Lester A. White, a lifelong Island native, of Oak Bluffs died on Sunday morning, December 29, 2013 at the MV Hospital. He was 83 years of age.
Lester was married for 47 years to Leona (Smith) White. He was born on May 15, 1930 in Oak Bluffs the son of Antone F. White and Mary (Caton) who immigrated from Portugal to raise their family of seven.
Lester attended the Oak Bluffs School and started working for the family business with his brothers at White Bros. Const. which was statrted by his father in the late 1920's then taken over by Lester and his brothers. After running the business by operating cranes, machinery and driving trucks, in 2002 he finally retired full time.
Lester enjoyed his time doing yardwork, hunting, raising chickens and his beloved German Shepherds and liked going to the coffee shop. He loved to meet and greet everyone and was never without a conversation. You may have seen him driving his 1975 Lincoln Continental which didn't get a lot of mileage having sold it with only 25,000 miles on it recently. He most enjoyed his family visits.
Lester is survived by his wife, Leona; his son, Antone White and his wife Carrie of Poway, CA; his brothers, Albert White and George White; his sister, Katherine White Mazza; his grandchildren, Heather Ann White, Heidi Elizabeth White, James Antone White, Mary Beth Baptiste and Christopher Thurber; his great-granddaughter, Samantha Lynn Thurber and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; his children, Adelburt E.Thurber and Eleanor T. Eglinas; brother, Joseph White and sisters, Evelyn White and Mary Eglinas.
A graveside service for the burial of his cremains was held on Sat., Jan. 4 at 11am in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Vineyard Ave, Oak Bluffs officiated by Rev. Michael Nagle.
A reception will follow at the PA Club, please bring a dish to share.
Donations may be made in his memory to the Vineyard Nursing Assoc., 455 State Road, PMB 312, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.