- 102 years old
- Date of birth: Oct 1, 1913
- Date of passing: Feb 22, 2016
|Let the memory of Edwin be with us forever|
"Bishop Edwin White had a huge capacity to love, and he was loved in return by so many, known to him and unknown. Rest in perfect peace sir."
"To The Family of Elder White,
II Timothy 4:6-8 encourages us saying, "For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day...."
Hereby, the Almighty God has called home one of our dearly beloved pioneers Elder White. Elder White became a member of St. John in 1978, became Pastor in 1981 and served as Elder in 1992 until 2012. It has been said that his favorite scripture was Psalm 90. "Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations." It has been said he was passionate about Education and music. He played the piano and the accordion. he always said he would live to make his 100th birthday, he did just that and the lord increased it and allowed him to live to his 102nd birthday. Good really blessed him with long life!
We extend our deepest condolences to his beloved family and the St. John FBH Church family. Elder White will be missed. When we face death, it seems to always bring to our hearts the deepest shadows of sorrow, but God is able to see you through it.
The Jr. Missionary Department shares in this celebration service foe Elder White. "To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord1"
We are praying for your strength!
Most humbly submitted,
The National Jr. Missionary Department
Minister Sharon James, Chairlady - 1st Episcopal Diocese
Minister Regina Raiford, 2nd Episcopal Diocese
Minister Rosa B. Sutton, 3rd Episcopal Diocese
Sister Cleve Ann Mack, Emeritus
Sister Demetri C. Braxton, Emeritus
Sister Brenda O. Conley, Emeritus"
"Elder White, a well respected Business Man, Educator, School Principal, Musician, Philanthropist, Notary Public, Humanitarian, Minister, Assistant Pastor, Pastor, Elder just to name a few of his attributes but most of all Elder White has been a servant of the Lord with much wisdom and understanding who desired to be meek humble, cooperative and helpful. He became a member of The St. John Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God of the Americas, Inc. in the year of 1978 and served in this ministry until the year of 2012.
As a highly qualified minister and well known Bible Expositor he provided spiritual growth through his preaching with much prayer & fasting not only to the members of his congregation but also to the public.
Every member of the Fire Baptized congregation with whom he has served for 34 years continues to give sincere thanks to him for all he has done for us and for the Kingdom of God.
God satisfied him with long life and the one thing that was unique about Elder White is that he was always very careful to give God the glory for every accomplishment in his life.
To the bereaved family we tender our deepest sympathy. May you find comfort in knowing Blessed are the Dead that Die in the Lord.
Pastor Adelyn Stanley and Congregation
Bishop Alonzo Rodgers
St. John Fire Baptized Holiness Church"
"A Tribute in memory of Mr Edwin R. White
Mr Edwin R. White was a role model to many of us as young people in Montserrat. I admired his deportment, his speech and command of the English Language, his great passion for music and his influence as an educator.
As a teenager he taught me typewriting and was very patient with his students.
On March 1, 1963, my head teacher, Miss Maizie Martineau told me to write an application for teaching. By the following month I was employed in my school as a teacher. Looking back now, I am convinced that Mr. White might have been quite instrumental in that process.
I just want to share three things I will always remember about him.
1. Three years into my teaching career, the doctor recommended that I quit teaching because of problems with my vocal chords. When Mr.White received the letter,his reply was, "No, I can't afford to let you go. We need teachers like you.". I continued until I took early retirement in 1997.
Secondly, he visited the Dyers Pentecostal Church one Sunday and met me dressed in a white blouse with elastic around the waist and sleeves. In his opinion he felt the length of the blouse was inappropriate and advised me to go back home and change it. I simply obeyed even though I thought my blouse was o.k. No offense. I respected the man.
Thirdly, when I decided to get married in July, 1968, I went to him and told him of my plans. He agreed and gave me his support. He made sure he was present at my wedding and that meant a lot to me. For me he was a father figure. I loved him.
As an educator, Christian believer, an accomplished musician and a man of many talents Mr White, Teacher Edwin has made a lasting impact upon my life as an individual. I will always have fond memories of him.
He has gone home to his eternal reward. My condolences to my cousins Yvonne and Lauretta, other close family members and friends.
May his soul rest in peace..
Linda V. White (Teacher Linda).
"Sometimes one forgets that, whilst a unique person (like Rev Edwin White) was energetic, intelligent, skilful, knowledgable and full of life, that at some stage we would need to say goodbye.
What glorious times we have shared; we will not be starved of numerous memories. He was an advisor, a father, a friend, a confidant and many many more.
May he rest in peace until we meet again.
Many thanks to Yvonne for taking such good care of him, making his final days comfortable.
Love Linda and David Summers"
"Even as we mourn the loss of one whom we knew and loved, it is heartening to know that their memory still lives on.
If I was to be asked to use one word in remembering Mr. E.R.white, It would be "Music" When I entered Bethel Primary school, Mr. White was the Inspector of schools and Music was on the curriculum.
Little did I know that He was a gifted musician who had no intention in keeping this gift to himself.
Long before music festivals were spoken of, Mr. White was organizing annual music competitions among the primary schools.
I can still visualize the Hallelujah Chorus written in "Tonic- Sol- Fah on a black Board in the school for weekly rehearsal in preparation for that years competition .
In addition to his regular visit as Inspector of schools, he would make these special visits when he would arrive with a piece of equipment which I now know was a reel to reel tape recorder which he used for recording the songs for those competitions. "This was his moment"
I am quite certain that whatever little singing children of that era can do was due in part to his interest in music and his willingness to encourage head teachers to teach singing in the schools.
May his soul rest peacefully as he begin to sing in the Heavenly Choir."
"I wish to extend sincere and heartfelt condolences to you Yvonne, other members of the family, and friends of our beloved Bishop White.
We thank the Most High God for the legacy that Bishop White has left us, for the ways he invested his life in the lives of many, for spreading the love of Jesus Christ so that others could share in His riches, for all of the things he did so lovingly, and for all of the time he gave so unselfishly. He was indeed a gift to the body of Christ.
Bishop White has for many years, been a blessing, a great source of inspiration and encouragement, and a very special person in my life. “All that I am, and ever hope to be, I owe it all to the Lord! To God be the glory for the things He has done!” But, it has been said that “God has no hands but our hands, and no feet but our feet”, and Bishop White allowed God to use his feet to turn the tide of my life, for good.
Bishop White has also been one of my “cheer-leaders”. He expressed great pride in my appointment as Ambassador/High Commissioner to Canada for the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, and I knew that I could always count on him for his prayers and encouragement.
We know that God will grant you the strength to get through this difficult period. We can draw on the strength from the Holy Spirit in the knowledge that His servant, Bishop White has now entered through the gates of splendor, to dwell in the welcoming presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are also comforted by the assurance that he has “fought a good fight” and is now in a place of eternal rest, safe in the arms of Jesus Christ. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Submitted in Love"
"Those who mean the most to us are never really gone. For in our thoughts and in our hearts their memory still lives on.... Rest in peace Mr White."
"On behalf of Louisa (Lucy Buffong) Kirwan and family: We send our condolences to "Teacher Edwin's" family. Also known as "Cousin Edwin" to us. His life is remembered as one who shared his love with us, as children and was such a kind friend to our mother (Grace Buffong), until she died. He is a outstanding figure of the Pride of Harris's, Montserrat.
God Rest him in Perfect Peace."
Thank you for blessing me with a prayer when we last met on your 100 birthday. Thank you for being a great farther in-law. I will always love you for I learnt so much from you. Gran-dad we will now walk in your shoes with God's love and those shoes will take a life time to fill. Rest in peace love you from Topaz and Kofi."
"Farewell Brother : from your Sister Eleanor Francis & Family
Farewell to Thee! But not farewell
To all my fondest thoughts of Thee;
Within my heart they still shall dwell
And they shall cheer and comfort me.
Life seems more sweet that Thou didst live
And men more true Thou wert one;
Nothing is lost that Thou didst give,
Nothing destroyed that Thou hast done.
Dear Uncle Edwin
I remember your visits to us in the UK with great fondness.
Your visits filled our lives with a little more wisdom, a little more happiness, a little more warmth and a lot more love.
That is what I will remember,
Your motivational advice and your love
That caring wise and watchful eye
Which now looks down at us from above
May you rest in peace knowing your sorely missed by
Your sister Eleanor and all your Neices & Nephews in England"
"TO THE FAMILY OF REV. EDWIN ROLAND WHITE
HE SERVED WITH DIGNITY AND INTEGRITY
The members of Deeper Life Christian Ministries and I join with the family, loved ones, and friends of our beloved Rev. Edwin White as they celebrate his home going. May the family be encouraged and take comfort in the words of the Apostle Paul “to be absent from the body, and to be present with The Lord." 1Corinthians 5:8.
I knew Rev. White for several years. He was a godly man who took the teachings and ministry of the Word seriously. He never ceased to remind us how important the soul of man is, and one must be always ready to meet with God. He demonstrated enormous strength in His walk with God and was strong in faith. Also, he was gracious, a people’s person, humble, an inspirer, expounder of the scriptures, a counselor, firm in character, a man of wisdom, and a 'no nonsense person' who upheld his integrity in the midst of trials. He was a devoted saint who loved the Lord, his family, and the church. In fact, his life depicted that of a genuine Christian who heeded to the Scripture, which states “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven”.
Pastor White was one of the many pastors who mentored me in ministry over the years. At the inception of Deeper Life Christian Ministries, one day he sat me down and said, "I just want to encourage you, because you have taken a very bold step, but the Lord is with you." At the end of our unforgettable conversation, he prayed for my guidance, wisdom and understanding. Then he looked at me with a smile of approval, followed by a big laugh and said, "God Bless you!" From then, I always looked forward to visiting him. No matter how busy he was with his many clients, he said to me, “just have a seat, and we will talk. "Our talk contained the many islands, including my homeland Nevis, he travelled to and taught as a school teacher. He shared some very interesting experiences he had with friends and people of the elite class that he met on his life’s journey. Then he exclaimed, "Those were good days!"
Today, I declare the words of the Apostle Paul, ”He has fought a good fight, he has finished his course, and he has kept the faith. Henceforth, there is laid up for him a crown of righteousness. 11 Corinthians 8:7& 8. In addition, the song writer says, “Cares all passed, home at last, ever to rejoice.” We shall meet him in the resurrection. The best is yet to come."
"Looking back on my childhood years as Headteacher of my school and as a vibrant senior member of my church in Wapping it would not be an exaggeration to describe this innovative Educator and talented musician, as 'a man before his time'. Mr. White was indefatigable in his pursuit of excellence which he did not fail to convey to his pupils and the wider church and secular community. He is undoubtedly among the great and unforgettable sons of our Emerald Isle."
"I remember this great man being a patient at where i work and checking on him often due to his lovely daughter mrs. Ryan being the secretary. I was joking with him and told him his daughter always bothers me and he told that's because she loves you. You are gone but never forgetten pops and mrs. Ryan will continue to make you proud. RIP POPS!!!!"
"Mr. White, as we called him, was my first head teacher at the Wesley Government School. I knew him for most of my life. He was a man way ahead of his times. Who among us can forget the songs he taught us like, "We Can Unite the West Indies," and poems like Kiplings "If"? After he became a member of our church at Wapping, he also became a very close friend of my parents. It was my distinct pleasure and privilege over the past few years to visit with him at various times at his home here in Florida where he lived with his daughter, Yvonne. It was always a delight. I know that he has gone to be with the Lord.
To Yvonne, blessings on you and the rest of the family for the wonderful way in which you cared for your elderly Dad. Alfred & I join in sharing the loss of your beloved Dad. I loved him and will always remember him."
"My Brothers and Sisters, I am James Lynch, better known as Sheppard. On behalf of my wife Linnet and myself, we would like to take this opportunity to convey our Condolences to Yvonne, Rev White's daughter, and the immediate family and friends who are left to mourn the loss of their loved one Rev White, better known to most, if not all of us, as Teacher Edwin. In the interest of time, I will not elaborate on my personal relationship with teacher Edwin, from boyhood days until his demise, or his passing, because it is a long, long story. Teacher Edwin has gone on to be with The Lord. He has fought a good fight, He has run his course, and now, he is at rest.Teacher Edwin, may God go with you, as you travail on that lonely road to Paradise, and may Light Perpetual ever shine upon you. May you rest in peace."
"This tribute was added by Rosanna Newton on March 12, 2016
"Lives of great men all remind us, We can make our lives sublime,
And departing leave behind us, Footprints on the sands of time."
This poem epitomizes the life of our dearly departed brother Elder White or Pastor White as he was affectionately called. He lived an exemplified life and one that was ordained by God. He was our friend, tutor, musician, photographer, counselor, advisor and so much more. He helped everyone that came across his path. He was a true example of being a Christian and a godly man.
We will surely miss him but during this time of bereavement, may you find strength in your faith, comfort in God's love and peace knowing that you are in our thoughts and prayers. He is now resting in the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
May he Rest in Eternal Peace!
Dr. George & Rosanna Newton,
Geoff Newton, Greg Newton & their families,
Joe, Urban and the entire Fergus family."
"ll great men face challenges in the pursuit of their goals. However, the challenges did not deter them for pushing forward and realizing their goals."
"I want to tell a truthful tale of a man I barely knew
And console his grieving relatives with words sincere and true
Where do I start to portray this good and humble man?
An amazing iconic figure a great proud Montserratian
I must cross my t’s dotting each and every I
Clean up my grammar or at least give it a try
For if in his glory he looks downwards and see
He would know what he taught was not absorbed by me
What was his views on the lamb whose feet was white as snow
Was it important to the study of things that a child should know?
Did he give props to nursery rhymes and the part they would play?
In a child’s development or to write a pertinent assay
Do you remember the look of his slow and confident stride?
His pace taking his thoughts through each school for a ride
Children and parents who with an askance glance he would tell
Who needed improvement and who had done quite well?
Teachers would fear that they too would be chided
For failing to teach the curriculum he provided
As inspector and chief a man with the know
He did whatever he could for minds to develop and grow
His height was not measured by inches or feet
But by the wealth of his goodness been kind and so meek
Wisdom, knowledge and wit made him respected and tall
He gave to the children he gave worth to us all
The weight of his words would cascade from his tongue
Imparting knowledge to moms, dads, daughters and sons.
Awards and honors bestowed for his labor and achievement
Yet it was his work that gave him his joy and fulfillment
He would be quite disappointed with how mingled I do write
This tribute about the inspector and teacher Mr Edwin White
In realizing it is of him who I applauded and Write
Would smile, chuckle and laugh and then clear his throat
Thanks you Sir for your attendance when you did come to school
Thanks for your visits you were stern yet very cool
To you his relatives and friends my condolences I send
Good bye, good bye sir
Your legend will forever with us live on"
"Bishop Edwin white was at the first St. John's School
reunion. ..He sparkled there..
He was just a good person to be around.."
"I had the privilege of Mr. Edwin White to be my 1st school Headmaster, at Wesley school. now this headmaster was no joke. While in 4th standard, we used to go to mss on Thursday mornings for an art class taught by a lady from the USA named Ms Semindinger. Can't forget that name. We misbehaved in the class one morning, of which I was the main culprit or instigator. Lazelle Howes told him that it was me alone.I then told him that all of us misbehaved. Since everyone then started to blame each other, he then decided to beat the whole class but promised me something special for being the front man. Needless to say, I got my special from him with his batton that he used to beat time with in his music lessons. He was a strict disciplinarian as headmaster, and many of us are the better for it today. After he left teaching and went into Administration, everyone lauded his work because he had the same discipline for him self. Especially to know that he was from Harris' and he was brother to 2 of my aunts. After he went away, I called him about 10yrs ago to get some info about his father because I was researching my aunts. By the time I told him who I was, the man remembered me instantly. He gave me the info I was looking for and spoke to him for awhile. He did leave his mark here on earth, both in strat and in St.Thomas. This aptly describes him; Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime, but departing leaves behind us, footprints on the sands of time. R.I.P"
"God looked around His garden and saw an empty space, He then looked on earth and saw his tired face, He placed His arms around him and lifted him to rest, God's garden must be beautiful for He always choose the best. True friends are more precious than silver or gold. Edwin White was my Mentor, Teacher, Pastor and Friend, he was to me more precious that any gem that can be named...R.I.P. my friend."
I remember thanking you for always having my back and you said you would always have my back as long as you are able and you did. I told you then that I would always have yours as long as I am able. I hope I did. I already miss your laughter and your wisdom but I know you are at rest. Sleep in peace until we meet."
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