Lorne White family

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Lorne White family

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  • White, Ronald Lorne

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Ronald Lorne White (1928-2008), teacher, administrator and professional singer, was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1928 the 12th child of Rev. Captain William Andrew White (1874-1936) and Izie Dora (White) White Sealy Johnston (1890-1972). Lorne earned a Bachelor of Education degree in 1952 from Acadia University, then a Master of Physical Education in 1955 and Master of School Administration in 1975 from Dalhousie University. He taught school in Halifax 1952 to 1973 then was Vice Principal of Bloomfield Elementary and Junior High School 1973 to 1986, retired in 1986. He was also Principal Performer on CBC television show “Singalong Jubilee” 1960-1972 and acted in several television and theatre shows 1981-2007. In November 1955 he married fellow Acadia graduate Ann Mary (Hennigar) White (1933-2018) and had 3 daughters: Holly M., Shelly A. and Rosalie “Lee” J. White. Together with Lorne’s younger sister Yvonne White (b.1930), they performed religious concerts as the White Family Singers, 1980-1991. Lorne’s older sister Portia White (1911-1968) became internationally famous as a classical singer (opera) in the 1940s and 1950s, overcoming racism towards people of colour. Lorne’s father served overseas in the First World War as chaplain to the No. 2 Construction Battalion, a racially segregated Canadian military unit for people of colour, then served as pastor of the Cornwallis Street Baptist Church in Halifax (known as New Horizons Baptist Church in 2018). Lorne died in Halifax on 14 April 2008 and Mary died 19 November 2018.

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created 2020-02-14

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“Ann Mary White (Hennigar)”, Chronicle Herald Obituaries, Nov. 21, 2018 at https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/obituaries/ann-mary-white-hennigar-10909/ accessed 30 Jan 2019.
“Cornwallis Street Baptist Church is now New Horizons” / Jacob Boon, May 7, 2018 in The Coast at https://www.thecoast.ca/RealityBites/archives/2018/05/07/cornwallis-street-baptist-church-is-now-new-horizons accessed 30 Jan 2019.

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Karen White

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