Official Obituary of

John Hazen White III

September 30, 1987 ~ November 3, 2022 (age 35) 35 Years Old

John White III Obituary

It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of John Hazen White III, 35, on Thursday, November 3, 2022 at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. The family is grateful for the exceptional attention and care he received from the 5 South ICU doctors and nurses.

John was born in Providence, Rhode Island on September 30, 1987, and was a graduate of Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island and Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. He began his career with Taco Comfort Solutions in high school, starting in Maintenance and working his way through many departments throughout the company over the years.  His experience also included time working at B.J. Terroni Company in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. His Taco career path led to his most recent position as SVP, North American OEM Sales.  He was loved by Taco employees and his customers as much as he loved them.

Everyone who knew John experienced his caring, big-hearted personality and sense of humor. He had a passion for creative writing, reading, traveling, and most of all spending time with friends and his family. He was most proud to be the husband to the love of his life, Katelyn White, and devoted father to his sweet daughter, Madison Marie. He also loved his pup Tig with all his heart.

John is survived by his wife Katelyn, daughter Madison Marie, parents John & Elizabeth White, brother and sister-in-law Benjamin and Kirsten White, their daughter Winona Rose, and grandmother Rose Ann Stair. He is also survived by his in-laws Brett and Rosanne Zerba, Diane Zerba, sister-in-law and husband Meghan and Charles Amos and their children Bradley and Cassidy, and brother-in-law and fiance Brett Zerba and Jackie Giardina, and Katelyn's grandmothers Marie Zerba and Rita Surdyka. He is preceded in death by grandparents John and Happy White, Clark Stair, Richard Zerba and Edward Surdyka.

Calling hours will be held at Smith-Mason Funeral Home, 398 Willett Ave, Riverside, RI 02915 on Friday, November 11, 2022 from 3:00 PM-6:00 PM. A celebration of John's life will be held Saturday, November 12, 2022 in the Barrington Congregational Church ,461 County Rd, Barrington, RI 02806 at 11:00 AM. The memorial service will also be live streamed on the Barrington Congregational Church Facebook page ( and YouTube Channel (

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the John Hazen White III Endowed Scholarship at Community Preparatory School, 135 Prairie Ave, Providence, RI 02905. You can also donate online on behalf of the John Hazen White III Endowed Scholarship at

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November 11, 2022

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Smith-Mason Funeral Home
398 Willett Avenue
Riverside, RI 02915

Celebration of Life
November 12, 2022

11:00 AM
Barrington Congregational Church
461 County Road
Barrington, RI 02806


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