Alice L. White
Alice L. White
Alice L. White
president of family business
Alice L. White, 87, of Warwick, died peacefully at Rhode Island Hospital February 3, 2012 after a very brief illness. She was surrounded by her loving family and close friends who celebrated her life as a beautiful and dedicated mother, friend and business colleague. She was the wife of the late John F. White. They were married for 39 years. Together they established a family-owned small business, which was founded in 1952.
Alice was president of the John F. White & Company, a wholesale heating supply distributor in Providence. She was a proud member of the local oil heat industry. Right up until her passing, she put in full 12-hour workdays, each and every day, servicing her beloved customers, many of whom called her “mama.” She took over the family business from her husband in 1983 after his death and together with her son, Steve, relished the opportunity to carry on the business in his memory. She did so with elegance, intelligence, kindness and savvy.
Fiercely modest, she was considered by others to be a leader and role model in her industry. She was profiled in the trade publication “Fuel Oil News” in December 2011. The article, “Women in the Industry,” noted her passion and work ethic: “Alice could well retire, but due to her dedication to her customers, she can be found daily at the counter greeting and serving their needs. Over the years Alice has gained a wealth of product knowledge and can assist in solving many trade related issues,” stated the article. “Let’s show our appreciation when they least expect it.”
In addition to her family and her family-run business, Alice loved the beach, the Boston Red Sox, Irish and Big Band music, vintage automobiles and interacting with puppies and kitties of all types. She was a member of the former Canonchet Beach Club in Narragansett, where she hosted cookouts on the cabana for her family and friends for decades. She was an officer and a director of Quidnessett Memorial Cemetery. She was a proud and long-time member of the Oil Heat Institute of Rhode Island, the National Association of Oil and Energy Service Professionals and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.
She is survived by her son, Steven J. White; her daughters, Patricia L. Baker and her husband, John Baker Jr., Laureen L. White-Taricani and her husband, Jim Taricani, Maureen L. White and her fiancé, Gary D. Hess; in addition to three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Her funeral will be held Feb. 7 at 9 a.m. from Barrett & Cotter Funeral Home, 1328 Warwick Avenue, Warwick, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Timothy Church, 1799 Warwick Ave., Warwick. Burial will be in Quidnessett Memorial Cemetery, North Kingstown.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute, c/o Rhode Island Hospital, P.O. Box H, Providence, RI 02901. Her family is most grateful to the compassionate team of medical and chaplainry professionals who shepherded her safe and peaceful journey into God’s hands.