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Obituary: Marcus William White, Sr.

Marcus William White Sr., 95, formally of Milford, CT, died peacefully at Masonicare in Wallingford, CT on June 6, 2017.  Born on July 26, 1921 in Bridgeport, CT to Hazel and William White, Marcus lived in Fairfield, CT until his enlistment in the United States Navy at age 18.  He was predeceased by Mary Miles White, his wife of 65 years and his sister, Shirley Hodge.

He is survived by his daughters Barbara Hanscom (Michael) of Orange, CT, Nancy Johnson (Wesley) of Hartland, VT and son Marcus White Jr. (Nancy) of Chesapeake, VA, grandchildren Michael Hanscom Jr., William Johnson (Jessica), Christopher Johnson (Arlette), Rebecca Fetterman (Dylan), Hannah White and Noah White.  He will be missed by his 10 great grandchildren, Caitlin, Andrew and Jonathon Hanscom, Amber, Danielle and Ella Johnson, Kaitlyn Grenier, Ava and Chris Johnson and Ryder Fetterman.  He is also survived by sisters Joyce Lucas, Hamden, CT and Ruth Czismar (Edward), Haverhill, MA as well as many nieces and nephews.

Marcus’s distinguished career in the US Navy Submarine Force lasted over 13 years and included 7 war patrols during WWII and the Korean War.  He received 6 Naval awards and the Bronze Star V.  After receiving a B.S. and Masters Degree in Zoology from Syracuse University, he began teaching 7th and 8th grade science and mathematics for 27 years in Fairfield, CT.  During that time, he also received a 6th Year Degree beyond his Masters Degree.

Marcus was an avid fly fisherman, traveled extensively and his love of books lasted a lifetime.  He was a Mason first with the Hamden Day Spring Lodge #30 and with the Milford Ansantawae Lodge 89 for 27 years.  He was a devoted Masonic representative at the West Haven Veteran’s Hospital for more than 25 years and he received the prestigious Pierpont Edwards Medal in 2004 for distinguished service.

Marcus was a loving husband and extraordinary father, grandfather and great grandfather.  He lived an “amazing” life and was never afraid to try new things, amassing more talents than one could ever imagine.  The family would like to thank the staff of Wooster 3 at Masonicare in Wallingford for the love and special care that Marcus received.  Arrangements were in the capable hands of the Smith Funeral Home, 135 Broad Street, Milford.  Funeral services were at the United Church of Christ-Devon, 30 Ormond Street, Milford.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the United Church of Christ-Devon or the charity of one’s choice.  To leave condolences, please visit

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