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WHITE, Brian M. Passed away on April 30, 2016. He was 60 years old. Born in Watertown, Brian was a 1977 graduate of UMass Amherst. Brian worked at MEDITECH from the time of his graduation from UMass until he retired in 2015. He loved working for MEDITECH and was proud that this was his first and only job. His superior talent as a programmer quickly led to recognition as one of MEDITECH's first Senior Computer Scientists. Brian is responsible for many of the internal tools still used today. Outside of work, Brian's first love was hiking. His happiest times were roaming the White Mountains with his friends and taking hundreds of pictures. He accomplished the feat of hiking all of New Hampshire's forty-eight 4000 footers not once but twice. When illness prevented him from hiking, he channeled his energy into encouraging his friends in their pursuit of hiking goals – often driving to New Hampshire to drop them off at trailheads or driving them home from trail ends as well as packing them lunches from his favorite sub shops. Brian also liked going out to dinner with friends, enjoying his favorite beverage - a martini and he said "solving the world's problems". He loved finding good restaurants and would travel all over the state hunting down a restaurant that serves a good steak or pizza. Brian was a kind soul and a good friend and will be missed. If required, it is easy to select a single word that best describes Brian White. He was outstandingly generous with both his time and resources. Whenever asked, he would willingly assist friends with a home repair job, get involved in community or friend's projects or provide a deserving waitress with a magnanimous tip. Such thoughtfulness always brought a smile to Brian and a gasp from the recipient. While he could be so bighearted, he almost never would accept anything in return. And Brian loved tools. Tools of all kinds, but especially power woodworking machines of all types and sizes. He was both creative and precise when it came to woodworking. Given a rough drawing and some verbal suggestions he made fine examples, such as a Scandinavian – style workbench and a full service router table. If he needed a tool, he almost always bought the finest or, infrequently, joined the local adult education program to gain access to the large joiners and planers in the school shop. Often when he took on a woodworking project, the outcome was far superior to the original goal. "Best is best" was his personal philosophy. He just could not accept mediocracy when it came to working with wood. However, he was clearly pleased whenever he had the most correct tool for the job, and that was almost always the case, leading to an excellent outcome. Brian was a kind soul and a good friend and will be missed. Brian was the son of the late David B. and Helen (Zubowicz) White and brother of the late Kerrin and Lindsey White. To share a memory of Brian, please visit: www.eatonfuneralhomes.com Eaton Funeral Home 781-444-0201
Published in The Boston Globe on May 15, 2016
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