Herbert Mark White - age: 92
(March 14, 1931 to October 26, 2023
Old Orchard Beach, Maine
Herbert Mark White, of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, passed away on October 26th, aged 92. He is survived by his brother, Richard, his sister, Lois, his wife, Dorothy, his two children, Kevin and Janet, as well as his four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Known as “Herb” to friends and colleagues and as “Papa” to his family, his long life included an array of accomplishments. Herb was the first member of his family to attend college, completing a bachelor’s degree in philosophy at Eastern Nazarene College, and went on to divinity school at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. A man of devout faith, he served as a pastor in the Church of the Nazarene, built a successful small business and an impressive portfolio of residential real estate. He was known for his philosophical outlook, his intense work ethic, his eloquence and humor, and his deep knowledge of Christian hymns.
Born into the Great Depression, Herb was the third of five children born to William and Vida White, immigrants from Newfoundland. He grew up on Boston’s North Shore. In the early 1950s, Herb married Millicent Neal, whom he knew from the Cliftondale Church of the Nazarene they attended growing up. Herb and Millicent had two children, and raised their family together while Herb began his ministry as a pastor.
Herb founded his own company, Herb White Siding, Roofing & Carpentry, and used the income from this business to invest in rental properties around Boston. Prosperity followed, a result of his considerable skill and dedication, combined with Millicent’s management of the household finances.
Tragically, Millicent died of a heart condition while their children were still teenagers. Herb would later remarry, and with his second wife, Helen Bishop Hansen, helped to raise John and George, her two sons from a previous marriage.
It was around this time that Herb felt called to return to ministry as a pastor. He made the pivotal decision to liquidate his commercial assets and resume his ministry, notably serving as the pastor of the Nazarene Church in Beverley, Massachusetts.
In his later years, Herb was widowered a second time, and went on to marry Dorothy Dore of Duxbury, Massachusetts. He remained active in retirement, embracing the role of patriarch, chronicler of family lore, and observer of modern American life. He was known to sing hymns gently as a he walked up the stairs to make breakfast each morning. One of his favorite hymns depicted the end of his earthly journey:
And when before the throne
I stand in Him complete
Jesus died, my soul to save
My lips shall still repeat
Jesus paid it all
All to Him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain
He washed it white as snow
Herb’s Celebration of Life will take place on Friday, November 10th at 11 a.m. at The Salvation Army, 2 Sixth Street, Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064. Graveside Committal Service will be held Saturday, November 11th at 11 a.m. at Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody, MA.
In Lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to Lustgarten Foundation, 415 Crossways Park Drive Suite D, Woodbury, NY 11797.