Obituary: Patrick Gibson White


Patrick Gibson White

January 30, 1953 – November 28, 2022 

Beloved long-time Point Roberts local, husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend, Patrick (Pat) Gibson White, 69, passed away at University of Washington Medical Center - Montlake on November 28, 2022.

Born January 30, 1953 in Kellogg, ID, Pat was the third of five children to Max and Ruby (Gibson) White. The family lived in Pinehurst, ID and Tsawwassen, BC, Canada before settling in Point Roberts.

Pat was a graduate of Blaine High School and attended Everett Community College before working on a Norwegian freighter hauling lumber from Vancouver, Canada to Osaka, Japan. This first job sparked his desire to see the world and his lifelong passion for all things marine.

He attended Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship in Piney Point, MD and became trained and certified as a Merchant Marine. From there he started his maritime career working for National Marine Services out of Houston, TX, fueling all along the Gulf Coast before moving back to the Pacific Northwest to fuel throughout the Puget Sound working for Foss Maritime out of Seattle.

Pat joined brother, Jerry, and fished salmon in Sand Point, AK and herring in San Francisco as seiners on the commercial fishing boat, The Aleutian Dream. Pat ended his commercial fishing career captaining his own boat, The Attu, gillnetting in Prince William Sound and Southeast Alaska.

Returning to Point Roberts, Pat worked for local general contractors for 10 years before starting his own business, Pat White Construction, where he worked until retirement. He was a volunteer EMT, fireman, boardmember, and 1986 Volunteer Fireman of the Year for Point Roberts Fire Department.

Pat married Sue Schroeder in April 1988 in an intimate ceremony at Lake Quinault, WA. They built their home on Benson Road in 1990 and welcomed their daughter, Haley, in September 1991.

Pat leaves earth side, his wife Sue; daughter Haley (Shane); mother Ruby; and siblings Mike (Cherilyn), Jerry (Karen), Laura (Jim), and numerous other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Max, and sister, Sara.

Pat regularly read five newspapers, all from places he knew or loved, was well-traveled and well-read, known for his humorous vocabulary of one-liners, as a jack-of-all-trades, and loved vacationing in Mexico, crabbing the waters of the Pacific Northwest and fishing Baker Lake, WA. He was known as “Homie” and “The Champ” by friends that loved him.

While Pat will be greatly and lovingly missed, his spirit will be remembered fondly and continue to live on in the hearts of those who love him.