William J. White Jr. died December 18 in Longmont, Colorado, where he had resided since 2010. Bill was born in South Ozone Park, Queens, New York and moved upstate to Coxsackie in 1943, where he attended Coxsackie High School. In 1951 he graduated from Manhattan College majoring in finance and labor management. He served in the United States in the US Army Finance Corps during the Korean conflict. In 1954 he married Mary Kathryn Kruse of Richmond Hill, NY, and moved to Coxsackie where he worked alongside his father as a salesperson at American Valve Manufacturing Corp, becoming the company’s general manager. In 1984 Bill started a new company, Guardian Security Systems, Inc. and in 1985 bought Corin Security, Inc. He retired in 1999. With their growing family, Bill and Mary moved to Catskill in 1961 and raised four accomplished children in a beautiful, century-old home, Stillwood, on the banks of the Hudson River. A natural master builder, Bill never tires of concocting household chores for his children who fondly and humorously remember endless hours spent mowing the lawn, raking leaves, shoveling snow, painting fences, stacking stones and “holding the light”. Starting as a young man in Coxsackie, Bill began a life of public service and volunteerism by becoming the founding president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. After moving to Catskill, Bill continued to serve on numerous boards and commissions, including the Catskill Village Recreation Commission, was a founding member of the Greene County ARC, was founding chairman of the Greene County Planning Board, served as chairman from the administration board. of Greene County Memorial Hospital, was Finance Chairman of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany School Board and a parent council member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Central High School. He has served as a diocesan representative for the NYS Federation of Catholic School Parents. Despite these endless hours of community service, Bill rarely missed his children’s school activities or sporting events. In 2000, he and Mary moved to Sleepy Hollow Lake, a small lakeside community north of Catskill, where he served on the Sleepy Hollow Lake voting and election committee and the rules committee. In 2005, he was appointed Chairman of the Coxsackie Planning Council. He volunteered at the Coxsackie Food Pantry and was an avid bridge player. Always an adventurer, Bill obtained his private pilot’s license in 1983 and, on his 85th birthday in 2011, fulfilled his lifelong dream of skydiving, earning him the nickname “Wild Bill”. Bill and Mary have traveled extensively, both in the United States and across the seven continents, ambitiously seeking any opportunity to try a local specialty. He enjoyed a good costume party, appeared as Puck in a London Elderhostel production, danced with Aborigines in Australia, was a “background artist” in “War of the Worlds” with Tom Cruise. Put simply, Bill has made the most of his life. For several years her daughter, Joey, had urged her parents to move to Colorado and in October 2010 they said goodbye to their friends and family on the East Coast and moved to Longmont. Bill joined St. John the Baptist Parish and became a food bank volunteer. He played Bridge at Senior Center and also joined a Duplicate game at Loveland. After a few years, he founded a Duplicate Bridge group in Longmont with four players. The squad always meets on Fridays and now has seven tables of 28 players who care about the game and others. With his wife, he became a friend of the Longmont Museum and a participant in the activities of the Senior Center. Bill is survived by his beloved wife, daughter, Mary Jo, and husband, Stephen Loyd, of Boulder, CO; three sons, Jonathan and his wife, Virginia, of Bedford NY; Michael and his wife, Alice, of Charleston SC; Thomas and his wife, Karen, of Philadelphia, PA; twelve grandchildren; and her sister, Mary Veronica White from Adelaide, Australia. The family will not be holding calling hours. As per Bill’s last act of service, he requested that his remains be donated to the Colorado State Anatomical Council at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. A happy Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Longmont CO on Saturday January 22 at 10 a.m., and streamed live at https://youtu.be/uh9dUorkhEc. Instead of flowers, Bill would have appreciated a gift in his honor to a charity of your choice.
Published by The Daily Camera January 2-9, 2022.