Harland O. White


SCARBOROUGH – Harland O. White, 84, passed away Jan. 8, at the Maine Veterans Home.

He was born Oct. 12, 1922, at Mere Point in Brunswick, the son of Samuel O. and Pearl J. (Mills) White. He attended schools in Phillips and left high school in 1941 to enlist in the Army to fight for his country. He served in the 532nd Anti-aircraft Artillery Unit in North Africa and in Central Italy as air protection for the front line field artillery cannons. His unit then converted to the 473rd Infantry Regiment. Being an expert rifleman, he served as an infantry sniper against the Germans.

He was awarded the Purple Heart for being wounded in action and 43 years later, while working for Maine National Bank, he was awarded the Bronze Star for “meritorious achievement in ground combat against the enemy during World War II.”

Returning home after four years of defending his country, he returned to high school to graduate and receive his diploma. On March 18, 1950, he successfully completed the course of instruction for the Maine State Police with pride and dignity. On June 10, 1951, in Rumford, he married the love of his life, J. Janet Savage of Farmington.

While serving his beloved state of Maine, he attended and graduated from several seminars: the Harvard University Medical School Department of Legal Medicine, the New England State Police Administrators Conference on Civil Disturbances, the New England State Police Conference on Executive Management Development and the Northeastern University School of Business in Traffic Law Enforcement.

After 20 years of dedicated service, he retired from the Maine State Police as a lieutenant, with sincere respect and admiration. He was referred to as “grace under fire.” He was employed by Maine National Bank for several years, finally retiring to enjoy the joys of his life.

In 1946, he joined the Mount Blue Flying Club in Avon. He was instructed by Richard Raymond, a local flight instructor from Phillips. During the 1950s, while stationed in the Winthrop area, he organized the Winthrop Flying Club and enjoyed many trips to the Allagash and lakes and small ponds throughout the state.

He and his wife enjoyed several trips to Fairbanks, Alaska, visiting with his dad, Sam. Sam, being a bush pilot and the first flying game warden in Alaska, made the trips unforgettable, leaving his family with so many stories to tell.

He looked forward to skiing and playing golf. He and his wife built the first skiing camp at Squaw Mountain in Greenville.

He was past commander and a lifetime member of the Libby-Mitchell American Legion Post, was a member of the Winthrop Masonic Lodge, the Valley of Portland Scottish Rites and the Kora Shrine Temple in Lewiston.

Since Jan. 2, 2004, he had resided at the Veterans’ Home in Scarborough.

He is survived by his wife, J. Janet White of Scarborough; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Burnham White and Jesse White; and by a half-brother, Gordon.

This “gentle giant” will be missed by those who met and loved him.