Robert Michael White, 74, of Bourne died November 17 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was born in Brockton, the son of Francis and Winifred (McGuane) White.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The College of the Holy Cross in 1968 and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Assumption College in 1976.

For 36 years Mr. White worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor for the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. He also held part-time positions as a substance abuse counselor at Bridgewater State Prison and as a counselor for the psychiatric rehabilitation program at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. During the Vietnam War he served as a medic in the US Army Reserve.

An outdoorsman, Mr. White spent time before and after his retirement in Lempster, New Hampshire, and the eastern coastal region of Maine, where he was active in snowshoeing, skiing, and hiking. He enjoyed carpentry and working with his hands to sustain a self-sufficient lifestyle.

He leaves four children, Joseph, Maura, James and Jesse White; two sisters, Susan Donovan and Barbara Kyte; a brother, Steven White; eight grandchildren; and other family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son Jared White; and his former wife, Maureen Marzelli-White.

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