Richard C. White, 91, of Millsboro, Del., passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. He was born Sept. 22, 1925, in Amherst, Mass., to the late Ralph H. White Sr. and Mildred Ames White.
Even as a youth, White was a very active and accomplished person, becoming an Eagle Scout. He went on to become a teacher in the industrial-arts (shop) program of the Indian River School District, where he became a beloved figure, retiring in 1979, after 30 years of service. He taught industrial arts, drafting and woodworking, and pioneered the “Golden Hammer Award,” which became a highly coveted honor sought by Indian River students. Years after his retirement, in 2001, White was pleasantly surprised and pleased when his grandson, Paul, won that award
In addition, he sponsored the Rifle Club, and coached girls’ basketball, track and football. In off-seasons, he built houses, and he continued building after his retirement. He raised chickens and cattle, all while being very devoted to his family. He was a friendly, dedicated person who had wit and kindness and skill, the kind of person the world will have a very hard time replacing. He also loved animals and was attached to his feline friend Sue Ellen.
In addition to his parents, White was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Loretta M. White, in 2008; two brothers, Ralph and Earl White; and a sister, Ruth O’Brien. He is survived by three children, Cindy Hoban and her husband, Bill, of Dagsboro, Del., Cora Parsons and her husband, Preston, of Dagsboro, and a son, Chris White, of Millsboro; five grandchildren, Billy Hoban and wife, Sarah, Paul Parsons and his wife, Brittany, Maggie White, Andy Parsons and Kit White; three great-grandchildren, Lily Hoban, Tyler Parsons and Gracie Hoban; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and his feline friend Sue Ellen, whom he adored.
The family gave special thanks to all of his caregivers, who they said have been a tremendous help to the family.
A funeral was rescheduled for Jan. 15, 2017, with visitation at 11 a.m. and service at 1 p.m. at Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro, Del. Burial will follow, at Woodlawn Memorial Park. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.