervened last September.   Bob was a long time believer in community service and in 1967 was named the Outstanding Young Man of the Year in Westfield, MA. Bob was a Red Cross Volunteer for almost 70 years starting when he helped his mother roll bandages during World War II. He was past Chair of the Hampshire County Chapter, Chair of the Building Committee, active on the regional level for years, working to affect several key transitions, including the 2008 merger between the Hampshire and Pioneer Valley Chapters. He founded the Red Cross Blood Program at UMass which became the largest single source of blood in the New England Region, as well as donating gallons of blood himself. He was someone respected by all who knew him and possessed the rare talent of being able to hold a different viewpoint from another person and still leave them feeling heard and respected.   Other organizations that he was involved in are too numerous to mention. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. In 1999 Bob and Faith left their home on the hill in North Amherst for flatter land in Sunderland.   There he continued serving the community on the local cable committee and the Sunderland Elementary and Frontier Regional school committees. Proud of his naval service, he helped plan and enjoyed many reunions with fellow shipmates over the years. He loved touring on his Honda motorcycle with his wife, Faith, and was a member of the Patriot Guard motorcycle unit attending funerals of deceased veterans.   He enjoyed playing pool with friends and family. An active alum of Northfield Mount Hermon, Bob was busy planning his 65th reunion next June.

 

Besides his wife, Faith, Bob is survived by his son, Robert, his wife Linda and grandchildren Jennifer and Robert; daughter Janet Picha and husband K.C. and grandchildren Kallan and Kyle; son Richard, his wife Rita and grandchildren Elizabeth, Jeffrey and Rebekka; and daughter Deborah Warrick, her partner Leigh Baxter, and grandchildren Gregory and Rachel; sisters Ruth Korth and husband Edward and Betty Mengel and husband Bruce (with whom he enjoyed hunting deer in VA every fall), as well as many nieces and nephews.

 

Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 30, 4-7 pm at the Wrisley Funeral Home, 90 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield, MA. A service of remembrance for Bob will be on Saturday, Jan 31, at 3 pm at Immanual Lutheran Church, 867 N. Pleasant St., Amherst, MA. Contributions in Bob’s memory may be made to the American Red Cross of Western Massachusetts, 150 Brookdale Drive,Springfield,MA. 01104

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