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Obituary for Dewey T. White, Jr.

Dewey Thomas White, Jr., an Acton, Massachusetts resident for over 50 years, passed away peacefully on March 11, 2024, at the age of 90. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Rosemary White née Silva of Acton, Massachusetts; his son, Dewey Thomas White, III, of Hooksett, New Hampshire; his daughter, Dewanne Marie Phillips, and her husband, Edward Phillips, of Great Falls, Virginia; his son, Edward Thomas White, and his wife, Ruthie, of Richmond, Virginia; his grandchildren Amber and her husband, Michael, Alec, Emily, Andrew, Margaret, and George Dewey; his great granddaughter, Rory; and his sister, Dewanne Bucceroni, of Hatfield, Pennsylvania. Dewey was pre-deceased by his parents, Dewey Thomas White, Sr., and Anna Josephine Carroll White, and his sister, Shirley Peregrine Goldsmith.

Dewey was born in Binghampton, New York on April 8, 1933. Dewey spent most of his childhood in Topsfield, Massachusetts, and spent many of his summers with his family on Baker’s Island, Massachusetts. A graduate of Chauncy Hall School, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the School of Practical Arts and Letters at Boston University. Dewey also received his Master of Education degree from Salem State University.

Dewey’s studies at Boston University led him to a career in architectural rendering and education. He was a Juried Artist with the Rockport Art Association, and his work has been displayed in numerous galleries. Dewey’s architectural drawings are treasured pieces in private and public collections in the United States and Europe.

As an educator, Dewey taught students in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and California for over forty-two years. He spent the great majority of his teaching career in the Acton Public School System, where he is lovingly remembered by his teaching colleagues and students.

Dewey was beloved by his family and friends. His wit and sense of humor lit up the room and he enlivened every occasion. He dearly loved his wife, Rosemary, who was his by his side as his best friend, care giver, and comedic partner throughout their 65-year marriage. He also dearly loved his children, grandchildren, and great grandchild, and was at his happiest when he spent time with them.

Dewey touched so many people during his life. He was gracious, humble, and generous with his time. He will be deeply missed.

Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours on Wednesday, March 20th from 4:00-7:00PM in the Acton Funeral Home 470 Massachusetts Avenue (Rte.111) Acton. The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, March 21st at 10:00AM in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, 142 Prospect Street Gloucester. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, 165 Eastern Avenue, Gloucester.