Dear Paul and Staff - There are not enough words to thank you all. You are very special to me and I will never forget and will always be grateful to all of you. Very Truly Yours
Dear Paul and Staff - Jeff's passing was as much a shock for you, as for our family. Your kind, caring ways; your gentle guidance through those first few days after his death and ultimately through the calling hours and funeral - you never failed to be there when we needed you and continue to do so now. Our community is extremely fortunate to have you here to respond and assist families at such difficult times.
Joanne Fredenberg and Family
Paul and Staff - Thank you for all you did to make sure Harold was laid to rest with lots of love and dignity. I appreciate your kind, courteous and professional service.
Love, Dolores Leonard
Dear Paul and Staff - I just would like to thank you for your kindness that you gave to my husband John, during these sad times of losing both of his parents. The professionalism that you showed was outstanding but most of all your compassion and caring meant so much to us all.
Blessings & Prayers, Nancy & John Napoleon
Dear Paul & Staff - We cannot begin to express our gratitude to you for all you did to make the passing of Mom easier for us to get through. Every aspect was perfect, from making the arrangements, to making mom beautiful, to decorating with mom's things, the funeral and graveside. We will never forget your kindness and compassion during a very difficult time in our lives.
Cindy and John Belsito
Dear Paul & Staff - I wanted to thank you for all your help with my father, Howard Fox's funeral. We were so pleased with how everything was handled by you and your staff. Paul, I know that my niece really appreciated your guidance when she did the readings in church.
Words cannot express how grateful my sister and I are for all you did for our father, Thomas Turck's, funeral. You and your staff were always professional, courteous and attentive to all of our requests. From the time that Joanne and I sat with you to discuss and finalize the details for the funeral, through the burial, you could not have made it easier for us, and your attention to detail was excellent. Our father would have appreciated all the military detail, including the Army insignia on the hearse and the presenting of the three flags at the cemetery.
Joanne and I both thank you!
Paul and Staff - Your compassion helped us deal with our loss, and your professionalism was unsurpassed in helping us plan his wake and service. It truly was a celebration of David's life.
Dear Paul & Staff - Thank you for your compassion, kindness and professionalism during our time of loss and sorrow. We appreciate everything you did for our family.
Troy & Scott Ashdown and family
Dear Paul and Staff - Thank you!! Thank you!! For the manner in which you handled Tony's funeral. We were very pleased. God bless you!!
Anne Greco & son Tony
Dear Paul and Staff - Kind, gentle, efficient, professional this is what you are. Sincere thanks for all that was done for Ella and our family.
In Sorrow, Paul Panesa
Dear Paul and Staff - When you took our choices and put them into action (I am an OCD perfectionist) I could not have orchestrated the whole process better if I had directed it myself. You went above and beyond. It was phenomenal. I mean phenomenal!!!
"Personally, I think you have really answered your true calling in life, to help us deal with the death of a loved one."
Philip White, formerly of Callicoon Center, Kew Gardens, and Commack, NY, died peacefully on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at Fishkill Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing. He was 88.
Born on April 17, 1929 in NYC, Philip was the second son born to Celia Simon and Morris White. After graduating from Dewitt Clinton High School, he volunteered and served in the US Army during WWII. Thanks to the GI Bill, he was the first college graduate in his family, having earned a B.S. in Education from SUNY New Paltz in 1952. Affectionately known as “Big Phil,” he and his college sweetheart, Dorothy Woerner White, married the following year, and Phil began his teaching career. After completing his M.S. in Education from Hofstra University, he earned his Ed.D. in Science Education from Columbia University in 1970.
Dr. White’s teaching career spanned 4 decades, touching the lives of many people, from fourth-graders in Elwood, NY, to college students at LIU Southampton and CUNY Queens College, and in-service teachers and colleagues. He established and proudly served as the first director of the Queens College Center for in 1991.
Between 1959 and 1971, Phil studied at various universities in the U.S., enriching the lives of his loving wife Dorothy and their four children as they traveled with him in a 1957 Plymouth station wagon, exploring and adventuring throughout the Continental U.S.
Phil was active in Boy Scout Troop 403 in Commack, NY with his three sons, and equally supportive of his daughter’s Girl Scout activities. Through Scouting, he thoroughly enjoyed hiking, camping, and canoeing with each of his four children.
Phil was a bright, creative man with a wonderful sense of humor, who loved international travel, singing, reading and reciting poetry, and working with his hands creating silver jewelry and stained-glass objects, carpentry projects, and gardening.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dorothy Woerner White of Fishkill, NY; son Dr. Mark White and Kimberly Griffin White of Panama City, FL; daughter Janice White Greenop and Richard Greenop of Fishkill, NY; son David White of Atlanta, GA; son Matthew White and Dr. Jenny Acosta-White of Saugerties, NY; grandsons Eric Greenop of Portland, OR, Jace White of Queens, NY, Adam Greenop of Fishkill, NY, Jonathan White and Derek White of Saugerties, NY; sister-in-law Joan White of Monroe, NY; and nephew Michael White of Holland, MI.
Philip White was predeceased by his parents, and, in 1989 by his beloved older brother, Sidney White.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests the donation of a poetry book, inscribed in Philip White’s memory, to any public library. Alternatively, donations to Hudson Valley Hospice or American Heart Association are also appreciated.
Graveside services officiated by Rabbi Z. Sandhaus will be conducted on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Glendale, NY. at 11:00am. Condolence calls are welcome on Monday, March 12, 2018 between the hours of 2pm and 8pm at the home of Dorothy White, and Janice and Richard Greenop in Fishkill, NY. Shiva will be observed on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 6-8 pm at the Woodstock Jewish Congregation.
Simpson-Gaus Funeral Home, 411 Albany Ave is honored to assist the family with the arrangements.
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