Sheldon E. White
Sheldon E. White
  • January 13, 1944 - July 5, 2017
  • Falmouth, Maine

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PORTLAND - Sheldon E. "Whitey" White, age 73, passed away on July 5, 2017, at Maine Medical Center, with family by his side. A people person, through and through, he enjoyed his children, grandchildren, local and national sports, and what he considered "the best retirement job," as a shuttle driver for Morong Falmouth. Always positive, yet not afraid to express his opinion, he was a natural connector.

Whitey was born in Bangor, Maine, on January 13, 1944, to Herbert and Marie Corey White. As a child, he enjoyed spending summers at the family camp on Holbrook Pond with his parents and boxer Budgie. A graduate of Bangor High School, Class of 1962, he was active in arts, sports, academics, and leadership. Whitey participated in band and chorus and managed the junior-varsity and varsity basketball teams. He attended the All-State Music Festival and Boy's State, served on Student Counsel, and earned a National Merit Scholarship. In 2012, he coordinated his class's highly successful 50th reunion.

A graduate of the University of Maine at Orono with a Bachelor's degree in journalism, he spent many years working in advertising and sales within the radio industry, and, later, as an insurance claims adjuster. His real passions were family, friends, and sports. in 1980, as the founder of Tennis Intermediates of Maine, an adult competitive tennis league, he made an expansive network of close friends for life and, for many years, was known among the players as "Father TIME." He also religiously followed professional tennis, golf, baseball, and football, especially the Red Sox and New England Patriots.

Known as "Gumpy" by his grandchildren, he was very proud to support their interests and enjoyed swimming, board games, jigsaw puzzles, and crosswords. A foodie who appreciated fine dining, Whitey, incidentally, relished Pat's Pepperoni Pizza and a juicy burger.

He is sadly missed and survived by his wife of 33 years, Paula; his son Sean and wife Carrie and children,Chloe and Kaydence, his daughter, Kristin McGough, and her children, Riley and Keegan; his step-son Christian Durgin and wife Jennifer, and their children, Geneva and Sam; and step-daughter Abby Jacobs and husband Daniel,and their children, Hope and Vincent.

His family extends heartfelt thanks for the expert and loving care he received through the New England Cancer Center and in his final days at Maine Medical Center on the Gibson Pavilion and in the Special Care Unit. They wish to thank his doctors and especially his nurses Salena, Tony, Bobbi, Jillian, Nicole, and Karen.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at Fortin/AUBURN. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 1:30 pm at Fortin/AUBURN. A committal service will remain private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any tributes be in the form of contributions to Maine Medical Center. Donations can be mailed in his name to Maine Medical Center at the address below and identifying one of the following special funds; Gibson Appreciation Fund To be used in support of appreciation efforts for staff of the Gibson Pavilion. This includes renovation of the Gibson staff lounge and staff education needs. SCU Nursing Education Fund To support Nurses Professional Development, Maine Medical Center, Philanthropy Department, 22 Bramhall Street, Portland, ME 04102. A service of The Fortin Group/Plummer & Merrill Funeral, Cremation and Monument Services, 217 Turner St. Auburn, Maine 04210. 783-8545.