Timothy J. White, 52: Known for his humor, love of basketball

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YARMOUTH — Timothy Jay White, 52, of Yarmouth and Carrabassett Valley, died peacefully at home Dec. 13 after a courageous battle with ALS and pancreatic cancer.

Born in Portland, a son of Donald and Barbara White, he graduated from Westbrook High School, Dean College and the University of Southern Maine.

After the sudden death of his father in 1980, he and his brother Michael took over the family business, The White Brothers, a general contracting company. Over the years he served in almost every capacity of the business, and most recently had served as general superintendent and vice president.

He was well known for his quick wit and sense of humor, often playing practical jokes on employees throughout the day.

He married Dorothy Patla in 1989 and raised their three daughters in the home they built on Forest Lake in Cumberland.

In 1999 they moved to Yarmouth, where he enjoyed working on their historic home on Greely Road and made many friends in the Yarmouth community.

Prior to his ALS diagnosis, he was very active, skiing at Sugarloaf with family and playing basketball in the Yarmouth men’s league.

He loved basketball and coached youth basketball when his daughters were younger. As a member and past president of the Yarmouth Basketball Boosters, he was instrumental in the construction of the outdoor basketball courts at Yarmouth High School.

In 2007, he was awarded the Real Heroes Lifesaving Award from the American Red Cross of Southern Maine for helping save a man’s life after he collapsed on the basketball court during a men’s league game.

Growing up, he developed a deep love of fishing and as an adult, one of his greatest enjoyments was spending time fishing at his lakeside cabin on Foss Pond.

Throughout his life, his philanthropy benefited many local non-profits, including Riding to the Top Therapeutic Riding Center in Gray and the Morrison Center in Scarborough. Also, he served on the board of directors of the Westbrook Hospital, and the Family Council of the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation.

He had a soft heart and was a funny, entertaining person. Underneath the jokes and humor was a strong, supportive husband and father who always put his family first.

He was predeceased by his father, Donald, in 1980, and his oldest daughter, Annie Veronica, in 2005.

Surviving are his wife Dorothy; his two daughters, Elizabeth White and Rachel White, both of Yarmouth; his mother, Barbara White of Portland; his brother Michael and wife Nikki of Westbrook; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held last weekend.

Memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Northern New England Chapter, The Concord Center, 10 Ferry St., Suite 438, P.O. Box 314, Concord, NH, 03301, or to the Yarmouth Basketball Boosters, c/o Andrew Smith, 23 Storer St., Yarmouth, ME 04096.

Arrangements are by Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St. Portland.

Please visit jonesrichandhutchins.com for additional information and to sign the guestbook.

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