Deacon John L. White

October 19, 1951January 29, 2019
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Surviving is his wife Mary Lou; a son Justin White & his wife Jessica of Heuvelton; a daughter Jillian White of LaBelle FL; grandchildren Ryleigh White, Alan Johnson, Luke Johnson & Niko Newson; two brothers Louis White of Vernon NY and James White & his wife Patricia of Sylvan Beach along with many nieces & nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother Thomas White; two sisters Irene Burns & Ellen White and a sister-in-law Barrie White.

Deacon White was born on October 19, 1951 in Ogdensburg NY, a son of the late Philip & Catherine (Pilon) White. He graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in 1969 and continued his education at Jefferson Community College and SUNY Brockport where he earned a Bachelor’s degree. He later married Mary Lou Farrell on September 4, 1982 at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

During his career he worked as a dairy farmer in Lisbon, Bartender in Ogdensburg, Therapy Aid and Director of Personnel and Human Resources at Sun Mount Developmental Center in Tupper Lake until 2011.

In September of 2009, he was ordained a Catholic Deacon at St. Mary’s Cathedral. His diocesan appointments included Associate Director of Deacon Formation; Public Policy Council of the NYS Catholic Conference; Director of Deacon Formation; and Spiritual Director of the Ogdensburg Curia of the Legion of Mary. Deacon White was also a Chaplain for the Knights of Columbus and sat on the ethics board for Claxton Hepburn Medical Center.

John enjoyed golfing, gardening, ministry and spending time with his grandchildren.


  • Steve Bateman
  • Dick Sovie
  • Mike Farrell
  • Pat Farrell
  • Steve Friot
  • Josh Harper


  • Calling Hours Friday, February 1, 2019
  • A Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, February 2, 2019

Deacon John L. White

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William OReilly

February 5, 2019

Good memories of a fine man. Thoughts are with you. Peace.

David Valois

February 4, 2019

Sincerest condolences to the family of Deacon White.

P a m Neal

February 2, 2019

Sorry for your lost!

Kit Potter

February 2, 2019

Prayers for John's family. I was honored to work with him at Sunmount for several years. He was a very kind and generous man. He will be truly missed.

Helen Childs Houck

February 2, 2019

To all the White family. So sorry for your loss. Memory of John takes me back when his mom was nite nurse on peds at ABHH. When I got to work in the morn first thing she would say was call the boys( Tom and John )and get them up. Such good memories of all the White family. Love and prayers to all.

Barbara Michael

February 1, 2019

I am so saddened by John's passing, what a wonderful man and spiritual inspiration to us all. You're in my prayers for strength and the ability to give your suffering up to The Lord.

Clede/Shelley Spooner

February 1, 2019

Mary Lou and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Clede and Shelley Spooner

Celina Burns

February 1, 2019

Dear Mary Lou, Justin, Jillian and family,
I am so sorry that you are experiencing the pain of John passing. I have many, many fond memories of John in school with me at St. Mary's Academy. They were fun times. I also especially got to know him even better when he became deacon at St. Mary's Cathedral. During that time we worked closely together in the Religious Education Program. He taught students in the Confirmation Program. He shared many of his personal stories with the students and he had such a sense of humor. I am especially grateful how he touched my own children. When our daughter Mary was Confirmed, she wanted to pray the Liturgy of the Hours. John gave her his personal Liturgy of the Hours book and spent the time to show her how to use it. He also was involved with her husband, Luke's, Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation at the Easter Vigil. Luke said he will never forget John's presence in one of the most important days of his life. We can learn from John's life, "Love like there is no tomorrow, find humor in the everyday happenings of life and find strength from Our Lord, His yoke is easy and His burden light". I will truly miss him. May you find peace in the Lord and those he sends to comfort you.

In His Love,

Melanie Morgan

February 1, 2019

Mary Lou,
There are no words to express the sorrow I feel in my heart for you and your family. Please know that I am here if you need someone to talk to or just a shoulder to lean on. 🙏💕
May you Rest In Peace John.
Melanie Morgan

Mary Keenan

January 31, 2019

Dear Mary Lou,
I just finished watching the beautiful video tribute for John.I am so very moved in seeing the life that John and you shared with your children,Justin and Jillian,and your family.I did not know you in all those years but I am so happy I had a time to know John as my Deacon at St.Mary's and get to know you as a friend.I am so very sorry for your loss,and I do hope that I can help you in your mourning.Love,Mary