YARMOUTH – Timothy White, a former owner of White Brothers Inc. and an active volunteer, died on Monday. He was 52.

Mr. White and his brother, Michael White, took over the family’s construction business after their father was killed in a car accident in 1980.

Mr. White, then 23 years old, left college to manage the office. He graduated from Dean College and the University of Southern Maine.

Mr. White served in nearly every capacity of the business. At the time of his death, he was general superintendent and had been vice president for many years.

Mike White sat at his brother’s desk Wednesday morning and talked about the 30 years they worked together. He said his brother was a fun-loving guy who had a great sense of humor and enjoyed playing practical jokes on employees.

He said that after their father died, the business truly became White Brothers.

“There was never a decision that we didn’t make together,” he said. “We laughed a lot. It was like ‘Saturday Night Live’ every day. He loved the employees. We have a lot of employees that have worked for us for a long time. Timmy was a big part of that.”

His wife, Dorothy White of Yarmouth, remembered him Wednesday as a devoted husband and a loving father of their three daughters.

In 2005, his oldest daughter, Annie, died at the age of 16. She had cerebral palsy and dystonia.

Throughout Annie’s life and after she died, Mr. White served on the Family Council of the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation. He also gave generously to the Riding to the Top Therapeutic Riding Center in Windham and the Morrison Center in Scarborough.

“He was incredible with Annie, a total care-giver,” his wife said. “He was an amazing father and a wonderful husband.”

In 1999, Mr. White and his wife moved to Yarmouth, where he enjoyed working on their historic home on Greely Road.

He coached youth basketball when his daughters were young, and in recent years was an active member of the Yarmouth Basketball Boosters. As president of the boosters, he was instrumental in getting outdoor basketball courts built at Yarmouth High School.

His wife said he was known as “Papa White” to many teenagers in Yarmouth.

“He had an incredible ability to relate to people, no matter what their situation was,” his wife said. “He would take charge of birthday parties and entertain the kids. He was so easy to talk to.”

Mr. White was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) two years ago. In August, doctors discovered that he had pancreatic cancer.

“He was my best friend,” his wife said. “I’m really going to miss my best friend.” 

Staff Writer Melanie Creamer can be contacted at 791-6361 or at: [email protected]