Michael Gerard White, a life-long resident of Alexandria Virginia, entered into eternity on Tuesday, May 16th, 2023. He departed this life due to health complications at the age of 56. He is survived by his wife, Channy, and his daughter Michelle, his mother Judith Ann White, sister, Donna Marie, and her husband Michael Stanislaw, his niece and nephew Feliciti and Henry, and his aunt Rose Winslow.
Michael was a life-long resident of Alexandria Virginia. He also resided in Old Town Alexandria, in the Shirlington area of South Arlington, and in the Glebe Road area of Alexandria.
Michael attended church regularly at the parishes of St. Mary’s Catholic Church on South Royal Street in Old Town Alexandria, St Rita's Catholic Church on Glebe Road, and Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church on West Braddock Road. He served as an altar boy for many years in all of these parishes, often serving at the request of the former Bishop of the Arlington Diocese, the Most Reverend Thomas J. Welsh for special Masses and Confirmations. As a young man, Michael helped to build the foundation of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church during its renovation and expansion in 1988 and felt especially humbled and privileged to set the cornerstone of the new structure.
Michael served his country as a member of the Army National Guard. He planted flags in various places in the communities in which he lived. His favorite holiday was the Fourth of July and was known for his love of fireworks. His family enjoyed his elaborate home fireworks display each year. He will be honored with a military tribute and the presentation of the American Flag at his funeral Mass.
Michael loved to be in the mountains of the Shenandoah area of Virginia, loved to fish the Potomac River, and hike the GW Parkway and numerous trails and walking paths in the communities in which he lived. He had a particular love for his neighborhood Fort Ward Park. He would often visit wildlife centers and aviaries and go on nature scavenger hunts with his daughter, Michelle. He was a natural athlete, playing on the Black Knights community baseball team at the Barcroft ball field as a teen. He additionally enjoyed basketball, racquet-ball, bike-riding, and motorcycling. He was an avid swimmer and worked several summers as a lifeguard. He loved a good cook-out and loved to man the grill preparing the food, using charcoal instead of propane. Those who knew Michael well know that he loved to play folk-style songs on his guitar. He would often compose songs that told stories for the people he loved. Unknown to most, Michael would often commit random acts of kindness during the holiday season of Thanksgiving, buying turkeys and food items for families who couldn’t afford the cost of the meal. He worked for many years stocking the food shelves of grocery stores during the night. He often said that he was proud to place “God’s bounty” on the tables of the families who would eat the food he helped to bring to them. His adventurous spirit took him to Cambodia on several occasions where he met and fell in love with his wife Channy. He married her in August of 2007 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alexandria. They welcomed their beautiful daughter, Michelle into their lives in August of 2009.
Michael's wife, daughter, and family will be receiving friends who wish to pay their respects at the Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home on Sunday, May 21st, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated for Michael for the repose of his soul at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Alexandria Virginia, 1427 West Braddock Road on Monday, May 22nd, at 11:00 a.m. A military Honor Guard service will take place just prior to the Mass at 10:50 a.m. inside the church. Internment will follow immediately afterward at St Peter's Catholic Cemetery in Little Washington, Virginia.
Michael’s wife Channy, daughter Michelle and family members extend their gratitude for the prayers and support for Michael during the period of his sickness and express their gratitude now again at his passing into eternal life. Eternal rest grant unto Michael’s soul O Lord and let Perpetual Light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Jesus, I Trust in You.
Michael Gerard Dominic White … Husband, father, son, brother, brother-in-law, nephew, uncle, friend. You will live in our hearts until we see and meet you again in our eternal home of heaven.