PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Percy Buddy White, 66, passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Jan. 17, 1947, in Skowhegan, Maine, to the late Percy J. and Eva (Berry) White. Buddy grew up in Madison, Maine, and graduated from Madison High School with the class of 1965, where he was also a standout football player. He went on to excel as an athlete by playing four years of football as a starter at William Penn College in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He is a member of the William Penn Football Hall of Fame. He graduated in 1969 with a bachelor's degree in education.
He taught school for 20 years in Maine, starting his teaching career in the Rockland School District and then moving on to teach history for many years at Madison Junior High School. He also coached football and basketball. After moving to Port St. Lucie in 1990, he married Diane (Hebert) White, on July 4, 1990. He taught 19 more years for the St. Lucie County School System before retiring in 2008. During his retirement, he worked for the PGA Country Club and Treasure Coast High School as a security guard. He truly loved all of his "school families" and they thought very highly of him. Mr. White, or Coach White as his Madison students called him, touched and mentored thousands of students. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Buddy also enjoyed traveling with his wife, Diane, cruising to the islands and visiting family and friends in Maine. He loved football and was a sport's enthusiast, enjoying hunting, fishing and golf. He especially treasured his annual trips with friends, where they traveled to Canada to fish, to professional football games to watch the Raiders play, and out west to hunt, four- wheel, and site see.
He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Diane; his children, Suzanne White, of St. George, Utah, Kelly Whalen and her husband, Mike, of Madison, Kristy Osburn and her husband, Matt, of Tequesta, and Brian Hendsbee, of Portland, Maine; six grandchildren, Shauni Nason, Sierra Nason, Erin Whalen, Sean Whalen, Chloe Osburn and Crew Osburn; one sister, Simone Dickey, and her husband, Theodore, of Waterville, Maine; nephews Tommy Dickey, Timothy Dickey and Todd Dickey; and his life-long amigos Robert Hagopian and George Ferris.
A funeral service will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at St. Lucie Catholic Church, 280 SW Prima Vista, Port St. Lucie, FL 34983. Burial will be in the spring at St. Sebastian Catholic Cemetery in Madison.
Arrangements are entrusted to Aycock Funeral Home, Port St. Lucie.
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