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Justin Thomas White

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Published in May 2022

WHITE, Justin Thomas died on May 6, 2022, at the age of 61. With his father and six siblings at his side, he passed away peacefully after a valiant battle with ALS.

Justin was born on Feb 19, 1961, in Boston, Massachusetts to Nancy Grueby and Terrence H. White. Justin grew up in Cohasset, MA the sixth of seven children. He attended Cohasset schools, Milton Academy and graduated from Thayer Academy in Braintree, MA in 1980. From an early age, Justin developed close friends who have journeyed with him throughout his life and meant the world to him.

Justin attended Tulane University in New Orleans, LA which also began his lifelong love of travel and exploration. After college, Justin worked in the family business, Safety Lines, where he worked alongside his brothers, cousins, father, uncle, and many family friends. He continued working throughout his career in highway safety markings with Brite-Line of Denver Co. Constantly seeking new challenges, Justin obtained his securities license in 1990 and worked as a securities broker for The Bankhouse Boston and as a management consultant for George S. May International. During that period, he relocated to southern California which became his new home. In 2003, he began learning an entirely new industry of tree service and management. As the dual disasters of wildfires and infestation increasingly impacted Lake Arrowhead and all of CA, Justin joined Arborworks of Oakhurst, CA to manage forestry contracts in the California Sierras, and disaster relief projects in Florida, the Carolinas and Puerto Rico. In 2020, Justin joined the national disaster management firm Forgen LLC, to combat the impact of wildfires up and down the Sierra Nevada and Pacific Coast Ranges and had become a recognized and respected expert in his field.

Justin was an avid reader with a diverse appreciation of history, literature, contemporary culture, and politics. He loved discussing current events and debating local and national issues. His easy sociability belied the breadth of his intellect; both were equally important to his approach to life.

In March of 2021, Justin was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, “ALS”. He lived his last year with gusto, traveling extensively while still working. He faced his disease with remarkable courage and grace. Justin was fortunate to discover the miracle of a kindred sole in his companion Jintana Gillosi. Together they shared a spiritual loving companionship that sustained him through his last days.

His many loyal friends from every era of his life remember him as generous, perceptive, and kind with a wonderful sense of humor, tons of charisma and a contagious laugh.

Justin was a devoted son, brother, and cousin who leaves behind many who cherish his memory. They include his father Terrence, brothers Kevin and Terrence, sisters Constance, Martha, Kristin and Nan, brothers-in-law Greg, Ira, Stephen, and John; his fifteen nieces and nephews, and dozens of beloved cousins, known affectionately as the Kevin Whites, Brendan Whites, Merciers and Thibaults.

His family would like to thank those who gave an outpouring of love and kindness. A private memorial will be held at his home. Memorial contributions can be made to Compassionate Care ALS at

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