George White, OFM
1923 – 1995
Fr. George White, OFM, was born in Paterson, N.J., on April 26, 1923. He attended primary and secondary school in his local parish, St. Bonaventure Church. He spent two years at St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., and received the habit of St. Francis in Paterson Aug. 11, 1951. He professed temporary vows Aug. 13, 1952, and made his profession of solemn vows on Aug. 16, 1955. Fr. George was ordained a priest in Washington, D.C., on April 25, 1959.
After ordination, Fr. George was assigned to St. Anthony Church in Asheville, N.C. His early years of priesthood were spent in the south?at Immaculate Conception Church in Atlanta, Ga., and St. Anthony Parish in Pensacola, Fla. From the south, he went to St. Patrick’s in Buffalo, N.Y.
In 1973, Fr. George was assigned to St. Francis Chapel in Providence, R.I., where he spent the next 20 years as an active minister. His gentle manner and childlike ways endeared him to the many people whom he served. He was known as the “gentle giant” because mild ways were embodied in his 6-foot-9-inch frame. In 1991, he was appointed spiritual assistant for the Secular Franciscans.
Ill health forced Fr. George into retirement at St. Anthony’s Friary in St. Petersburg, Fla. He died in St. Anthony Hospital, St. Petersburg, on May 23, 1995. He was 72 years old, a professed friar for 42 years and a priest for 36 years.