Obituary: Carole White

Mon, 01/30/2012 - 5:59pm

Carole A. White (McSweeney), born in Wakefield, Rhode Island, in 1947, died on January 28 at the age of 64 after a courageous battle with cancer.

After graduating from Cranston High School East in 1965, she attended the University of Rhode Island, where she received a Bachelors of Political Science in 1974 and a Masters of Public Administration in 1975. She moved to Block Island in 1980 with her Irish setter, Kelly Bean, and lived here full time from 1980 to 1995. She was employed at the National Hotel and later at the Samuel Peckham Inn, where she worked the next 30 years with her longtime companion, Lew Gaffett. Starting in 1995, she wintered in Culebra, Puerto Rico, and subsequently in Sarasota, Florida, while continuing to summer on Block Island.

She is survived by her parents, Eugene F. and Rita M. McSweeney of Sarasota, Florida; sisters Barbara McSweeney of Geneva, Switzerland and Gail Newton of Rochester, N.Y.; their husbands; four nieces and nephews; and four grand nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held in Sarasota, Florida, in February and on Block Island later in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations to Tidewell Hospice or the American Cancer Society would be welcome.