- Patrick Herman White (Pat), 99, passed away at CrossWinds Residential in Fort Kent on Easter Sunday, April 16, to join his wife of 67 years, Berthe Paillard White (Betty), who died in 2008. He had lived at CrossWinds since 2013. Pat leaves his four children: Susan Ralston and her husband, Gene Blyther of Summerfield, FL, Timothy P. White of Vancouver, BC, Canada, Nancy White Cassidy and her husband, Larry, of Conway, NH and Jeffrey T. White and his wife, Ella, of San Tan Valley, AZ. He also leaves behind ten grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Pat was born in Fort Kent on November 24, 1917 to Ernest P. and Agnes Long White. His brother, Bob, and two sisters, Mae and Beulah, predeceased him. Pat graduated from Fort Kent High School in 1935 where he played basketball and baseball and also was active in the school drama club. He worked on laying track for the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad for several months in 1934 before returning to school to graduate.
Pat married Berthe Lucienne Paillard in 1941, and they settled in Waterbury, CT, where he was working in the pre-WWII munitions plants. Shortly afterwards, Pat was drafted into the Army, however, a medical condition arising from scorpion and spider bites in Texas cut short his military service and he received a medical discharge.
Returning to Waterbury, Pat pursued training in Hartford to become a barber and worked for several barber shops in Waterbury from the late 1940s through the 1960s. He also continued to work for various brass factories in the area, especially Scoville, Vickers and later, The Torrington Company.
In 1985, Pat and Betty returned to the St. John Valley and settled once again in Fort Kent. For half the year, they lived in their beloved cottage on Lac Unique in St. Francois, NB. In 2007, Pat and Betty moved in with their eldest daughter, Susan, and after Bettys passing, Pat remained with Susan and occasionally stayed with Nancy until moving to CrossWinds in 2013.
Pat loved to play cribbage, and to fish and hunt. He also enjoyed playing the harmonica, and often entertained the residents during his stay at CrossWinds. He was known for his detailed memories of the various families and businesses in Fort Kent while he was growing up. And most of all, he loved being with family.
There will be a communion service and celebration of Pats life at CrossWinds Residential, 40 Village Road in Fort Kent on Saturday, June 17 at 10 am. All are welcome to attend. Pat will be laid to rest next to Betty in the cemetery in Clair, NB later that day. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Patrick H. Whites name to CrossWinds Residential Care.
Published on  April 22, 2017