CLIFTON PARK - Gene A. White, 77, passed away peacefully Friday, June 7, 2013.
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Born Feb. 23, 1936, in Buffalo, N.Y., he was the son of the late Evelyn and Le Roy (Babe) White.
Gene attended Forestville Central Schools and joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1953. He graduated from SUNY Brockport in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education and later received his master's degree in administration from New York University.
Gene was a physical education teacher/coach for both the Hewlett and Sewanhaka central school districts on Long Island. He relocated to Amsterdam, N.Y., where he served as athletic director and varsity football coach for Amsterdam City School District. He later moved to Clifton Park and was the athletic director and football coach for South Colonie schools.
He then started White Maple Farm Racing Stable in Melrose, spending several years as a trainer and owner at Saratoga Harness Raceway, working closely with his wife and children.
In 2006, he retired to his summer home on Schroon Lake.
He enjoyed golfing and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 53 years, Mary Ann (Gillespie); his sister, Nancy Bertges of Coconut Creek, Fla.; his children, Tracey Norman (Michael) of Schaghticoke, Brian (Sarah Hopkins) of Saratoga, Daniel (Dianne) of Melrose, Gregory (Krissy Kelleher) of Johnsonville and Kathleen Allen (Brian) of Greenfield. grandchildren, Emily and Brett Norman, Lily White, Daniel, Amanda and Kevin White, Jacob and Emma White and Logan and Camryn Allen; and a niece, Marcy, and nephew, Martin.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at Transfiguration Parish in Schaghticoke. Interment with military honors will follow at Gerald B.H. Solomon-Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 10, at Catricala Funeral Home, 1597 Route 9, Clifton Park.
Special thanks to the staff of Eddy Memorial Geriatric Center for their caring and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gene's memory can be made to either the Eddy Memorial Geriatric Center, 2256 Burdett Ave., Troy, NY 12180; or to Transfiguration Parish, 17 S. Main St., Schaghticoke, NY 12154.
Go to www.catricalafuneralhome.com to express condolences and for directions.
Catricala Funeral Home Inc
1597 Route 9 Clifton Park, NY 12065
Published in The Saratogian on June 9, 2013