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James P. White, Jr.

Obituary for James P. White, Jr.

April 21, 2022
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


James Patrick White, Jr. passed away suddenly on April 21, 2022. He was 82 years old. Jim was born in Philadelphia to Edna and James White, Sr. He is preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Benhayon; son, James Patrick; and grandchild, Ryan Garofolo.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Bonnie (nee Blattner); loving children, Denise Magazzu (Butch), Donna Garofolo (Rick), Kelly White (Mark DiDonato), Sharon Jackson (Jim), and Jimmy Albert White (Kim); 16 grandchildren (Ricky, Melissa, Matt, Chris, Nick, Sean, Amanda, Jimmy, Danny, Michael, Jake, Luke, Brett, Sierra, Ryleigh, Jimi); and 12 great-grandchildren (Chase, Brody, Ryan, Raelynn, Shane, Natalie, Gia, Noah, Logan, Caden, Zach, Wesley).

Jim was raised in the Mayfair section of the city and graduated from Lincoln H.S in 1957, where he excelled in Baseball and Track. Upon graduating, he attended the University of Miami for two years then served in the United States Army (Honorably discharged-330th Engineer Regiment). Jim was stationed at Fort Knox, KY, for most of his service time.

Living in the Holme Circle area of Philadelphia (St. Jerome's Parish) for the remainder of his life, he was a provider for his family. Jim worked as a route salesman-truck driver for Pepsi- Cola for the next 30 years before retiring. Jim was always volunteering in the community; he was a football, baseball, and basketball coach (Crispin Gardens), a Republican Committeeman, and a Father Judge 12th-man president to just name a few.

His essential role and favorite thing by far, was his family. He adored his wife, Bonnie (59 years of marriage), and was always there for his children, grand-children, and great-grandchildren. "Pop-Pop" always led by example, and loved spending time and attending every family event he possibly could.
He treasured his religion (Roman-Catholicism) and being Irish. He loved all the Philly sport teams, Wildwood Crest, the Poconos, fishing, playing games, music, and especially movies. Some of his favorites were: Jaws, Titanic, the Harry Potter series, Killer McCoy, Bataan, and Shane. Recently, he was watching the Spiderman movies over and over.

Jim was truly the patriarch of his family and was venerated by all.

Jim will be remembered FOREVER and will be viewed as the perfect role-model of how to live life and treat others.

Relatives and friends are invited to Jim's Life Celebration on Thursday, April 28, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at St. Jerome's Church, 8100 Colfax Street, Philadelphia, PA 19136. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 12 noon. Interment with Military Honors will be rendered at Our Lady of Grace Cemetery in Langhorne.

In lieu of flowers, donation's in Jim's name may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, by visiting

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