For­mer mu­seum exec to thief: Give back my par­ents’ ashes

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

A po­lit­i­cally con­nected for­mer mu­seum ex­ec­u­tive says the per­son who stole his SUV can keep rare col­lectibles that were in­side it — but he wants the urns hold­ing his par­ents’ cre­mated re­mains.

Bill White, chair­man and CEO of Con­stel­la­tions Group and for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive of New York’s In­trepid Sea, Air & Space Mu­seum , told The New York Times that his ve­hi­cle was stolen af­ter he parked in Man­hat­tan around 2 a.m. on Nov. 2. It was empty when po­lice found it two days later in Brook­lyn.

White said he had hoped to place the urns un­der a me­mo­rial bench in Point Look­out, New York, where his par­ents had lived, The New York Times re­ported.

The other stolen items in­cluded a fur coat that was a gift from the Onas­sis family and a 1977 New York Yan­kees World Se­ries ring, a gift from Ge­orge Stein­bren­ner, in­scribed “To my friend, Bill W hite.”

White is well-known in so­cial and po­lit­i­cal cir­cles. He hosted a starstud­ded fundraiser with Pres­i­dent Barack Obama at his home in 2014. When The Times spoke to him Tues­day night, he was at Hil­lary Clin­ton’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion-night gath­er­ing at the Jav­its Con­ven­tion Cen­ter.

In dis­cussing the theft, he said he had loaded the prop­erty into his ve­hi­cle to take to his of­fice later that day. White said he felt safe be­cause the items were cov­ered and the SUV had tinted win­dows; the urns were in the trunk.

“I’m in a state of de­pres­sion over it,” he said, adding that he won’t press charges if the urns are re­turned.

“I’m just try­ing to get my par­ents back,” he said. “The other stuff, you can live with­out.”

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