Thomas White, 64, passed away on June 18, 2019, after a short bout with cancer. He was comforted by his daughter Stevie and his twin brother Gerry.
He was born Oct. 15, 1954, in Aliquippa, Penn. Tom moved to Yucaipa with his family in October of 1964.
He attended Yucaipa schools (class of 1972) and participated in Yucaipa’s excellent football and baseball programs.
Tom worked for the city of Yucaipa and Pharaohs’ Lost Kingdom.
Tom and his twin Gerry both volunteered for decades as Halloween characters at the pumpkin patch where Tom displayed his hand-crafted haunted doll houses, each one intricate in detail.
Many may have seen him around town in his custom painted “Steelermobile.” He used this vehicle as a base to collect Christmas toys for Yucaipa youth. Thousands of gifts were provided by Yucaipa’s generous community.
He served with the Manna Ministry delivering food for distribution to Yucaipa and Calimesa’s needy.
Tom enjoyed building above ground garden boxes, many at local schools and teaching children about sustainable gardening, providing fresh locally grown food for their families.
He was a creative entrepreneur who designed and fabricated many useful products.
He loved off roading in his sand rail and camping with good friends and family.
Tom was a devoted Steelers fan, enjoying membership in several fraternal organizations.
He excelled at horse shoes, organized tournaments, was an excellent golfer who felt sad at the closure of the Calimesa Country Club where he played for years.
Tom was a best friend to many, helpful and giving all, he had to give.
He participated in breast cancer walks and fundraising, always in support of his best friend, Tammy Harris.
He is survived by his three children, Thomas, Stevie Joann and Andrew; grandchildren Nina Starr, Ryan and Alice; twin brother Gerry and sister-in-law Joyce; sister JoAnn and brother-in-law Chuck.
Services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Set Free Church, 13700 Calimesa Blvd., officiated by Pastor Willie Dalgity.
The White family invite all who knew him to join for this ceremony of a well lived life. Luncheon and fellowship will follow service.