The family of Douglas Maurice White, and his Regimental family (The Loyal Edmonton Regiment) are sadden of the passing of Maurice White. Maurice was born in Coldwater, Ontario on January 2, 1925 and passed away in Devon Alberta on Sunday, January 12 ,2020. Maurice was one of sixteen children from parents, Alexander White and Velma McKenzie. He spent most of his childhood on the farm at Grassland Alberta. He went into the army when he was just short of 18 years. Maurice served in The Loyal Edmonton Regiment and the First Special Service Force during the Second World War. Maurice is survived by his wife Elsie Irene Gueffroy who he married on January 31, 1950. He is pre-deceased by his two sons, Douglas. M. White and Bruce. E. White.
Maurice will be remembered by his remaining siblings; brother Morley White and three sisters, Helen Smith, Myrna White and Vivian Diane Harrison. Sadly Pre-deceased by Hazel Payne, Oscar(Alex)White, Alberta Hafner, Lillian Foss, Norman White, Westley White, Edna(Jill) Horsleben, & Jack White, Walter White, Irene Knadle, and Marie White.
Maurice was awarded the Bronze Star, France/Germany Star, Italy Star, Legion d’Honneur, CIB, 39-45 Star, Volunteer Service Medal, Defense Medal, Queens Jubilee medal, Congressional Gold Medal, Canadian Recognition Medals, Italian Recognition and FSSF Honorary Medal.
Maurice was a volunteer for many years at The Loyal Edmonton Regiment Museum and he also served on the executive of The 49th Battalion, The Loyal Edmonton Regiment Association. Upon Maurice’s request his body was donated to The University of Alberta Anatomy Department.
A celebration of life, originally scheduled to take place at The Prince of Wales Armouries,10440-105 Ave, Edmonton, Alberta on Saturday, 23 May, 2020 at 2PM, will be announced at a future date due to the pandemic.