Alan J.'s Story
Alan J. White, age 68, a longtime resident of Plum Island, Newbury, passed away unexpectedly at his home on January 18, 2017.
Alan was one of nine children of the late John and Barbara (Johnson) White and was a graduate of Assumption Preparatory School and the College of the Holy Cross, both in Worcester, Mass.
An award-winning Executive Editor of the Eagle Tribune newspapers, Alan started his career with the Eagle Tribune 43 years ago. With his skilled writing ability, leadership and determination to always publish the facts, regardless of the amount of research involved, the paper won two Pulitzer Prizes. Alan was also named to the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame in 2013. Throughout his years as an editor, he was a mentor and inspiration to many news writers. He truly loved his profession and made countless lasting friendships along the way.
As dedicated as he was to being an exceptional editor, he was also dedicated to his family, sharing with them his life’s pleasures -- fishing, boating, reading, cooking, local sports, and the beauty of his beloved Plum Island, where he was active in local community affairs.
His life’s legacy will forever be remembered and cherished by his six siblings, Christine Grabowski of Worcester, Paul White and wife, Ann Marie of Needham, Linda Crawford of Worcester, James White of Douglas, Jennifer Davidson and husband, Robert of Nottingham, N.H., and Thomas White and wife, Michele of Charlton, along with his numerous nieces, nephews, and dear friends. In addition to his parents, Alan was predeceased by his brother, John White, and his sister, Melissa Harutunian.
Visiting hours at the Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport, will be Monday, January 23, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church, 42 Green Street, Newburyport. Burial will be private. Donations in his memory may be made to the Plum Island Taxpayers Association (PITA), 8 Plum Island Boulevard, Newbury, MA 01951.
Published on  January 23, 2017