NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Thomas Patrick White Jr., a former New Canaan resident, died Oct. 15 after a three-month battle with cancer. He was 94.
Born Jan. 15, 1918, White grew up in Queens and Point Lookout, N.Y. He graduated from St. John's College in New York and served in the Army as a captain during World War II.
He was stationed in Europe for five years, first in reconnaissance then as a provost marshal, investigating war crimes in Frankfurt, Germany. White was honored for his World War II service at the Intrepid Museum in 2008 and Yankee Stadium in 2012.
In his youth, he worked as an advertising model. He later worked as a creative ad representative in Manhattan before switching careers to become a restaurateur. He opened several restaurants, including the Girafe in Midtown Manhattan and the Beach Cafe on the Upper East Side.
White worked at the Beach Cafe until he retired at the age of 85. He lived with his wife in New Canaan for 30 years before retiring to Fairfield and Palm Beach, Fla. He enjoyed playing golf, dining out, reading and going to the movies.
He was one of the original members of the Country Club of Darien. An avid golfer, his passion for the sport took him all over the world. He held a record for six holes-in-one.
White is survived by his wife of 60 years, Tecla B. White; two sons, Tommy (Marilena) White, of Palm Beach, and Conrad (Alison) White, of Wilmington, N.C.; a daughter, Nicole White (Parker) Kennedy, of Raleigh N.C.; a brother, Bill (Pat) White, of New York; and a nephew.
Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Spear-Miller Funeral Home in Fairfield. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Fairfield. Entombment with military honors will follow at Oak Lawn Cemetery Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund or Wounded Warrior Project.