Charles Francis White, a Fairfield resident for over 60 years, died May 4. He was 94.
Charles White: former Westporter. Contributed photo
He was raised in Westport, the fourth son of Nora O’Sullivan and James Edwin White. Charlie attended Staples High School, Admiral Billard Academy and Western New Mexico University.
During World War II he served in the Army Air Corps. He was a high school teacher in Norwalk for 35 years, teaching mechanical drawing, math, horticulture and printing.
Charlie was artistically talented in a variety of mediums, including drawing, painting, sculpture, pottery, leather, wood and metal work. He sent funny missives with character drawings to his children and grandchildren when they were at camp or in college, often from the family dog’s point of view.
He had a penchant for being around animals, especially dogs and horses. Charlie was always a teacher, showing his kids how to care for the horses and the extensive vegetable garden.
He was a great storyteller, gathering children during the ski trips to Vermont to tell Mr. Brown and Billy stories. He loved reading, particularly history books and mystery stories. His motto was: “the book is always better than the movie.”
Charlie was a longtime member of the Fairfield Beach Club and enjoyed playing tennis, often multiple times a day, well into his 80s.
In the 1970s when he had his pilot license, he would tip the wings of the plane to his wife and children as he flew by.
He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years Lillian Mary Shelton, an infant son James Timothy, and his three brothers, Eugene E. White, James T. White, and Robert M. White.
Charles is survived by his four children Mary Ossowski (Stefan), Sandra Altieri (Peter), James Sherwood White (Suzanne) and Tracey Tuthill (Gregory), seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Dora M. White.
The family would like to thank Dr. Mithil Choksey, Brenda Renzulli, APRN, and Jacqueline Bostick, RN, from Bridgeport Geriatrics, and Jeanne DiMuzio, the nurses, and caregivers at Spring Village for their excellent care.
Burial at Oaklawn Cemetery will be private.