An in­spi­ra­tion to all

David White re­mem­bered as ‘pos­i­tive in­flu­ence’

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

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.”

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David White

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