Charles "Charlie" White - age: 81
(March 20, 1942 to April 26, 2023
Biddeford - Charles B. White passed away on the 26th of April 2023. Born in Biddeford, Maine March 20, 1942, son of Walter and Elizabeth Sawyer White. Charlie is survived by his beloved wife Janet, his son Christopher and partner Debbie Labbe; son Gordon, his wife Kayo, grandsons Conan and Hiro; and granddaughter Ava Rose and her mother Heather White, widow of his beloved youngest son, Norman, who predeceased him in 2005. He is also survived by his many Sawyer cousins. He was a polio survivor and bore the physical and emotional scars of that dreaded scourge throughout most of his life, overcoming many obstacles to achieve success in a loving and caring family and financial stability through a strong work ethic. He was known by friends, family, and coworkers as hard-working, kind, and humble.
Charlie graduated from Thornton Academy and went on to Colby College (BA 1964) and from Boston University (MA 1968; PhD 1974). Over his working life, Mr. White was employed as Assistant Manager at White’s Garage, a family truck dealership in the 1960s; Instructor in Anthropology and History in Pennsylvania and Maine Community Colleges and then Insulation Sales Technician for the R. L. Petit Co. in the 1970s; and finally, as a Project Coordinator for the Edward C. Jordan Company and its successor engineering companies from 1978 through 2009 when he retired from MACTEC.
Along with his wife, Janet, he has enjoyed hosting family and friends at the family cottage at Ossipee Lake in Waterboro, Maine. He was an avid swimmer, both at the lake and at the local YMCA. In addition to his hobbies of dowsing, target shooting, and boating, he enjoyed coaching youth baseball, and has appreciated the many visits back and forth across the border with his wife’s Canadian relatives (sister Julie and her husband Gower [deceased 2010]; brothers Don and his wife Susan; Norman and his wife Lorraine; Leroy [deceased 2018] and his wife Helen; and several nieces and nephews).
Interment will be at Laurel Hill Cemetery.