Thursday, November 10, 2016

Remembering Major John Rupert White

Major John Rupert White
CAF 2nd Battalion/Royal 22nd Regiment/UN
Europe, Camp Petawawa, CFB Gagetown, 
Soest Germany, Korea, Kashmir

From - The death of John Rupert White of Fredericton occurred at the DVA Health Unit on Saturday, January 24th, 2004. He was 82. Born in Oromocto, NB, he was the son of the late George and Dorothy (Stocker) White, and husband of the late Margaret Vinna (Johnston) White. After graduating from Fredericton High School he joined the army at the outbreak of the Second World War, seeing action in Europe. After the war he attended the University of New Brunswick, graduating with an Arts Degree. He then re-enlisted and made a career in the Canadian Armed Forces, with posting to Camp Petawawa, Ont., CFB Gagetown and Soest, Germany. He served in the Korean Conflict with the Royal 22nd Regimen and spent a year-long tour of duty in Kashmir as a United Nations peacekeeper before retiring with the rank of Major in the 2nd Canadian Guards in 1965. In 1967, he began his second career, managing Canada Manpower Centres in Vancouver and Powell River, British Columbia, returning home to New Brunswick following the death of his wife in 2001. During his retirement years in Powell River, he earned a reputation as an expert gardener, cabinet maker and avid stamp collector. Survived by two sons, John S.R.D, White (Martha) of Fredericton, NB, G. Kevin White (Sherry) of Sydney, Australia; two daughters, Janice R. White of Montreal and Mary E. White (Robert Peters) of Fredericton, NB; six grandchildren, Caroline, Elizabeth and Adam White, Sarah and Christian Davis, and Mathew White and his mother Leona, of Fredericton; three great grandchildren; one sister, Doris Penhorwood of Bracebridge, ON; several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, wife, and infant daughter Susan. Visitation will be held at the Oromocto Select Community Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 27, 2004 from 7-9 pm. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 93 will hold a tribute service at the funeral home at 7:00 pm. A memorial service will be held at a later date followed by interment at St John's Anglican Cemetery, Oromocto. For those who wish, memorial tributes to the Fredericton Veteran's Heath Unit 'Wheels for Vets' fund or to a charity of the donor's choice would be appreciated.

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