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Margaret (Kennedy) White

Jan 8, 2021

Fort Myers – Margaret (Kennedy) White, age 91, passed away on December 19, 2020. She was a resident of Shell Point, Fort Myers FL., previously of Sanibel, FL. for 30 years.

Margaret is survived by three children, Deborah W. (Robert) Rizzo of Sanibel, FL, Douglas K. (Elizabeth) White of Nebo, NC and Allison (Jeffrey) Hoffman of Loveland, OH; six grandchildren, Christopher Rizzo, Emily (Michael) Feldman, Barrett White, Benjamin, Samuel and Peter Hoffman; great-granddaughter, Avery; beloved and devoted brother, Bruce (Anne) Kennedy of South Bristol, NY; brother-in-law, Edwin (Joanne) White of Winchester, VA; and numerous loving nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Albert W. White in 2018.

Margaret was born in Canandaigua, NY and was the daughter of Howard and Marion Kennedy. She was a graduate of Canandaigua Academy, class of 1946 and Syracuse University, class of 1950, with a degree in Home Economics and Early Childhood Education. Margaret was also a cheerleader and a member of Alpha Phi Sorority, while at Syracuse. She and Al were married in 1951. While Al was in the Air Force, they lived in various places for four years. Returning to Canandaigua, Al worked with his family in the automotive business before getting his CPA degree and accreditation. Margaret set up a Nursery School with her sister-in-law, Charlotte White, which they ran for 12 years before Margaret moved to Pittsford, NY. She and Al were charter members of the Canandaigua Shufflers Club and active members of the First United Methodist Church. Al’s employment resulted in moves to Orchard Park, NY, Nashville and finally to New Orleans, before retiring in 1989.

Margaret and Al had a long and happy retirement spending winters on Sanibel, where they were very active volunteers and made many good friends. They volunteered with F.I.S.H., Meals on Wheels, Sanibel United Congregational Church, P.E.O., and The Historical Museum. Margaret and Al traveled the world and spent summers on Canandaigua Lake and at family cottages in Ontario, Canada. She loved being with friends and family, entertaining and helping others.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date and time to be announced. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Canandaigua. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the following charities, Harry Chapin Food Bank, 3760 Fowler Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901, F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva, Inc., 2430 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957, Sanibel Congregational Church of Christ, 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957 or Salvation Army, P.O. Box 510, Canandaigua, NY 14424.

Arrangements are by Johnson-Kennedy Funeral Home, Inc., Canandaigua. Condolences may be offered at www.johnsonkennedy.com.