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Joseph White, financial planner and columnist; Dec. 29, 1933 -- April 21, 2011

Joseph White, a certified financial planner and longtime personal finance columnist for the Challenger newspaper, died April 21 in Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 77.

Born in Birmingham, Ala., was a pipe fitter in the Navy from 1952 to 1956 and a 1969 graduate of Canisius College, where he earned a degree in business and was vice president of the Evening Students' Convocation.

He began his career with Investors Diversified Services Financial Services in 1971 and had a long career as a certified financial planner with Ameriprise Financial until he retired in 2006. He was licensed with the National Association of Securities Dealers and fully licensed in several states, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Tennessee.

Mr. White was a former business officer of the Black Development Foundation and former finance officer of the Community Action Organization. He was a silver life member of the Buffalo branch of the NAACP and 1989 recipient of the Black Achievers in Industry Award sponsored by 1490 Enterprises. He also received the Outstanding Black Leader of Erie County Award from Erie County Executive Dennis T. Gorski in 1982.

He was a member of the Holy Name Society and Development and Finance Committee at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Lavada Vails; a daughter, Leticia M.; two sons, Jarrett A. and Everett B.; and a brother, Sidney.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in St. Martin de Porres Church, 555 Northampton St.


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