Longtime Chicago Heights Alderman Willie J. White Dies
Posted on 2011-12-21 20:18:30 CST
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | The mayor of Chicago Heights on Tuesday praised Alderman Willie White, who died Monday, as a generous and compassionate man.
Ald. Willie J. White
1st Ward, City of Chicago Heights
October 2, 1940 - December 19, 2011
"I had the pleasure of working with Alderman White during my tenure as superintendent of Chicago Heights Park District," Mayor David Gonzalez wrote in an email to The Times. "Alderman White will be sorely missed by many.
"He was one of the most generous men that I've ever met. He had a passion to serve the residents of Ward 1 and the city of Chicago Heights."
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The city's longest-serving alderman, White passed away Monday at Franciscan St. James Health in Chicago Heights, according to a news release from Gonzalez's chief of staff.
White was 71. He had battled cancer for a few years and was surrounded by family at the time of his death, the release said.
White was a facilities manager for the Chicago Heights Park District. He was first elected in 1999 as the 1st Ward alderman.
Gonzalez said White did not seek recognition for his good deeds.
"He went out of his way to help those in need and never once did he do it for personal recognition," Gonzalez wrote in the email. "During the summers he made sure there was a food program for the children at the parks in Ward 1.
"This past Saturday, he distributed nearly 300 food baskets to his community," Gonzalez wrote. "This was a yearly event for over 10 years. He was in the hospital and could not make the event. As residents were showing up, they asked and looked for him. You could see the true appreciation his constituents had for him."
White is survived by his wife, Denise, and son, David. The city of Chicago Heights will release information on funeral services as it becomes available.
Article by Times Staff nwitimes.com | Posted: Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 11:15 am
UPDATED INFORMATION FOR ALD. WHITE'S VISITATION/FUNERAL SERVICES:
Posted by the Mayor's Office: Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2011 1:59 P.M.
Ald. White's Viewing/Visitation:
Tuesday, December 27th from 2:00p - 7:00p at Woods Funeral Home, 1003 S. Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, IL 60411 // 1-708-755-2010.
Ald. White's Wake & Funeral Service:
Wednesday, December 28th - the Wake starts at 11:00a and the Funeral Service follows at Noon - at Union Evangelistic Baptist Church, 1625 Center Avenue, Chicago Heights, IL 60411 // 1-708-757-5153.
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