Harold “Tug” White 1935-2016
Down East Maine lost a great man early Saturday, March 19th, with the passing of Harold "Tug" White.
Tug passed peacefully on the morning of 19 March with his family by his side. Tug was born to Grace (Moran) and Harold L White Sr. in New Limerick, ME. He grew up in Brooklyn, NY (Flatbush) until his family moved back to Ellsworth, Maine in 1948. A graduate of Ellsworth High School, Tug was a three sport athlete and a member of Ellsworth's first State Championship Basketball team in 1953.
After high school, he attended Maine Central Institute Prep School and then enlisted in the United States Air Force as a personnel specialist. He was stationed overseas in England, separating after four years and returning to Maine to attend the University of Maine in Orono. He earned his Bachelor's degree in education and taught in the Bar Harbor (where he also coached football) and Ellsworth school systems. He worked for a while as a social worker for the Department of Human Services, but returned to education as t he Assistant Director of Special Education for Hancock County. He spent 30 plusyears in Special Education, retiring in 2004.
Tug spent many years as the voice of High School Basketball and Football for Hancock County as a broadcaster for WDEA radio, additionally he spent time as a sports broadcaster for WVII TV in Bangor. Tug loved all sports and followed Ellsworth High School sports and the Boston Red Sox closely. He was instrumental in bringing the sport of football back to Ellsworth after decades of being gone. He loved spending time with friends fishing, golfing and even became an accomplished bridge player.
Tug married Anne Marie Allen in 1961 and was married for 32 years. He is survived by his brother Kent White and his wife Margaret of Connecticut. His children, Brian White of Ellsworth, Russell White and his wife Christena of Ellsworth, David (Randy) White of Ellsworth and Jennifer Alexander and her husband Brett of Ellsworth. His grandchildren Cristina, Lindsay and Abigail White of New Hampshire. Declan and Ryan White of Ellsworth and Wyatt and Quinn Alexander of Ellsworth.
Along with many special nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his parents and his brother David.
The family would like to extend special thanks to his caregiver Linda Anderson, One Step Home Care, Hospice of Hancock County and the staff of Seaport Village.
The family is planning a celebration of life at Big Cat's Catering on American Way in Trenton, Maine on Saturday March 26 2016 from 4-7 pm. Drinks and refreshments will be provided.
The family is asking that in lieu of flowers that you make donations to the Ellsworth Football League, in care of Duane Crawford.
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