RYE - On Sunday, August 27, 2017, Stephen White, 71, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend passed away peacefully at his home with loved ones at his side.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mimi White, his sister Anne Gwynne; his daughters Abby White and Rachel White; his sons-in-in law Christopher Curtis and Jonathan Mansbach; his grandchildren Caleb Mansbach, Dory Mansbach, Will Curtis and Noah Curtis, and his dogs Scout and Butter.
Known as Steve to friends and "Geeka" to his grandchildren, he was an avid fly fisherman and hiker. He was also a skilled card player. In the final months of his life, he became an American Contract Bridge League Life Master.
Born on February 24, 1946 in Boston, Mass., Steve was the youngest child of Abraham and Millicent White. A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he took a job as an engineer at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 1968 from which he retired in 2001.
A longtime resident of Rye, Steve was a dedicated steward of the land where he and Mimi made their home. In 2007 he and Mimi co-founded the Rye Energy Committee to help the town lower its carbon footprint.
Steve was a calm and gentle presence, with a dry wit. Although he was a man of few words, he was quick to laugh and took great pleasure in sharing the things he loved-fishing, hiking, and playing games-with those he loved. In his later years he and Mimi traveled to many places to fish and explore, most recently to Alaska earlier this summer.
SERVICES: A service for families and friends will be held at the Seacoast Science Center on Thursday, August 31, at 11 a.m. The family will also receive condolence visits between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Friday, September 1, at their home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that people take action directly or through donation to combat climate change, the most urgent issue of our time for Steve. Charitable gifts may be sent to the Southeast Land Trust, Trout Unlimited, or an environmental organization of choice.
Published by Seacoastonline.com from Aug. 29 to Sep. 1, 2017.