An inspiration to all
David White remembered as ‘positive influence’
Good teachers push students to get better grades.
However, it is the truly great ones that inspire their students to be better people.
That was Carbonear’s David White.
An educator of more than 30 years, David could grab a student’s attention and push them to be great.
“( David) helped his students were what they were capable of,” said wife Gloria.
David taught English and social studies in school. He excelled at teaching and had that knack for influencing his pupils.
“(David) saw the potential in all of them and made them feel good about themselves,” said Gloria. “He enjoyed his students and he enjoyed teaching.”
Earlier this week, David died tragically when the all-terrain vehicle he was driving rolled on him during an evening run in the woods behind Line Road in Carbonear.
For his youngest daughter Kathleen, seeing her father in the classroom brought things full circle.
It was not until she had David as a teacher that she understood what his students saw in her father.
“He was such a positive influence on their lives and I realize he was such a giving man,” said Kathleen.
“I’m honoured to have that kind of person as my father and my role model.”
Love of horses
It was a common sight to see David atop a horse and carriage riding through the streets of Carbonear.
He loved horses and had three of them. David also enjoyed giving rides to people he might not have known.
Each Carbonear Days, he was there to offer carriage adventures to any who wanted them.
“There were many times I road next to someone I did not know,” said Kathleen. David loved being outdoors. “David was full of energy,” said Glora. “He was a kind, caring person.”
Having been retired for a decade, David loved working on his property. An impressive rock wall runs on the front of his property.
With three horses, it brings you back to an earlier time of prairie living and working the land.
“He loved nature,” said Gloria.
Dylan and Cohen
Musically, David was captivated by the folk poetry of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.
Each had a way of connecting with people and inspiring them to do better, much like David.
“They were so good at exploring the human condition,” said Gloria.
David had a love for literature and held the belief everything should be documented.
“David had a legendary appetite,” said Gloria.
Any labels a man carries leaves them once they’ve passed on. For David, there is one that might stick with him as time pushes further.
“My dad was a legend,” said Kathleen. “He had a legacy.
“Everyone knew him and everyone loved him.”