Albert White Sr., a Germantown community activist, died Saturday, March 30, 2013. He was 84.
He was born Nov. 9, 1928 to the late Samisen and Ella White in Mecklenburg County, N.C. He was educated in the Rock Hill, S.C. School System. White was the youngest of five children which have all preceded him in death.
After relocating to Philadelphia, White worked at Professional Plastics, Philadelphia Traffic Court and The Budd Co. He later ventured in entrepreneurship with businesses that included food service and private taxi service.
While working at Professional Plastic, White met and married Frances A. Ayers. The couple had seven children.
White joined Caanan Baptist Church under the Rev. Gus Roman.
“Albert ‘Big Al’ White was known in in the Germantown community as a community activist, a man who was a role model that was never too busy that he couldn’t stop to have fun with the children,” his family said.
At any given time, he could be found patrolling the streets in his lavender Chevy or walking with his dog “Saint.”
He enjoyed taking the neighborhood children to see wrestling matches, roller derby games and horseback riding.
For the last 10 years, White resided at Ivy Hill Nursing Home, where he was well taken care of and known as “the mayor on the second floor.”
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Lynette, Cynthia, Albert Jr., Kim, Kenneth, Anthony and Gregory; son-in-law, Hassan; daughters-in-law, Tykeda, Peretta, Khadijah and Simone; six sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; 21 grandchildren and other relatives and friends.
Services were held April 4 at Canaan Baptist Church, 5430 Pulaski Ave. Burial was in Chelten Hills Cemetery.
Alfonso Cannon Funeral Chapels handled the arrangements.