North Country loses spiritual leader

WESTPORT The North Country has lost one of its most respected figures.

Monsignor Francis A. White, 83, died Thursday, Sept. 26, 2007, at the Meadowbrook Healthcare Center following a lengthy illness.

He was more than just our parish priest, he was a brother to everyone. He was a fine man, and an amazingly good priest who loved what he did and did it well, said his longtime friend Aileen Geiling.

Until earlier this year White was in residence at St. Philip Neri Church, in Westport. He was pastor at St. Elizabeth's Church, in Elizabethtown, from 1978 until his retirement in 1999.

Interment took place earlier this week in St. Ann's Cemetery, in Mooers Forks.

A life spent serving the North Country
Monsignor White served as a distinguished priest and much-loved pastor in a variety of assignments during his more than fifty years as a priest in the Diocese of Ogdensburg. It was always a joy to be in his presence. His gentle manner and priestly dedication were an example and inspiration to all who knew him. I particularly enjoyed visiting with him and listening to his stories of earlier days here in the diocese. He had a wonderful sense of history. His insights were always very much appreciated. His kindness will long be remembered, said the Most Rev. Robert J. Cunningham, Bishop of Ogdensburg.

Monsignor White was born on Aug. 10, 1924, in Mooers Forks, NY, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Tremblay) White. He attended St. Mary's Academy in Champlain, graduating in 1942. After attending St. Michael's College, in Winooski, VT, he was enrolled at Wadhams Hall Seminary College, in Ogdensburg, until 1945. He completed his theological studies at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, MD.

He was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood on May 28, 1949, at Sacred Heart Church, in Massena, by thenBishop Bryan J. McEntegart.

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