Lifelong Greenport resident Kenneth E. White Jr. died Dec. 6 at his home. He was 73.
He was born Oct. 24, 1942, in Greenport to Edith (Kruk) and Kenneth White and graduated from Greenport High School in 1960.
He married Jerri Burt May 21, 1989, at Greenport Methodist Church in a ceremony performed by Jerri’s brother, Steve Burt.
Mr. White served for many years with local fire departments. He joined the Greenport Fire Department in 1971, where he served as chief, first assistant chief and second assistant chief. He was a current member of Standard Hose Company No. 4, where he had previously served as captain, first lieutenant, second lieutenant and chief driver for truck 8-3-4. Mr. White was also a past member of Star Hose Company No. 3, where he served as captain, first lieutenant, second lieutenant, and for eight years, warden. During Mr. White’s service in Greenport, he was the chairman of fire prevention and was the main sponsor involved with Cole Bros. Circus, working to obtain funds for fire prevention. He also served as houseman/radio dispatcher for the Cutchogue Fire Department and, from 1989 to 1993, was a member of the Shelter Island Fire Department, where he served as captain, first lieutenant and second lieutenant.
In addition, Mr. White was an EMT with the Shelter Island Red Cross Ambulance, a past Greenport school board member and a member of East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation.
Family members said he loved cooking, catering, parties, volunteering, fireworks, the circus and carnivals.
Predeceased by his son, Devin, on Feb. 9, 2015, Mr. White is survived by his wife of 26 1/2 years, Jerri; his stepdaughter, Jennifer Curtin; his daughters, Donna Dunne, Cheryl Shepherd and Augusta White; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
The family will receive visitors Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Horton-Mathie Funeral Home in Greenport, where service will take place at 3:30 p.m., officiated by Father Richard Hoerning. A 11 a.m. funeral mass will take place Thursday, Dec. 10, at St. Agnes R.C. Church in Greenport, officiated by Father Tom. Interment will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Cutchogue.
Memorial donations may be made to Greenport Fire Department or East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation.