JAY — Public memorial services for Jay Police Chief Larry G. White Sr., were held Sunday, Oct. 12, at the Spruce Mountain High School gymnasium in Jay, with Rhonda Wiles-Rosell as celebrant.
The White family processed from Wiles Remembrance Center, escorted by Interim Police Chief Richard Caton IV and Cpl. Jeff Fournier. The procession passed under the arch, created by ladder trucks from both Jay and Livermore Falls, with the American flag suspended from the top, center. A color guard led the family procession into the gymnasium; those members included Assistant Fire Chief Kyle Ellis and Capt. Thomas Walker, both of the Wilton Fire Department and Sgt. Edward Hastings IV and Deputy Chief Shane Cote, both of the Farmington Police Department.
Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr. played the bagpipes and, following the Policeman’s Prayer recited by Caton, Sheriff Nichols offered personal remembrances. Additionally, Jay Town Manager Shiloh LaFreniere, Interim Chief Caton and Cpl. Fournier offered eulogies, prior to the family eulogies which were given by his wife, Janice, and their children, Becky and Larry Jr.
Assistant Fire Chief Michael Booker offered the Firefighter’s Prayer. The American flag was folded by Jay officer Michael Mejia and Richard Caton IV, who made the formal presentation to his wife, Janice.
Following the presentation, Assistant Fire Chief Booker ceremoniously rang the firefighter’s bell in honor and memory of White’s dedication to the protection of others and as his final homecoming. All joined in reciting the 23rd Psalm and his favorite song by Louis Armstrong, “It’s A Wonderful World,” was shared during the service.
Following the service, all were welcomed to a comfort reception organized by LaFreniere, the Jay Fire Department Auxiliary and family friends. A memorial video was shown at the reception.
A private family committal service was held Tuesday morning at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Lewiston. Arrangements were in the care of Wiles Remembrance Center in Jay.