Joe White, "Poppee", 71, of Essex died on Wednesday Sept. 17, 2014 due to complications from a lifetime battle with Rheumatoid Arthritis. He was surrounded by family. Joe was born in Massena, NY on Oct. 15, 1942, the son of the late Winfield and Ursula (LaCroix) White. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1961-1965. He was employed at G.E. for 2 years before starting his lifetime career in the U.S. Postal Service. He retired as Post Master in Westford, VT in 1997. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Judy (Plankey) White, his son Jim and wife Becky of Boise, Idaho, his son Joe of Winooski, his daughter Julie and husband Dave Guerino of Essex, his grandchildren Matthew and Anna White and Ryan and Kayla Guerino, his faithful dog Dutch, his sister Mary and husband Bill Johnston of Florence, Arizona, his aunt Lois White of Massena, NY and numerous extended family members and friends who considered Joe to be like family. Joe’s passion for motorcycling took him across 48 states. He enjoyed snowmobiling, woodworking, camping and playing cards with family and friends. He was a dedicated volunteer for Essex Meals on Wheels. It was clear to anyone who knew Poppee that family was his life. In lieu of flowers gifts in Poppee’s honor may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101 (www.partnersinhope.org).
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 1:00PM Monday September 22, 2014 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Winooski, Vt. Visitation will be Monday September 22 from 11:00AM to 12:00PM at LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 132 main St., Winooski, Vt 05404. Online condolences may be shared with the family at lavignefuneralhome.com.