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The Theater Community Mourns the Death of Tim White

timwhiteIt came as a shock to the entire Buffalo theater and broadcast communities when Tim White died in the early hours of Tuesday, January 13, due to complications from his dialysis treatment. He had recently opened in the MusicalFare production of American Rhapsody, and had been maintaining a full social schedule. Indeed, he seemed to be his own friendly and ebullient self, even to his closest friends.

Tim spent over 26 years in theater and broadcasting. With a mellow and resonant voice, he had a strong background in commercial voiceover, and was highly regarded as an actor and director. He served as the artistic director of the Buffalo Ensemble Theatre Company, during some of that company’s most artistically vital years, and was co-founder and managing partner of BusinessTheatre Works. On radio, he was featured on WECK-AM and the old Q 102.5. He had more than 17 years experience in business theater and was a member of the Broadcast Pioneers of America (Buffalo Chapter). A deeply spiritual person, Tim was an associate minister at the Faith Baptist Missionary Church of Buffalo. He was also a board member of Upstate New York Transplant Services (UNTYS ).

Tim had struggled with serious kidney problems for years. In 2000, he received a kidney transplant, but had been placed back on dialysis recently. Still, to his friends, there was no indication that anything critical was about to happen. The outpouring of grief has been enormous.

Those closest to Tim take comfort in the fact that he went out at the top of his game. He was very well received in American Rhapsody, and was elated over the recent election of Barack Obama. Indeed, he had planned a party to celebrate the inauguration. Tim did not live to see the inauguration, but the party will go on as planned.

A wake is scheduled for Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 11am at Faith Baptist Missionary Church of Buffalo at 66 Humboldt Parkway, to be followed by a noon funeral, and burial between 1 and 1:30pm at Forest Lawn Cemetery on Delaware Avenue.

A memorial in the theater community is likely, sometime next month.

Tim is survived by his siblings and his beloved mother, Emmerline.

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  • Tim was the most beloved icon in the history of Buffalo Theatre, for now and all times, all eras. As an actor, producer, writer, Tim did it all as well as anyone ever had in Buffalo history. Tim was a generous man, and thousands of artists were affected by his contributions to their work.

    One example among hundreds was the Buffalo Ensemble Theatre’s Area Playwrights Performance Series, which Tim ran. It was a tremendous avenue for area writers.

    God bless you, Tim, rest in peace.

  • Margot

    I worked at WECK radio with Tim many years ago. He became a friend—indeed a friend of my whole family. He had such a contagious laugh, was such a generous spirit, and was so full of love and life.

    I’m not sure I’ve ever met a better person than Tim White. We are all better for having known him…and the world is a better place because he was here.

  • Mike Johnson

    Tim and I were brothers, we met in 1973 and became close in days. Back then he was attending “The NEW SCHOOL OF THE PERFORMING ARTS”. A small alternative school but we did not meet there, but that is another story for another time. Tim was 14 and understood he was meant to be an actor. Now you need to understand our group of friends, brothers if you will we of varied backgrounds and never once questioned Tim’s future. He was my Best Man and friend. Timmy met my baby for the second time in 20 years and damn did he give her some insight…………But that too is another story.

    Please let me know when the ensemble gets together to celebrate his life.

    My Brother may God cradle you in HIS arms

  • Matthew L. McDonough

    For many years I tottered only to be straightened and strengthened by Mr. Timothy C. White. Recent personal misfortunes and maladies have befallen, but that’s life. And with his death, I’ll do as he would have me do..survive and overcome. Distance never seperated us. We wouldn’t allow it. Tim, it was an honor to know you at all.
    Matthew L. McDonough