Earl W. White, Sr.
Newfane, NY — Earl W. White, Sr, 91, of Newfane, NY, passed away peacefully on September 13, 2021, surrounded by family.
Earl was predeceased by his parents, Millard J. and Violet (Shephard) White, sister, Audrey Crysler and brother, Harry White. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Elaine (Hoffman) White; children, Earl W. Jr (Vicki) of Houghton, NY, Laurie (Suzanne Souza) White of Binghamton, NY, and Ted (Christina) White of Manhattan Beach, CA; grandchildren, Heidi (Tim) Putnam, Keith White, Emily (Arron) Reed, Kate Erbstoesser, Theo White, Marco White, and Sara Anabella White, special great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.
Earl was born in Buffalo, NY on May 29, 1930 and raised in Painted Post and Kenmore, NY. He graduated from Kenmore High School where he was recognized as an outstanding athlete in basketball and track. He valued and respected the lifelong lessons he learned from teachers and coaches.
Earl and Elaine were married on October 12, 1951 at Camp Chaffee, AK. He proudly served in the Army, 1951-53 and Korean War, 1952-53. He returned from service to work at Bell Aircraft as a tube bender.
Earl began his newspaper career in 1956 as district manager for the Buffalo Courier Express, Buffalo, NY. He was hired as circulation manager for the Binghamton Sun-Bulletin, Binghamton, NY, in 1969; circulation director for the Hornell Evening Tribune, Hornell, NY, in 1974; circulation director and assistant to the publisher for The Recorder, Greenfield, MA, in 1978. He helped establish the first youth soccer league in Greenfield. He was recognized by his peers and the community as "one of the good guys" when he retired from Greenfield in 1987. Earl and Elaine moved to Newfane after retirement where they enjoyed owning an antique store. He worked part time as a courier for Lockport Hospital and for Labor Relations Board Niagara County in Lockport.
Earl was a Presbyterian Church (USA) elder, former president of Sandy Beach Club, Grand Island, NY, lifetime member of the VFW, and a member of the Lions Club.
Earl enjoyed summers at Camp Allen on Lake Ontario in Olcott, NY where he served as president of the board of directors for several years.
Earl will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, dad, grandpa, uncle and friend. He enjoyed singing and dancing to big band tunes, jazz music, whistling to Willie Nelson songs, and cheering for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabers. Earl lived life giving generously of himself with love, wisdom, a smile and always having a great story to tell.
Here's to the last of the good guys.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at a later date. To honor Earl, please consider giving your time and talents to a favorite organization or charity.
Published by The Recorder on Oct. 16, 2021.