TEWKSBURY, Mass. Father George M. White, 90, of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, died on June 18 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Oblate Infirmary and Residence.
He had served for almost 30 years at Immaculate Conception Parish in Waterbury.
A Mohawk Indian, he was born on July 25, 1918, at St. Regis Mohawk Indian Reservation on Cornwall Island, Ontario, to the late Peter A. and Monica (Roundpoint) White.
He received degrees in philosophy and theology from the Oblate House of Philosophy in Buffalo, N.Y., and Oblate Scholasticate in Newbugh, N.Y., and Washington.
He entered the Oblate novitiate on Sept. 7, 1938, in Tewksbury and made his perpetual vows on Sept. 8, 1942. He was ordained to the priesthood by Oblate Bishop Arsene Turquetil on June 4, 1945, in Washington. He was the first member of his reservation to be ordained and the second-ever Mohawk Indian ordained.
During his time in Waterbury, Father White was stationed at Our Lady of Hope Oblate Center in Newburgh. Also during his 57 years as a priest, he served in the missions in Brazil from 1946-62 and in parishes in Fayetteville, S.C., and Buffalo, N.Y. From 1973-76, he was based in Toledo, Ohio, making mission appeals.
Father White retired in August 2003 to the facility in Tewksbury.
Father White was predeceased by his parents and stepmother, Anna Mitchell; a sister, Mary Jamison; and two half-sisters, Arlene David and Betty Jane Garcia. He is survived by the members of his community; a half-sister, Dorothy Printup of Batavia, N.Y.; a half-brother, James White, of Rochester, N.Y.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on June 25 in the chapel of Immaculate Heart of Mary Residence. Burial followed in the Oblate cemetery there.
Memorial donations may be made to the Oblate Infirmary Fund, 486 Chandler St., Tewksbury, MA 01876-2849.