Obituary: Beloved Family Man and Former Burlington Public School Employee Alan Burge White, 83

A beloved family man and former employee of Burlington Public Schools passed away in his home last week at the age of 83. 


Alan Burge White died surrounded by his loving daughters and their families on April 13 in his home. 


Alan, a Somerville native, settled in Burlington with his wife Barbara in 1956. He was a longtime employee at Rowe Chevrolet before starting his own inventory company called PSI. After retiring he took a job as a custodian for Burlington Public Schools until a back injury led him to retire completely. 


Here is the full obituary from Sullivan Funeral Home


Alan Burge White passed away at his home, surrounded by his loving daughters and their families, on Monday afternoon, April 13, 2020.  The loving husband of the late Barbara E. (Dixon), he was 83 years old (“and counting”).

Alan was born, raised and educated in Somerville.  He was the son of the late Charles W. White and June M. White.   After graduating from high school, Alan served his country in the United States Army in Germany and Missouri from 1955 – 1962. Alan would meet his future wife, Barbara Dixon, through a friend while driving through Harvard Square.  It was love at first sight for him and he knew she was the one for him forever. They would marry in 1956 and settle in Burlington in 1964 where they would raise their three daughters.

Alan worked as a Parts Department Manager for many years. His tenure at Rowe Chevrolet was his favorite. He started his own parts inventory company, PSI, where all of his family helped with the business.  After retiring from the automotive field, he worked as a Custodian in the Burlington School system until a back injury led him to retire completely. Alan was a talented carpenter and enjoyed woodworking. He made such items as bookcases, stools, quilt racks, and nightstands.  Alan shared his pieces with his family, which are wonderful memories and keepsakes for his children and grandchildren to have. 

Alan adored his family and would do anything for them.   He was a loving and supportive husband to his wife Barbara whom he shared 64 wonderful years with, being married 60 of those years.  Alan was proud of his three daughters and was an important part of their lives growing up. As a family they enjoyed taking vacations together with extended cousins and their families, with Onset beach at Cape Cod being a favorite. He was affectionately known as “Grumpy Grampy” or just “Grumps” by his grandchildren, who were his pride and joy.  Amusement parks, the beach, and ice cream were a passion with his grandchildren. He became a child again himself during these times enjoying all the rides and attractions with them. He was the first one there to help his family, whether it be to move one of his grandchildren to their college dorm or do a project at one of his girls’ homes. He loved cars and motorcycles.  He and his wife belonged to a motorcycle club and went on many cross-country expeditions on his Honda Goldwing.

Alan will be remembered as a quiet and generous man who would consider his greatest achievement in his life his family.

Alan was the Beloved husband of the late Barbara E. (Dixon).  Loving father of Mary Jane Murray & her husband Kevin of Attleboro, Barbara Jean White and Allyson Cronin & her husband Paul all of Burlington.   Proud “Grumpy Grampy” of Douglas Murray & his wife Kiran Chandra, Keith Murray & his wife Yaso, Heather Murray & her husband Imran Jeelani, Alexander & Caitlin Murray and Jacob & Jeyana Cronin.  Alan is survived by 3 great grandchildren Ceylan, Niall & Durga. Son of the late Charles W. White & June M. (Clements) White. Brother of Charles “Bob” White of Medford and the late Sandra J. Costley.   In lieu of flowers, memorials in Alan’s name may be made to New England Center and Home for Veterans, 17 Court St., Unit 2601, Boston, MA 02108.


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