Andrew Francis White
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Andrew Francis White, aged 74, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Torrance Memorial Hospital surrounded by family. From his birth in Okmulgee, Oklahoma on December 20, 1937 to his passing on Saturday, he brought knowledge and laughter to his family and friends. Andy came to southern California as a child with his four siblings and his parents, James Derice White and Jeanette Fay White. He served honorably in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and lived the last 29 years of life in Torrance, CA with his wife, Janet Elizabeth White. Andy created and operated businesses as a sailor, car restorer and mechanic, boat builder and home remodeler. He was a dreamer who could not only make others see his dreams, but also see the way to achieve their own dreams. Andy was many things, but above all, he was a dad, not only to his own children but also to many who looked up to him, sought his advice and enjoyed his humor and company. Andy was always the one to turn to for helpful information on repairing or building cars, boats or houses. Since Andy's door was always open and his garage door usually up, it was easy for many people, both kids and adults, to receive the knowledge that he was eager to share. He loved going to the harbor to find the latest hulk needing rescue and TLC or to car swap meets to find that elusive part. Andy especially enjoyed his time as a baseball coach and as a scout leader, taking his scouts on many whole-family camping trips. Andy's creative wit and quirky sense of humor brought laughter to everyone. He was always able to use humor to lift spirits, lighten burdens or give a unique perspective to problems. Beloved husband, father, brother, grandpa, uncle and friend, we will love you and miss you forever. "Children are the only form of immortality that we can be sure of." (Peter Ustinov) Left to honor Andy and remember his love is his wife, Janet Elizabeth White; his six children, John M. White, Michael S. White, Kerry A. White-Pearson, Barry G. Laskey, Katherine E. Stoner-Born, Andrew T. White; eleven grandchildren, Thomas, Kayla, Carolyn, Alexander, Mathew, Daniel, Jonathan, Eliana, Sophia, Amara, Talia; a brother, Ivan White; a sister, Paula White. Andy was preceded by his parents; two sisters, Winona and Dolly Jo; and two brothers, William and James. The celebration of Andrew Francis White's life will be held in the luncheon room at McKay's Mortuary at 1:00 p.m. on December 2, 2012. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Nov. 11, 2012