James A White

April 12, 1934July 25, 2018
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James (Jim) A. White, 84, of Manahawkin, NJ, formerly of Washington, PA., passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 peacefully at home in the presence of his loving family. Jim was born in Linesville, PA. and graduated from Harrisburg High School. He attended Slippery Rock University and received his master’s degree in physical education from Michigan State. He was employed at Washington & Jefferson College for 34 years. During that time, he coached football, wrestling and tennis, and retired as the Associate Athletic Director. He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame and W&J Hall of Fame, receiving an honorary doctorate from W&J upon retirement. Jim and his wife, Claire, relocated to Long Beach Island, New Jersey in 1997. For the next 17 years, Jim was employed at Loveladies Tennis Foundation every summer, where he lived out his dream of playing tennis every day.

He was predeceased by his sister, Nancy Saxton. Jim is survived by his loving wife, Claire Hanlon White. The couple enjoyed 52 years of marriage. Together, they have 3 daughters, Laura Bartley, Lisa White, and Colleen Zeltt. He is also survived by his 5 grandchildren, Katie and Meghan Bartley, Ryan, Emma and Ben Zeltt and his sister Mary Ann Churba.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at the Thos L. Shinn Funeral Home, 10 Hilliard Dr., Manahawkin, NJ from 2:00-4:00pm and 7:00-9:00pm. A Mass will be held on Monday, July 30 at 11:00am at St. Mary of the Pines Catholic Church, 100 Bishop Lane, Manahawkin, NJ. Committal service will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, Beachview Ave., Manahawkin.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim's name may be made to either Serenity Hospice Care, 56 Georgetown Rd., Bordentown, NJ 08505 or Ken's Kitchen of St. Mary, 747 W. Bay Ave., Barnegat, NJ 08008

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John Walton

August 10, 2018

Mrs. White and Family,
I was saddened to see the passing of Coach White. He will be missed by all who knew him. What a tremendous man he was. My wife and I talk about our times at W&J and about the time she spent with you at the wrestling matches. What great memories we have. Upon graduation from W&J I was able to coach Wrestling, Football and Soccer at the high school I graduated from. I often thought about Coach White and what an enjoyable experience I had with him as my wrestling and football coach. God bless you and your family.

We will keep you in our prayers.

John and Debbie Walton
W&J Class of 1981

Boyd Yesler, DMD

August 8, 2018

Dear Mrs. White and Family,

So sorry to hear of Coach White's passing.

As a member of the football coaching staff, Coach White had a unique quality of motivating us to reach our best, without the negatively that so many others in the field had exhibited. He often told a few straight faced, upbeat, and subtle "one-liners", that made me laugh after a short pause of reflection. Great humor!

I was very well received by Coach & Mrs. White, during a short visit to their Surf City, summer home in the early 1970's; great memory.

Best to All of the Family. It was a privilege to have known him,
Boyd Yesler, DMD
W & J, Class of 1973

Ted Cuneo

July 30, 2018

Claire and Family,
My sincere condolences.
You and the Coach touched so many lives including mine. For me, his lasting legacy is two-dimensional. Certainly, as a teacher, coach, mentor to thousands and thousands of students/athletes.
His coaching record is, in short; something to envy for anybody who ventures into the coaching profession – elected to two halls of fame - hard earned and well-deserved as evidenced by over 300 wrestling wins as our head coach as well as many hundreds of other W&J wins as the head tennis coach and an assistant football coach in his 30+ years at W&J.
More importantly, he was a great human being with all of the qualities one would want in a friend, husband, father, and grandfather. And as one small measure of his legacy, when there is a gathering of some of his now “old” “rasslers” and/or football players, it is a given that stories about coach are told and re-told.
He left us with some great and wonderful memories – and that is a legacy…’nuff said!

Warm Regards,
“You Never Know When They’re Gonna Change the Rules”

Donald & Joan Lightfoot

July 29, 2018

To Claire & Family:

We all lost a great man, husband, father, grandfather, coach, mentor, life coach and friend! “Whizzer” White was the BEST! Easy-going and practical as anything, Jim stepped up, presented himself, went beyond and cared deeply about his world of family and friends. So likeable and self-effacing. Loyal and devout. Simply one of a kind!

To your next life, Jim!

Donald and Joan Stevens Lightfoot (W&J staff from the past)
St. Augustine, FL

Eileen Haight

July 29, 2018

Dear Claire and family,
A memory of the first time I met Jim over 50 years ago... I was in the swimming pool in Aunt Ruth and Uncle Eddies backyard and Jim was also there. I was a shy quiet 10/11 year old. Jim talked to me, made me feel less shy and Best Of All taught me to squirt like a whale with my hand squeezing the water! I still do this and always have thought of Jim when I do.
And of course we all will remember Jim and the many Tennis matches between Jim, Will and Richard. It took Many Years before my guys maybe won even a set.
We all Loved Jim so much and have so many wonderful memories of a Wonderful Man.
With much Love and Sympathy to all,
Eileen, Richard and Will

Fran Collier

July 28, 2018

Jimmy worked at the LBIF Tennis for years. Everyday was a happy day for Jimmy when working!! Terrific tennis player always ready to round out a 4some or simply hit if that’s what one preferred.
Always had a smile on his face!!
Rest In Peace Jimmy. 🎾
Fran & Bill Collier

John and Barb Luckhardt

July 28, 2018

Jim was a friend to everyone. He was the most valuable person in the W&J athletic department. He was instrumental in the success of the athletic department at W&J. He was an even better man who will be greatly missed and long remembered by all those who knew him.

With much love and sympathy,

John and Barb Luckhardt

Leo Garneau

July 27, 2018

Mrs. White and the girls. Please accept my sincerest condolences for your loss.,
I was saddened today to learn that we lost a really nice guy. Jim White was not just a coach or a mentor, he was also a caring, genuine person. Whether if was on the football field or the mat, Skippy's coaching style encouraged and served me as a model for the development of my own leadership style.
His pet phrases like" ok, chop 'em up-up/down, up/down" while doing grass drills or the advice he gave me as a skinny 180 freshman heavyweight-he's a lot bigger, stay away from him, try not to get hurt and oh-don't get pinned. are personal treasures.
Leo Garneau W&J '75

peg & Frank solon

July 26, 2018

Dear Claire,
Frank & I would like to send you and your family our love as you enter the difficult days without your wonderful husband/father/grandfather. Your memories of his spirit and love shared will get you through your sorrow. Knowing Jim is in his forever home with God, embraced by all of heaven is something I'm sure you know as truth. May you feel peace and comfort amidst your grief. Love peg & frank Solon

Edward Navitsky

July 26, 2018

Dear Claire and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I have never met Jim, however I have met his incredible wife Claire.
Although we have just been getting to know each other through work, I have to say that Jim was as incredible as the wife he had chosen.
Please accept my deepest sympathies and my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
Your new loving friend,
Ed Navitsky