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William H. White of Kenmore, a longtime volunteer and high school sports coach, died Saturday (Feb. 24, 2001) in Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Town of Tonawanda, after a brief illness. He was 86.

Born in Buffalo, he graduated from Nichols School and Canisius College.

During World War II, he received medals for his service with the U.S. Army's 1st Armored Division. After the war, he married Mary R. Franklin and taught at various high schools, rounding out his career in the 1960s and 1970s at Emerson Vocational High School, where he coached football and baseball.

For 21 years, White volunteered for SABAH, the Skating Association for the Blind and Handicapped. In 1994, he received the Nichols Distinguished Alumni Award. He worked on the annual alumni fund at the school.

Besides his wife of 50 years, White is also survived by a daughter, Jane of Amherst; a son, William P. of Seattle; and a brother, Robert J. of Buffalo.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday in Annunciation Catholic Church, Lafayette Avenue and Grant Street. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.

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