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April 21, 2014

Brian D. White, 45


Haverhill — Brian David White, 45, of Bloomfield, N.Y., formerly of Haverhill, died on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

Born in Haverhill, he was the son of John P. White Jr. and Karen J. Merrick, and stepson of Laura J. (Officer) White. Educated in Haverhill, he attended Haverhill Public Schools, and was a graduate of Whittier Regional Vo-Tech High School, Class of 1988.

Brian was a man of many talents and lived life as if every day was his last, he was a survivor. Twenty-two years ago, as a young man, he was paralyzed from his mid-core down from a motorcycle accident. Previously, he was employed in the construction trades as a mason. After a long rehab, he began his new life with vigor; he trained endlessly and became a competitor in the Boston Marathon wheelchair division. He competed well in many marathons, and was awarded the Massachusetts Athlete of the Year by then-Governor Paul Cellucci. Brian was a true inspiration to all of his friends and family, and will be sorely missed.

He leaves his mother, with whom he lived, Karen J. Merrick, of Bloomfield, N.Y.; his father and stepmother, John P. “Jack” and Laura J. White of Haverhill; a son, Derek J. White and his wife, Jenny, of Seabrook, N.H.; a daughter, Brooke A. White, of Hampstead, N.H.; a brother, John P. White III also of Haverhill; two grandchildren, Julian J. White and Abigail M. White; and two nieces, Alexandra M. White and Melody R. White; and loving aunts and uncles, and extended family.

ARRANGEMENTS: Friends and family are respectfully invited to attend a memorial service for Brian on Saturday, April 26, at 12 p.m., in the Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main St., Route 125, Haverhill. Calling hours will precede the service from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Burial will follow in Hilldale Cemetery, Hilldale Ave., Haverhill. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Paralyzed Veterans of America at www.pva.org.

Please visit Comeau Funeral Home on Facebook, or www.comeaufuneral.com.