Stephen "Steve" James White, Sr.
Gilmanton--- Stephen “Steve” James White Sr., 65, of 113 South Road, Gilmanton, New Hampshire and 1330 N La Canoa, Green Valley, Arizona died in Green Valley, Arizona, after a short and courageous battle with cancer, on Thursday, February 25, 2010.
Steve was born in Boston, Massachusetts on September 28, 1944, the son of Eileen (McCarthy) and Walter White. He was raised in Bedford, New Hampshire and graduated from West High School. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1966. After leaving the Marine Corps in 1972, he started his career at Vernitron/Molex as a plastics engineer in Laconia. Out of his home in Gilmanton, he started his own business “Country House Plastics” that thrived for over 20 years. After retiring from Vernitron/Molex, he enjoyed working a few hours a week at The Lodge at Belmont and Lakeview Golf Club.
Steve enjoyed spending time with family and friends between his homes in Gilmanton, New Hampshire and Green Valley Arizona. He was a proud volunteer of the Veterans of Foreign War Post #1670 in Laconia, New Hampshire, was a member of the Elks Lodge #876 of Laconia New Hampshire as well as a member of the American Legion Post #58 of Belmont, New Hampshire and Green Valley Post # 66 of Green Valley, Arizona.
Throughout Steve’s life, he enjoyed fishing, boating, golf and playing games, like dominos, with his grandchildren. Steve also enjoyed Texas Hold’em and Bingo with his friends as often as possible. Many friends remember Steve’s majestic smile and contagious laugh.
Steve is survived by his wife of twenty years, Pat, who was faithfully by his side caring for him; his daughter, Colleen Benavides, and her husband, Gus, of Gilford, his son, Steve White, and his wife, Jennifer, of Gilmanton and daughter, Melissa Lemay, of Gilmanton. He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Saige Benavides of Boston MA, Malcolm and Noelle Benavides of Gilford, Carly and Cameron White of Gilmanton and Kori, Amber and CJ Lemay of Belmont. He is also survived by his first wife, Marguerite “Peg” White, of Belmont N.H.; his sister, Eileen Cashman, of Concord, N.H. and his brother, Walter White, of Sun City Center, Florida; many nieces and nephews, sisters and brothers- in-law and his faithful dog, Suzy, and cat, Pita.
We would like to extend our appreciation to Carondelet Home Services and Hospice Facility of Tucson for their kindheartedness, dedication and compassion during Steve’s final days. To our extended family members and warm hearted friends, we are grateful for the unselfish giving of time, compassion and love during the past few months.
Calling hours will be Saturday, March 13, 2010 from 1pm to 3pm in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH.
Following the calling hours, a celebration of Steve’s life will take place at the Veterans of Foreign War Post 143 Court St. Laconia NH from 3pm to 5pm. Burial will be in the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen, NH at a future date at the convenience of the family
In lieu of flowers, please make donations on Steve’s behalf to Community Health & Hospice, Inc., 780 North Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N. H. is in charge of the arrangements.