Jo Jo White

  • Born: November 16, 1946
  • Died: January 16, 2018
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Jo Jo White

Boston Celtics legend…

Basketball Hall of Famer Jo Jo White, a two-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics and an Olympic gold medalist, has died, according to the Associated Press. He was 71. For full coverage and obituary from Legacy.com, click here.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Watching Jojo play in the early 70`s peaked my lifelong interest in basketball and the Celtics. He exemplified all that was good about sports, honor, and hard work. It seems it was a life well lived.

Posted by John Evans - Dallas   June 25, 2018

Posted by Keith Gentry Sr - Troy, NY   June 14, 2018

JoJO was a great player. he was the smallest celtic to play, but what a player. sorry to hear about his passing. great player.that was great team back then,. larry bird, Robert PARRISH, kEVIN mCCHALE. DANNY AINGE.used to live in new England, but still a die hard Boston teams, my the patriots, to the Celtics, red sox, bruins.

Posted by Ethel Oatman - Fritch, TX   March 03, 2018

God bless him and reward his sincerity Ameen

Posted by Om Yusuf - Worcester, MA   March 01, 2018

one of the more underrated of the celtic players in their history JoJo was the glue to those championship teams in the 1970's, God be with you thoughts and prayers to the family and friends RIP JoJo!!!

Posted by john Lambert - Covington, LA   February 22, 2018

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Posted by Mary L Cain - Chatsworth Los Angeles, CA   February 05, 2018

Jo Jo White you gave me so much joy watching you play for the Boston Celtics. You are and always will my favorite Celtics of All Time. Watching run the floor with those low top sneakers always caught my eye. Best game for me was the against the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Finals. In those over time games you left it all on the floor. RIP my Friends #10 will never be worn by other Celtic but you.
I want to thank you family for allowing us the fans to share you in your NBA Career. God bless the your family #your#1fan

Posted by Kevin Dixon - Harrisburg, PA   February 04, 2018

Posted by Kevin Dixon    February 04, 2018

ALWAYS enjoyed watching Jo Jo playing basketball with the Celtics while growing up. Thank you for your contributions in life...RIP Jo Jo White!

Posted by Rhonda Head - Sand Springs, OK   February 03, 2018

Wow what a talent! Mr. White was loved by his fans especially those in Boston and will be missed by the NBA organization. Jo Jo is not in pain anymore. The Bible compares death to a deep sleep. You will be missed by many people worldwide. My prayers go out to Mr. White's family.

Posted by Myshia - MS   January 31, 2018

As a youngster in Lawrence,Ks back in the days, i adored and loved JoJo, hoped ii could perform half as good as he did. Folloed this man through his whole career from Kansas to his final suiting up with the Kings. May the good lord be with you and your lovely family. You were the greatest, on and off the floor.. You will be deeply missed. Lynn Adkins

Posted by Lynn Adkins - Kansas City, KS   January 28, 2018

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Posted by A friend   January 27, 2018

Our deepest condolences to the White family. May God, the Almighty give you peace, comfort and fill your heart with serenity. JoJo will be missed by all the people who knew him. He was truly a legend, a gentleman, and kind person. We loved seeing JoJo on Sunday accompanied by his wife at Eagle Heights Church, always with a big smile. Thank you for your all contributions to our society and to the state of Massachusetts.

Posted by Kerlin & Dayana Aristilde - Peabody, MA   January 27, 2018



Our deepest condolences to Debbie and the White family. It was an honor to have met Jo Jo and to be able to get to know him at the games. May his memories bring you comfort.

Lloyd and Debbie Harsip Beverly, Ma

Posted by A friend   January 27, 2018

Condolences to the family of Mr. Jo Jo White. I will never forget the triple overtime playoff game against the Phoenix Suns in 1976. Although I'm not a Celtics fan you were one of my favorites. We love you Jo Jo and you will be missed. #10

Posted by Jon Kydd - Columbus, OH   January 27, 2018

My sincere condolences at times such as this,few words of comfort maybe all that you can bear,so rely on God of all comfort and he will comfort you every morning in times of distress Isaiah 33:2.

Posted by Sidney Jones - CA   January 27, 2018

To Ms Debbie & family, my heartfelt sympathies and prayers during this most challenging time. May God grant solace to the family and acquaintances during difficult time. Jo Jo was truly an amazing and talented husband and father. He will be truly missed. With Love & Prayers

Posted by A Caring Neighbor    January 25, 2018

To DEBBIE and entire WHITE FAMILY, Jo Jo was a very unique and genuine person. He was admired and loved by all of us who had the opportunity to have barbecue, play cards and spend the night at the White home. Our Prayers, Thoughts and Love are with you during these difficult times!

Posted by James/Lillie Winston - Miami, FL   January 25, 2018

Deb and Family,
Thinking of you all and want to express our condolences. We Love you and will keep Joe in our hearts forever.
The world has lost a true gentleman!

Posted by Kate & John Ciotti - Middleton, MA - friend   January 23, 2018

Jo Jo white will always ,live in the lives of us Celtic fans he , was so kind to leave me a message , after I called him ,I thank the god we love ,for Jo Jo white & his kindness ,rest in peace always , Coach Michael Jo Jo Lyon # 10

Posted by Michael Lyon - Jersey City, NJ - Friend   January 23, 2018

Debbie & Family,
Please accept our heartfelt condolences! May God comfort you and wrap you in His peace and love, during this difficult time!

John & Judy Santangelo
Pittsford, NY

Posted by John & Judy Santangelo - Pittsford, NY - Friend   January 22, 2018

I never met a person who touched me the way Jo Jo did.I will be forever grateful for everything you taught and did for me.I am heartbroken...My heart goes out to Debbie and your family.May God Bless you all with strength and Love.

Love,

Craig Cardinale

Posted by CRAIG CARDINALE - Saugus, MA   January 22, 2018

TO THE ENTIRE WHITE FAMILY: PSALMS30:5 Weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning.JOJO'S JOURNEY JUST BEGUN, DONT'T THINK OF HIM AS GONE AWAY. HIS JOURNEY JUST BEGUN, LIFE HOLDS SO MANY FACETS, THIS EARTH IS ONLY ONE. JUST THINK OF HIM AS RESTING FROM THE SORROWS AND TEARS IN A PLACE OF WARMTH AND COMFORT, WHERE THERE ARE NO DAYS AND YEARS.NO WOUND SO DEEP WILL EVER GO ENTIRELY AWAY; YET EVERY HURT BECOMES A LITTLE LESS FROM DAY TO DAY. NOTHING ELSE CAN ERASE THE PAINFUL IMPRINTS ON YOUR MIND; BUT THERE ARE SOFTER MEMORIES THAT TIME WILL LET YOU FIND. THE MCKINLEY HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1965 EXTEND OUR HEARFELT SYMPATHY TO THE ENTIRE WHITE FAMILY. HE WILL BE MISS BY EVERYONE WHO KNEW HIM. WE WILL CONTINUE TO LIFT YOU ALL UP IN PRAYER DURING THIS TIME, ASKING GOD TOO GIVE THE ENTIRE FAMILY THE STRENGTH TO ENDURE AND DEPOSIT HIS PEACE THAT SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING INTO YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS. GOD BLESS, SINCERLY SUBMITTED BY THE THE MCKINLEY HIGH SCHOOL OF ST. LOUIS MO. CLASS OF 1965.

Posted by MCKINLEY HIGH SCHOOL GOLD BUGS CLASS OF 1965 - ST. LOUIS, MO   January 22, 2018

To the White Family, the Southside Bro's & Sis's were sadden when we heard the news. Psalms 30:5 Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.We will continue to lift your family up before the throne of grace.

Posted by SOUTHSIDE FRIENDS - ST. LOUIS, MO   January 22, 2018

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Heartfelt sympathy to all...

Posted by - Rockland, MA   January 22, 2018

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To the White Family in memory of your loved one JoJo White. He will be truly missed. He was a wonderful man who touched many lives.

Posted by Darlene DeAngelis - Beverly, MA   January 21, 2018

To the White Family

I am so sorry to hear the passing of Mr. White. He was such a wonderful man. It was truly an honor to have him as a member at my church.I am praying for his family that God will surround them with his love at this very difficult time. Mr. White will be missed. God has wrapped him in his love as he now has entered God's kingdom.

Posted by A friend   January 21, 2018

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Posted by Anniston Community - Anniston, AL   January 21, 2018

To a wonderful , human being , to the white family , stay strong ,my prayers are with you & Jo Jo ,he will always be in the loving care of our wonderful Lord , for whom we serve . Coach Michael Jo Jo Lyon # 10 .

Posted by Michael Jo Jo Lyon - Jersey City, NJ   January 21, 2018

Like cousin Brian White stated, "Faith, Family and Basketball was your life! We are grateful for your love and the years we were bless to have you. It's painful for all your family and friends but we will carry on just like you taught us. God first. Family second. Enjoyment third. Goodnight Cousin Joseph we will see you in the morning!

Love Always,

LaWanda Asuquo aka Brewer/Little - STL

Posted by LaWanda Asuquo - Washington, DC   January 20, 2018

SO SORRY

Posted by Rich Thomas - Dieterich, IL   January 20, 2018

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by - OH   January 20, 2018

To Debbie and the White Family,
Thinking of you and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers as my heart hurts over your deep loss of such a wise, humble and great man.
Sending love to all of you and especially to Debbie.
With love,
Betsy Epstein

Posted by Betsy Epstein - Boston, MA   January 20, 2018

My condolences goes to the White family for the loss of Jo jo. I am truly sorry to hear of Mr. Jo jo's passing. May our Heavenly Father provide the Boston Celtics teammates peace and a sense of comfort knowing that the things Mr. white done to benefit Boston won't be forgotten.

Posted by Anthony    January 20, 2018

Our condolences to the White Family. So sorry to hear of the loss of Jo Jo. He is remembered as an amazing basketball player but also as an incredible person. May those memories, especially the latter comfort you in the coming days. May God's promise of no more suffering or death give you hope during your grief.

Posted by Johnsons    January 20, 2018

Meka,
To you, your siblings, and Mom, please accept our heartfelt sympathy for the passing of a man who was a father, a husband, and I'm sure an inspiration. Continue to cherish the legacy he has left for you. May you find comfort in The Great Comforter, Jesus Christ himself. May God of all grace and peace bestow such to you in this moment of sadness, and give you strength to endure. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (Psalm 147:3). Lean on God and allow Him to continue the process of healing your broken heart.
Kirk, Sylvia, Jonathan, & Kaiden

Posted by Sylvia Bute-Parker - NY   January 20, 2018

My deepest symphony to the White family. He was a great basketball player.The Celtics were my team in the late sixties.
SB.

Posted by A friend   January 20, 2018

To Jo Jo's family please accept my deepest condolences on your loss. He was taken to soon.

Posted by - Bridgeport, CT   January 19, 2018

To Jo Jo's Family: As staff writer/columnist for The Celtics via The Patriot Ledger for every season through l976 and with the team for our championships in '74 and '76 I shared time with him and had very close personal discussions on his game. He was very generous in his responses to me which I will always remember as candid and professional. To Brian, as a toddler in the Phoenix finals you gravitated to my wife and wouldn't go anywhere unless she held your hand. It was so adorable. Bless you Jo Jo. Quite a player and your game 5 effort vs. the Suns was one for the ages. Give Red a big hug. He loved you.

Posted by Harvey Robbins - Westford, MA   January 19, 2018

What a gentleman, athlete, Husband,father,scholar Jo Jo was special I thank God for him.my prayers go out to his beloved family . We will miss him but we will not forget him.

May God comfort you
Robert M. Lundy sr

Posted by A friend   January 19, 2018

Rest in peace Mr. White, there is nobody that can take your place , you truly were the greatest there was. You have earned your wings, take your place on the Throne. We are deeply saddened by your passing, sometimes God needs beautiful flowers for his garden.

Posted by Cynthia Harrison - Roxbury,, MA   January 19, 2018

Our Heavenly Father knows our pain , he hears our prayers
He can and desires to help you during this time
May he give you peace from above

Posted by J P - L, GA   January 19, 2018

Sincere condolences to the White Family, fans, and friends for the loss of JoJo. May you continue to be blessed with his memory and legacy, may your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times you shared together and may the hope that God's word gives us for those we lost in death be comforting, faith building and encouraging to you (John 6:40) ~ Linda, Queens, NY

Posted by A friend   January 19, 2018

To The Family,
As a native New Yorker and a New York Knicks fan, how could I ever forget Jo Jo White? His cool demeanor and brilliance on the court had to be acknowledged by any true basketball fan. He was a Knicks killer, but simply put,the man could play some ball. His induction to the Hall of Fame was way overdue. When the Lord Jesus awakens the dead, (John 11:11-14, 25) Jo Jo is one of the many that I hope to meet. In God's new system of things, Jo Jo will have perfect health and will have the precious opportunity of living forever. (John 17:3) Please accept my deepest thoughts of sympathy in the passing of Mr. Jo Jo White.

Sincerely,
Terrone Sterling

Posted by Terrone Sterling - Tarboro, NC   January 19, 2018

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Rest in paradise, Jo Jo White.

Posted by C. Brew - Florissant, Missouri   January 19, 2018

Growing up on the Southside of St. Louis, Missouri, I vividly remember Jo Jo White. We from the Southside will always remember Jo Jo and his beautiful legacy. My deepest condolences to the White family.

Posted by Christine Brew - Florissant, Missouri   January 19, 2018

R.I.P.

Posted by FRANK FITZGERALD - AKRON, OH   January 19, 2018

So sorry to hear about Jo Jo's passing. May You All be comforted by the God of all comfort in your time of sorrow.

Posted by A friend   January 18, 2018

Debbie and family, we are saddened to hear of Jo Jo's passing. As we have related, when we first came to Boston and started our Celtic fan journey, he was the greatest. In Karen's eyes he was the number one star, and always. May he rest in peace. And to the entire family all our thoughts and prayers are with you,

Bill & Karen Bloom

Posted by Bill & Karen Bloom - Westborough, MA   January 18, 2018

Jo jo was a special man....
He was a loving family man that happen to play basketball.... His kindness and his love to make other feel better is what I'll never ever, forget about this Great man.....
Never forgotten
Never Gone......

Posted by Paul Weber - Melrose, MA   January 18, 2018

Dear JoJo,
As a young Boston Celtics fan in the 1970s, you were my my first hero. I will cherish my memories of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Dave M from Needham

Posted by David M - needham, MA   January 18, 2018

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JO JO will always be remembered for his bb skills in the NBA...he always showed us class and sophistication ...what a gentleman...MUCH MUCH LOVE❤❤❤

Posted by Valenda Newell - Indianapolis, IN   January 18, 2018

Debbie and family
Please know you're in our thoughts and prayers!
We will miss seeing Jo Jo walking the neighborhood!
May he Rest In Peace!

Posted by Gavin and Janet Monagle - Middleton, MA   January 18, 2018

Keep shooting' straight Jo Jo, We had a great time at KU at the Hawk, Wheel, Stables and Red Dog Saloon and especially the Jock Dorm Joseph R Pearson Hall.. Shankin, Vanoy, Riggins and the rest will all miss you. Your friend Chris Stark JRP 3rd floor 66-69. RIP,

Posted by Chris Stark - Springfield, MO   January 18, 2018

Prayers and condolences to family and friends

Posted by Karen Davis - Cincinnati, OH   January 18, 2018

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by G. Freeman    January 18, 2018

My condolences to you Debbie and family. This is Doug Macomber . You helped me buy my 1st home. I said is JoJo you're husband? I also did work for you & JoJo. That's irrelevant just trying to remind you who i am. I always liked JoJo as a player, but behind the scenes he was as good man.
If i can ever do something for you please ask me? Im not talking about work . You take care, call or email me. My condolences ,sincerely my daughter Angelina & Doug Macomber. May the great b-ball and father ,uncle,son rest in peace !! god is taking a great care of JoJo! ! He's watching the Celtics and there going step up there game! In his memory. ..

Posted by doug Macomber - Haverhill, MA   January 18, 2018

Just a great basketball player and all around wonderful human being. Miss you Jo Jo ! !

Posted by James Reilly - Everett, MA   January 18, 2018

With heartfelt sympathy .Please accept my deepest condolences. May you continue to cherish her precious memories together. May you find comfort in the God of all comfort to offer you comfort and to give you the strength to endure during these difficult times ahead.

Posted by Taylor's - Dallas,Tx   January 18, 2018

Rest In Peace Uncle Jo..Love You

Posted by Sharon Larry - St.Louis, MO - Family   January 18, 2018

Debbie and family,
Your in our ptayers, will never forget the good times.
Linda, Art & Sam. From Rochester N.Y.

Posted by Linda Carlisi - Rochester, NY   January 18, 2018

SO SORRY TO HEAR OF THE PASSING OF JO JO WHITE, LEGEGENDARY BOSTON CELTIC. MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO HIS FAMILY.

Posted by - BROCKTON, MA   January 18, 2018

Posted by Jim & Dee Johnson - P'ville, NJ   January 18, 2018

To the White family. From Rochester New York. Micheal (Tree) Swinton and family would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family. May God continue to watch over you.

Posted by Micheal Swinton - Rochester, NY   January 18, 2018

May the family find peace and comfort in knowing all sickness, all pain and death will one day be gone for this has been promised.

Posted by A friend   January 18, 2018

Sorry for the loss. A great player will be missed.Comfort to family and close friends.Isa.26:19.

Posted by - GA   January 18, 2018

Debbie, Jo Jo Jr, Brian, Meka, Siblings, Family, Fans,

We're truly sorry to of the loss of your dear loved one. Our prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. We all enjoyed his playing basketball but I know that his spending with his family and friends was more important. Treasure his precious memories and the good times that you shared with him. He heals the brokenhearted: He binds up their wounds.-PS.147:3

Posted by A friend   January 18, 2018

Sending heartfelt condolences to the entire White family on your loss. I was born and raised in St. Louis, Mo. just like Jo Jo and basketball legend on the South side. I wish I could have met him but I lived through each and every story my mentor Kenneth Franklin spoke about him.....now they are back together again lacing them up and drinking orange juice. RIP JO JO.

Posted by Marvin Glenn - St. Louis, MO   January 18, 2018

My deepest sympathy to the White family. May the God of comfort grant you strength during this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   January 17, 2018

Posted by Vernon King - St. Louis, MO   January 17, 2018

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Our thoughts and prayers are with during your hour of sorrow... Forever The King Family...

Posted by Vernon King - St. Louis, MO   January 17, 2018

May the God of all peace bring comfort to the White family and friends at this difficult time.

Posted by Carlotta    January 17, 2018

Like yesterday You Derek Sanderson Debbie Myself above our beloved Boston talking of life in the wee small hours of the Morning always one if my favorite Memories De Colores GjD

Posted by G Jack Donahue - Honolulu, HI   January 17, 2018

Sorry to here about JoJos passing

Posted by - IN   January 17, 2018

Debbie and family - my sincerest condolences on your loss. In the short time I knew him, when I lived and worked in Rochester, he was truly a gentleman. May your many happy memories sustain you in your time of grief.

Posted by James Dalton - East Greenbiush, NY   January 17, 2018

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Posted by A friend   January 17, 2018

ONE OF THE GREAT GUARDS IN THE NBA.REST IN PEACE JOJO CONDOLENCES AND PRAYERS TO THE FAMILY JOE S

Posted by A friend   January 17, 2018

Sorry for your loss. May the God of comfort be with you at this time of sorrow.

Posted by A friend   January 17, 2018

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Dear White Family Rory and I express our condolences's on the loss of Jo Jo White/his family.he'll surely be missed very much.luv,faith/rory

Posted by faith/rory tobin/dockett - newton centre/brighton, MA   January 17, 2018

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Dear White Family Rory and I wish to extend our condolences's on the loss of Jo Jo White.he'll surely be missed very very much.I was lucky once to have met him.he was very nice.luv,faith/rory

Posted by faith/rory tobin/dockett - newton centre/brighton, MA   January 17, 2018

My sincere condolences to Debbie and the White family for your loss. May he Rest In Peace in a better place in heaven.

Posted by Nancy Andrews - St augustine, FL   January 17, 2018

Jo Jo was one of a kind...in a class all by himself. A real friend for more than 40 years. Huge heart that he shared with those he loved. He will be missed by those that loved him. He is in a better place now sitting with Jesus...pouring out love and blessings for Debbie and family, Much love, Beef

Posted by A friend   January 17, 2018

Wonderfully smart, instinctive, and skilled, Jo Jo could do it all at the guard position. A true professional, All Star, champion, and Hall of Famer.

Though my allegiance was with one of Boston's rivals, I still derived joy from watching those old-school Celtic teams execute with artful precision. Jo Jo was the valuable "point" in that offensive scheme, and he was a defense standout as well.

Rest in Peace, Jo Jo.

Posted by A friend   January 17, 2018

Our thoughts are with the family at this most difficult time. Please accept our family condolences. May God Almighty be your strength and support in this time of sorrow. Within your heart your and memory your love one will always be close by.

Posted by Evans - OH   January 17, 2018

My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   January 17, 2018

To The Family Of Jo Jo White
My condolences to the family on the loss of your dear beloved one. May the God of all comfort, comfort you and grant you peace now and in the days ahead.

Posted by R. C. - IL   January 17, 2018

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Godspeed Jo Jo, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   January 17, 2018

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Posted by A friend   January 17, 2018

An excellent player and an admirable man. Thanks for the memories JoJo.

Posted by Anne Daak - Boston, MA   January 17, 2018

My heart goes out to the family of Jo Jo White. What a legacy! May you find comfort in the wonderful memories you shared together and may the God of tender mercies and all comfort be with you at this difficult time.

Posted by M B - IL   January 17, 2018

JoJo gleaned great joy from his game of choice. That true sweetness for it never left his taste buds. Formidable challenges brought his zeal to the fore. I am glad that he realized much of his dream. My compassion to family and relations. Psalms 62:11,12.

Posted by A friend   January 17, 2018


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