×

Garner Funeral Service

10 Lawrence Ave, Potsdam, NY

OBITUARY

Robert E. White

July 10, 1954December 5, 2019
Play Tribute Movie

Mr. Robert E. White, age 65 of Potsdam, NY, passed away tragically in the line of duty on the evening of December 5, 2019. Friends may call at the Garner Funeral Service on Tuesday, December 10th from 2-6 pm. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 11th at 11am at Hosmer Hall on the campus of SUNY Potsdam. In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory can be made to the West Stockholm Volunteer Fire Department, Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad or to the Potsdam Youth Baseball and Softball organizations. Thoughts, prayers, memories and condolences can be shared @www.garnerfh.com.

Robert is survived by his wife,Trudy White; sons Nicholas (Adrienne) White and Jason White and his companion Doug Carill; grandchildren Fletcher, Reagan and Miles White; sisters Nancy Green and Vonnie Reil and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his sisters Sherry LeClerc, Diane Phippen and Margaret Matheny as well as his parents Robert and Winona Carpenter White.

Mr. Robert E. White was born on July 10, 1954 in Potsdam, NY to Robert White and Winona Carpenter. He was a 1974 graduate of Potsdam Central School. On August 16, 1975, he was married to the love of his life, Trudy Hassler. Bob worked for Alcoa Metals and retired with over 31 years of service.

His life was dedicated to everything that was involved in being a fireman. He entered the West Stockholm Volunteer Fire Department in 1978. That very same year he was awarded Fireman of the Year. He became Chief of the department in 1980. Robert served a total of 41 years in the department and for 33 of those years, he was the Chief. In 1982 he became the Deputy Coordinator Car 7. Robert was one of the original county coordinators. He always made sure that his firemen were well trained, protected and ready for duty. He was also the co-operations manager for the fire training center in West Potsdam.

In his free time he and Trudy cherished their time with their grandchildren. They enjoyed “meet and greets” and going to rock concerts all over the country. Robert was a former commissioner of the Potsdam Youth baseball and softball organizations. He loved watching his kids’ sporting events as well as the activities of his grandchildren and he really enjoyed mowing his lawn. Bob was a staple in the firefighting community and he will surely be missed.

  • DONATIONS

  • West Stockholm Volunteer Fire Department
  • Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad
  • Potsdam Youth Baseball and Softball

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, December 10, 2019
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Memories

Robert E. White

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY
Brian Willmart

December 11, 2019

My condolences during this difficult time.

Chrissy Ayers

December 11, 2019

I am sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you through out this difficult time.

peter bence

December 10, 2019

Trudy we were so sorry to hear about bob. just wanted to let you and your family know that you are in our prayers. pete and linda bence

Laurie Thornton (Demo)

December 10, 2019

Trudy, it has been a number of years since I have seen you and your husband. Only you and women who have experienced the sudden loss of their husband know exactly what you are going through at this time.
I do know that Jesus is by you and your families side through all of this. He understands fully the love you and Bob shared and God fully understands death through what Jesus did on the cross.
Know that my husband steve and I will be praying for you through this season.
When my dad passed suddenly 9 yrs ago from a tragic mishap in the hospital the 700 people that came to give their condolences was a true blessing to the family. May you all find a comforting joy in all that will be happening the next few days as your husband is honored by all that knew him. Respectfully an old friend from P&C days Laurie Thornton

Edward Boyd

December 8, 2019

Our deepest sympathies to Bob's family. He was a wonderfully giving member of the Community. Bravo for a life well-lived Robert.

Scott Anderson

December 8, 2019

While I was the Safety and Health Manager at Alcoa’s Massena Operations, Bob was my go to resource for everything fire. Bob was the consummate professional identifying and eliminating fire hazards and ensuring our fire brigade was adequately trained and equipped. Bob’s legacy will continue through all of the volunteer fire fighters he inspired and trained

Jerry Andrews

December 8, 2019

Bob's middle name should have been fireman he was a true hero and his shoes will take a long time to fill if it can be. So sorry to his family for there great loss. He will answer the call of duty for a higher source now. The FD will miss a truey great fireman. Jerry Andrews and family

Doc Matheny

December 7, 2019

Bob cast a large shadow and he was well loved by all who knew him. His memory will long remain in the hearts of his friends and family. I was blessed to have known him. May his Lord and Savior bless his loved one's and know that he awaits them when their time on earth is over. God Bless, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Doc Matheny

Mary Bonno

December 7, 2019

Trudy,
I am so very sorry for your loss. You have been on my mind since I heard the news. Bob was a huge part of this local community and will be very missed. May your memories of him keep him in your heart. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Scott Conroe

December 7, 2019

I remember Bubba from football and track, which I photographed. I know he placed in the Van Dusen Track and Field Championship one year, either discuss throw or shot put. A nice guy. Very sorry he passed so young.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY