Louis C. White of New Milford, CT, passed away Wednesday February 8, 2017 in New Milford at the age of 82.
Lou was born August 17, 1934 in Marlborough, New Hampshire, son of the late Floyd and Mildred (DeForge) White. He was educated in Marborough public schools, grew to adulthood and joined the New Hampshire Army National Guard.
In 1953, Lou moved to New Milford, joined the well-known building firm of Buckingham and Schultz and married the former Arlene Gustafson. He continued his military service with the Connecticut National Guard and rose to the rank of Sergeant First Class. Soon thereafter, Lou struck out on his own and embarked on a career spanning close to 60 years as a carpenter and master cabinet maker. Working from his Carpenter Shop on West Street, Lou was particularly renowned for his skill in restoring and renovating historical homes and kitchens.
While he practiced his trade, Lou was also eager to serve his community and took on a series of responsibilities to improve the lives of his fellow citizens. He was a member of the New Milford Democratic Town Committee for more than 50 years and served as the chairman of that body from 1967 to 1971. He served for four years on the Board of Tax Review and as a member of the of the Board of Finance and Charter Revision Commission. In 1971, Lou surprised the political establishment and won his first term as First Selectman. Over the course of three two-year terms as the town’s top elected official, Lou worked tirelessly to conserve his fellow citizens’ tax dollars while laying the groundwork for a growing and thriving community. Declining to run for a fourth term, Lou stepped down in 1977 and returned to his workshop and to his craft.
Lou White is survived by his son Jeffery and his wife Paula as well as his grandchildren Erika Leigh and Jeffery Paul White all of Cary, North Carolina.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, February 16 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT. Interment will be private.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the New Milford Hospital Diebold Cancer Center or the New Milford VNA.