Richard  White
Richard William White, 77, of Cambridge Springs, died peacefully at home on Tuesday (Feb. 4, 2020) after an extended illness.
Born Jan. 31, 1943, in Grove City, he was the son of Dominic Joseph White and Elizabeth Leona Russo White. After the untimely death of Richard's loving mother in 1949, Dominic wed Mary Fatobeno Lovaglio White in 1951, and a larger and loving family was formed. Throughout his lifetime, however, Richard was greatly appreciative of the love shared with the Russo family.
Richard graduated from Grove City High School in 1960, and then graduated from Youngstown State University in 1968, with a bachelor of science degree in business administration.
He spent much of his career in the hardware industry, specializing in franchise establishment and support as well as in regional product development and sales while employed by companies such as Western Auto, Ace Hardware, American Hardware, Tel-o-Post and HWI.
A commitment to family was always a resounding theme in Richard's life. He met his future wife, Carol Ann Craig, at Geneva on the Lake in September of 1964. They wed in Butler on June 11, 1966, and were married for more than 53 years. Together, Richard and Carol raised two sons in Cambridge Springs, continuously affording much love and support.
As Richard's health declined, his bond with Carol grew even stronger, and the love for each other grew evermore apparent.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by: two sons and their wives, Michael and Kimberly White of Cambridge Springs and Christopher and Jennifer White of Lewisburg, W.Va.; seven beloved grandchildren, Eric White, Samantha White, Christopher White and Michayle White of Pennsylvania and Nicholas White, Ryan White and Luke White of West Virginia. His surviving siblings and family include: great-nieces and great-nephews; sister, Emily Benko; sisters-in-law, Chieko Lovaglio and Sherry Lavaglio Meinke; nephew, Richard Benko and wife, Mary (Shawn, Richard, Paul and Anna Jo); nephew, John Benko and wife, Karen (Jessica, Jaran, John Ryan, Jade and Devon); nephew, Vince Alessio and wife, Paula (Theresa); nephew, Joseph Alessio; niece, Mary Alessio; nephew, Rudolph Sansotta and wife, Roxanne (Patrick); nephew, Dennis Sansotta and wife, Pamela (Joshua and Justin); nephew, David Sansotta; nephew, Gary Bell and wife, Christine (Amanda); nephew, Dominic White and wife, Deborah (Adam, Andrew and Brittani); niece, Elizabeth White; niece, Chris First and husband, Shawn (Casey and Ryan); nephew, Joseph Lovaglio and wife Sandra (Joseph); nephew James Lovaglio; Melinda Lovaglio (Kaly and Kara); sister-in-law, Kathy Ford; brother-in-law, Thomas Craig and sister-in-law, Carol Craig; nephew, James Tincha and wife, Patricia (Justin, Brittany and Brandy); nephew, Thomas Tincha and wife, Deborah (Shannon and Hannah); niece, Lisa Barto and husband, Daniel (Ryan, Lexee); nephew, Mark Tincha and wife, Malissa (Luke, Taylor and Jesse); niece, Kelly Giles and husband, John (Zoe and Zachary); nephew, Thomas C. Craig and wife, Monica (Grant, Ian and Lance); niece, Heather Ford; niece, Tiffiny Ford; nephew, John Ford (Ellie); numerous great-great nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins who were dear to his heart.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: his father-in-law, Jackson Craig; mother-in-law, Ethel Mack Craig; sister, Lena Alessio and his brother-in-law, James Alessio; sister, Joanne Sansotta and his brother-in-law, Rudolph Sansotta; brother, Joseph White; brother, Salvatore (Sam) Lovaglio; brother, Donald White and sister-in-law, Marian White; brother, Donald Lovaglio; brother-in-law, Edward Benko; sister-in-law, Colleen Tincha and brother-in-law, George (Tubby) Tincha; brother-in-law, David Ford; niece, Tammy Lovaglio; niece, Lucia Lovaglio; niece, Sharon Rackie; nephew, Thomas Curtis Craig; great-niece, Jenna Benko; great-niece, Melissa Barto; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins who were, again, dear to his heart.
Besides a beautifully large immediate and extended family, Richard had many friendships, old and new, originating from all periods of his life which added meaning and created wonderful memories. So many of these referenced relationships were the source of the great stories for which Richard was known. His loving and generous heart will be greatly missed and will be forever appreciated by many.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Heart Association.
A memorial/celebration of life service is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 17, 2020, in Cambridge Springs (23285 Wilkie Road) with a dinner to follow. To send condolences, please visit www.vanmatres.com.
Published on February 14, 2020

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