J. David White

1927 ∼ 2019

AnnMarie Kurgan of Holiday wrote:

I love you Uncle Dave You were the BEST Godfather A neice could ever ask for May you rest in peace.

Maureen A Milan of MA wrote:

Dave was a transportation peer and supportive friend for 35 years We met when both employed at the MBTA Later when I was a Director at WMATA (Washington) Dave was a frequent visitor while a Transportation Consultant We did business in the day and often dined Together in the evening He always had some great stories and unmatched knowledge of all aspects of transit and politics When I was GM at NJ Transit we continued our business and social interactions Every encounter was a joy and always included lots of laughter Dave was also good friends with my Dad and brothers who shared both the political and transit adventures Dave was more like a family member to me because he always gave me good advice and excellent counseling over the almost four decades he was part of my life I will miss him, his stories and great Irish wit Warm regards to all his family

Eileen Alviti of Peabody ma wrote:

Our deepest sympathies extend to all of the White Family. We will always remember what a wonderful, kind and good person Dave White was and how warm and welcoming he always was to us at our vists to Megansett. All our love, Eileen, Patrick and Kara Alviti

Rob Prescott of Needham, Massachusetts wrote:

Thank you Mr and Mrs White for allowing me into your house so many times over so many year and always making me feel like part of your family. Your friendship and advice is greatfully appreciated, and God bless you both. And peace be with you Mr White and your whole family.

Jennifer Stalker (Lawrence) of Grosse Pointe Michigan wrote:

J.David White I meet when I was in College in Boston. A friend of my father's. Mr. Ralph David Lawrence. I was new to the East Coast and Mr. and Mrs. White treated me like family. I was in Boston for 4 years and Providence for 3 years. I have had the opportunity to drive with Mr. White and he always had a glove box full of "nabs". The first time he offered me one.. I said what is a nab? And he proceeded to open the glove box to a bounty of treats! On a trip from Providence to Boston a "nab" was the perfect snack! I think I had Necco wafers.:) Mr. White is a wonderful, caring and loving man. He loves his family and friends and will be missed. His sincerity is a virtue that made Mr. White one of my favorite people! Love to your family! Jenny

Frank D'Amato and Barly Mui of Charlestown, MA wrote:

Our condolences from the MBTA Bus Engineering Group. Thank you for your public service to the state and to our country.

Pamela Morrone of Cataumet MA wrote:

I was at yoga on David’s 90 th birthday. He was an inspiration to me before I realized his age and at that point even more after reading about his very actively successful personal and professional life.

Sean Palfrey of Cambridge and Cataumet wrote:

We love Dave and will miss him. Always welcoming and always thoughtful about politics, people and tennis, he was a happy and energetic friend. Sean and Judy

Joe Myerson of Bolton, MA 01740 wrote:

Dave was such a good friend to my late parents, Mort and Ellie Myerson, and such a fixture of the Cataumet Club. His smile and friendly handshake will be missed. My heart goes out to all of you, especially Pauline and Patricia.

Judith Palfrey of Cambridge wrote:

Dear Pauline and White family, Dave was just a wonderful man. He was kind and welcoming and I cannot ever remember seeing him without a smile on his face. I mostly knew him as a neighbor, friend and generous tennis partner. Reading his obituary was to learn so much of his life and public service. Professional and polite to the core, he was the kind of person who got to the bottom of problems and took away other people's troubles. If Dave were active now, the MBTA would be thriving. Dave was loved by so many people. Sean and I count it a privilege to have been one of his many, many friends. Judy Palfrey

Phil and Cheryl Merola of Manchester and Chatham MA wrote:

So many great memories of growing up in Needham and being friends with JD and the entire White family, and how special Mr. and Mrs. White were. JD’s dad and Mom always treated us kids with great respect and also offered us smart guidance! I will always treasure the many fun times we had in Magansett during the summer months, hanging at the yacht club, and playing some tennis with Mr. White, the sport he loved. He will be sorely missed by all friends and family.

Carla Gracey of Jamaica Plain, MA wrote:

Dear Tricia, My deepest condolences to you and your family. Much love, Carla

BJManoog of NFalmouth.Ma wrote:

My deepest sympathy to Pauline and the White family.My Thursday chair yoga class was so much more inspirational when I saw Pauline and DAVID walk in.We will certainly miss David’s exchange with us all Rest In Peace.

Tom and Barb Herbert of Auburn, NY wrote:

Our condolences to your family. We will surely miss Dave's daily reports of the water temp in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Ann Marie Pelosky Poncet of Normandy, France wrote:

Sending love and prayers to all of the white family during this time of loss, but most especially to Mrs. White and my dear pal Trish. Your Dad was a fixture on the Cape and the yacht club and it was a pleasure to see him each time I was stateside. May he RIP.

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Midge Corbin Cooley of St.Helena, SC 29920 wrote:

Polly and family, please know how sad I am for your loss. My relationship with Dave goes back to 1957 when Pauline and I were room mates at Mass. General, Dave was always around and invited me along to many fun events. We have continued our friendship..visiting back and forth all of these years, I shall miss you, Dave

David Riordan of Foster. RI wrote:

Sending thoughts and prayers to you all.

Nate Palmer of Dana Point, CA wrote:

David and Mrs White were always so welcoming to me and Steve’s other college friends when we visited the house on the Cape. I have many great memories of those visits during the summers back in the 80’s

James T Raimondo of Huntington Beach, CA wrote:

J. David was my mentor in the transportation industry. His knowledge and patience were his forte. I will treasure all the times we spent together and he will be greatly missed.

Pam Perini of Waltham, MA wrote:

You are all in my heart and in my prayers! Such a wonderful Man!

Joanne Sheehan Keator & David Keator of Lenox,Ma. wrote:

Thinking of you all , we are out of the country and unable to be with you to celebrate this wonderful man. We will miss seeing him at Old Silver with his daily water temperature report and after Mass on Sundays. He was always a joy to chat with at MYC steak dinners,and we will miss seeing him. He has gone home but will live on in our memories.

Gretchen and Gerry of Cataumet, Ma wrote:

Always congenial, always a big hello & a kind word. A great tennis player & fan when he couldn’t play anymore. So generous with his time that he even played bridge with us!!! We Will miss him.

Carol and Charles Fredey of Sarasota, FL wrote:

We met Dave during the early 1950s in Megansett when he was a bachelor and dating the comely Pauline. After we all got married we spent wonderful summers in Megansett over the next seven decades each raising big families. Words that come to mind remembering Dave are fun, loving, caring, very dependable and loyal. Dave was a great tennis rival and we were long time members together of the Cataumet Court Jesters. We enjoyed many bridge games, political discussions, dinners, and "life" together. He will be sorely missed. Hugs to Polly, all the children, spouses, and grandchildren. Love, Carol and Charlie Fredey

Gail Panzetta of Norfolk MA wrote:

We were so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Pauline and the entire family. We will fondly remember Dave as a friendly and kind man. He always had a smile for you and a bit of conversation! And he will fondly be remembered as the “man who always knows the gulf temperature”! His presence will be missed at Palm Bay Villas. Love and comfort, Jim and Gail (Panzetta)Buchanan and kids; and Marie Panzetta