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Elliot Andrei White was born to the late Cordelia Clarke and William White in New Brunswick, NJ on September 28, 1947. On October 8, 2023 God called Elliot to his eternal rest at the age of 76 surrounded by his loving family and dear friends. Elliot grew up in New Brunswick and attended the New Brunswick Public Schools until his family moved to Piscataway. He graduated from Piscataway High School in 1965. He excelled in sports, such as football, discus and javelin and received many awards and varsity letters. Elliot went to Delaware State College (now Delaware State University), where he received his B.S. degree in Elementary Education, Cum Laude. He also became a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Gamma Sigma Chapter, in 1966, where he remained active until his health failed.
Elliot returned to New Brunswick to teach in the school system at A. C. Redshaw School. He also coached football at New Brunswick High School where he was affectionally known as ‘Coach’. An avid learner, while teaching, Elliot received his first Masters in Urban Education from William Patterson University, Patterson, NJ and was the Director of ESAA in the Highland Park Board of Education. He also was an Adjunct Professor at Middlesex County College. A career change led Elliot to earn his second Masters in Planning and Policy at Farleigh Dickerson University, Rutherford, NJ. This enabled him to begin his career in 1987 with the Middlesex County Department of Human Services where he worked as a Community Services Planner, Division Director on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Services, Director of Transportation and finally the Director of Addiction Services where he retired after 25 years of service. After retirement Elliot served on many Boards: Wellspring, New Hope IBHC, and Center for Network Therapy.
Elliot met Cheryl his future wife, while she was a student at Douglass College, New Brunswick. During their courtship, Elliot would write Cheryl a love letter, every single day. They married January 3, 1970, and out of this union came two wonderful children, Patricia and Elliot, Jr. Elliot grew up in and became a member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, New Brunswick. He later joined the New Hope Baptist Church, Metuchen in the 1990s where he became actively involved in the ministries of the church including the Great Expectations, Male Chorus, RLO Ensemble, and the Praise & Worship Team. He was a former Trustee, active with The Men of Hope, Couples Ministry, a founding member of the Veteran’s Ministry, and a member of the Culinary Ministry. In 2020, Elliot received the Eagle Award which is the highest award given to a lay person at the church for outstanding and distinguished service.
Elliot was responsible for securing some of the initial grant funding for the church’s non-profit social services organization, The House of Hope Community Development Corporation, where he introduced the staff and church to Middlesex County funding sources, County Freeholders, and established the H. O. P. E. D. (Helping Others Escape Dependency) Drug and Substance Abuse Recovery Program. Elliot was passionate about singing, fishing, golfing, other sports, and most of all ‘Football’. His favorite team was the Dallas Cowboys. He was often known for his political discourse. He was a mentor to many young people and would always take them under his wing to guide them.
Elliot is predeceased by his sister, Maureen Wyndham. He is survived by Cheryl, his loving wife of 53 ½ years, his children, Patricia and Elliot, Jr., brothers Kenzell & Quentin (Lores) Jennings White, brothers in-law, Algernon (Patricia), Ulric (Evelyn), Erno (Pauline), Jacques, Ormonde (Mignon) & Bruce (Kelly); sisters-in-law, Corinne & Dian; special aunts Betty Clark & Harriet Brown, a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and his many friends.