Mathew Charles White
Mathew, a beloved and cherished husband, father, grandpa, great-grandpa and uncle. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Carol Selmer White, as well as his daughter, Mary Merkle and her husband, Shawn of Montfort, Wisconsin and his son, Michael White, and his wife, Susan Leahy, of Wickford, Rhode Island. He is survived by his grandchildren, Christopher Cobb (Kristen Bryant), Zachary Cobb, Krystal Hernandez (Mario), Ash White, Carrie White Johnson (James,) Alicia White, Kellie Merkle Flentje (Joseph Eric), Michael White II, Kaelyn Merkle Bomkamp (Micah), Jasper White and Brigid White. Mathew is survived by nine great-grandchildren, whom he would tease by roaring, causing them to shriek and roar back! Mathew is survived by his older brother, Sam White of Milton, Vermont. He is predeceased by his sons, Frank White and Raymond White, Sr., his grandson, Raymond White, Jr., as well as three sisters and two brothers. He is remembered by many loving nieces and nephews.
Mathew was born in Bethel, Vermont, the youngest of seven children of Lida May Walker of Bethel and Austin White of Providence, Rhode Island. He grew up at the old homestead in Bethel, living very near his Walker grandparents and his great-aunt, Frankie Pember. He shared fond memories of Bethel right up until recent days. In 1961, he married Irene Styles and they had four children together. Mathew worked for St. Johnsbury Trucking for many years and tended his large gardens, each year planting his crops. He was great on his tractor and happy in his fields in Westminister, Vermont. In retirement, he and Carol traveled the country – including Alaska – in their RV, making friends all along the way. He loved fishing and hunting. Mathew was a happy fixture at each of the forty annual White Family Reunions. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, last participating in the Keene, NH Ward.
A kind, considerate and gentlemanly man, his family will cherish the heartfelt stories about his dogs, particularly Tippie, Humphrey and Pépé. Ask Mat “How are you?” He would jokingly respond “Just about as mean, miserable and ugly as ever,” his smile warm and contagious. His family will remember lots of little expressions he had when playing card games like Up and Down the River, Pitch, Nickel Nickel, and Cribbage.
Visitation will be held on Monday, November 20, 2023, from 1:00 until 2:30 PM with a Service starting at 2:30 at Fenton and Hennessey Funeral Home, 55 Westminster Street, Bellows Falls, VT.