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William Joseph Patrick White

1926 - 2015 DALTON William Joseph Patrick White, passed into God's hands on Friday, March 20, at 89 years old while at Craneville Place in Dalton. Bill was was born in Pittsfield, the son of the late William John White and Claire Elizabeth Barry White. He was a lifelong resident of Dalton. Educated at Dalton High School, he left school at the age of seventeen to join the U.S. Navy. He was a World War II veteran, serving as a signalman on the USS LMS 449, a landing craft in the Pacific theater. Upon returning from active duty in 1946, Bill followed in his father's footsteps and became a transformer winder at the General Electric Company in Pittsfield, while also working as a substitute letter carrier at the Dalton branch of the U.S. Post Office. Eventually Bill went on to become a full-time letter carrier, retiring in 1984. He was an Explorers leader for the Boys Scouts of America in the late 1950s, taking young men on portage trips to the Adirondacks. He became a volunteer fireman in 1958, serving the town of Dalton for 32 year, an officer for twelve years, including a two-year stint as Assistant Fire Chief from 1984-1986. Additionally he was an EMT and served Dalton on its ambulance crew for many years. He remained an integral member of the Dalton Fire Department as an honorary life-long member. The department dedicated their new fire truck to Bill in 2013. He attended Berkshire Community College, earning an Associate's Degree in Fire Science, and taught fire science throughout the state with the Massachusetts Fire Science Academy to all the 'boys and girls,' his affectionate handle for his firefighter-students. Additionally, he served on the town's Prudential Committee, and was a life-long communicant of Saint Agnes Catholic Church in Dalton. Bill White was one of those home-town heroes, who helped many throughout his life in his capacity as a firefighter and an EMT. He always had a laugh and a joke, and was a prankster whenever possible. He spoke from his heart, but otherwise kept his own counsel. And though he knew more about the lives of Dalton residents than most, he never gossiped. He did, however, tell stories the names never revealed, the particulars altered. As a letter-carrier, he was known to remind wayward children to write homesome mother would complain that she hadn't heard from her daughter, handing Bill another letter to mail to that daughter. He would add his note on the back of the envelope: 'Write your Mom! Signed, 'Bill the Mailman!' And it worked! He leaves his wife, of nearly 65 years, Regina Anne White (nee Horton); and their four children, Catherine Anne Dolese and her husband, Gary Dolese, of Ama, La., Marie White Small and her husband, Frank Small, of Bennington, Vt., Daniel William White of Gadsden, Ala., and Patricia Mary VanDeusen of Pittsfield. He also leaves his nine grandchildren, Christopher Dolese, Matthew Dolese, John Dolese, Erin Wentworth, Dara Went-worth, Matthew White, Rachel White, Robert Van-Deusen, and Michael VanDeusen, along with eight great-grandchildren. He also leaves his sister, Frances Anne Bone, and her husband, David Bone, of Stockbridge; and his brother-in-law, George Wilson of Pittsfield; along with many nieces and nephews. Aside from his parents, Bill was predeceased by his sister, Catherine Marie Wilson; his grandson, James Linton Dolese; and his daughter-in-law, Lisa White; his brother and sister-in-law, Earl and Elizabeth Horton of Pittsfield. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10:15 a.m. from the DERY-FOLEY FUNERAL HOME in Dalton followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Saint Agnes Church celebrated by the Rev. Christopher Malatesta, pastor. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Dery-Foley Funeral Home in Dalton. Bill will be transported to the church and to Ashuelot Cemetery for burial following Mass, by his beloved Dalton Fire Department on the fire truck that was dedicated to him. An honor guard from The U.S. Navy will play Taps, and present his widow, Regina with a memorial U.S. flag in honor of Bill's service to his country. Memorial donations in Bill's memory may be made to the Dalton Ambulance Fund or to St. Agnes Academy, all in care of the funeral home, 890 Main St. Dalton, MA 01226.



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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Mar. 24, 2015
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