08.20.18

Alan N White

Alan N White of Woodbridge died peacefully on August 19th after a brief illness. Alan was predeceased by his wife Joan, his father Isadore, his mother Eva. He leaves his son David of Branford and his daughter Penny Smilios (Basil) of Aspen Colorado and his sister Sue Schiller of Maryland. Alan graduated from The Choate School and he attended Yale University. He was also a medic in the United States Army in Leadville Colorado. Alan was an avid golfer and he was a founding member of The Woodbridge Country Club and a member of the Quinnipiac Club and a past member of the Racebrook Country Club. Alan was President of Whites of New Haven a fine haberdasher on Chapel Street in New Haven founded by his father and grandfather in 1923. Alan started his career at the York Street store where he would help outfit all the Yalies in fine ivy league clothing. White of New Haven hats were sold in 200 fine department stores throughout the Country, The hats were named for streets in New Haven. Alan had a keen sense of the clothing trends and when Ralph Lauren started Polo in 1967,it was Whites who he first solicited to sell his wide ties and Polo clothing. Alan and Joan would entertain Ralph ,and his wife Ricky, at their Woodbridge home. Alan is also mentioned in Ralph Lauren’s first biography. In 1967 Alan opened up Miller White, an extension of Whites, selling fine clothing New Haven ivy league clothing in Philadelphia. In his later years Alan founded Whitehaven which was a liquidator of fine men’s apparel stores and he traveled across the country helping struggling business close their doors, leaving them with as many of their assets as possible.

Funeral service will be private with internment in the B’Nai Jacob Memorial Park, Wintergreen Ave, New Haven. A private period of mourning will be observed.

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13 Comments

  1. Roberta Leventhal said,

    08.20.18 at 5:21 pm

    So sorry, my condolences to the entire family, especially love to penny .

  2. Greenbaums said,

    08.20.18 at 9:25 pm

    Penny, David and Sue
    Alan led life to the fullest and had years of successes
    and fun doing so
    We believe he may have been Wally’s last good friend
    to be remembered

    Our best to you all
    Carole and Harold

  3. Steve & Linda Meisel said,

    08.20.18 at 9:53 pm

    So sorry to hear about Alan. We have known him for so many years, and will miss not always seeing him in our lives,. Our sympathy to his family. Linda & Steve Meisel

  4. Larry/June Lazaroff said,

    08.20.18 at 11:01 pm

    We will miss Alan dearly. So many fun times at Salun, Antonios , Social etc. Our condolences to the family.

  5. Jack Calechman said,

    08.21.18 at 12:31 am

    So sorry to hear of Alan’s passing. My sincere condolences to his family
    I worked for his Dad and Alan at White Inc in 1957-1958. In our later years I would see him every so often at the dinner on Whalley Ave. l knew Joan and her family even before they where married,two very nice people.

  6. Jean & Bob Adnopoz said,

    08.21.18 at 1:32 pm

    We will always remember Alan’s keen sense of humor and warm fellowship.Our sincere condolences.

    Jean & Bob Adnopoz

  7. John & Frani Gordon said,

    08.21.18 at 1:37 pm

    We are saddened to learn of Alan’s passing. He was, and will always remain, a bright light for those of us who were fortunate to benefit from his warm, funny, social presence. Our thoughts are with his family. With sincere sympathy, John & Frani Gordon

  8. Nathan M Silverstein said,

    08.21.18 at 2:46 pm

    Dear David,Penny,and Sue I am deeply saddened to learn of Alan’s death. I had many lovely days and evenings with him.I saw him recently in Woodbridge. My sincere condolences; cherish his memory. Nate

  9. Carol & Joel Evans said,

    08.21.18 at 10:43 pm

    We were so sorry to read about Alan. We’ve know him for many years thru our Uncle Willy & Aunt Judy and loved when we bumped into him at anyone of his favorite restaurants and bars. He used to come to our house whenever Uncle Willy took a ride over. Our deepest sympathy to your entire family, Carol & Joel Evans

  10. Marie Natalino said,

    08.21.18 at 11:59 pm

    To David & Family!

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories of our days at the Quinnipiack Club. May he Rest In Peace.
    Marie Natalino

  11. Barbara Segal said,

    08.22.18 at 4:52 pm

    He will be missed dearly, Had some wonderful times with him. A truly dear friend. Love to David and Penny

  12. Patti GaNun said,

    08.24.18 at 7:44 pm

    My sincere condolences to David, Penny & Family.
    So glad I had the opportunity to meet your Dad. He seemed to have lived life to the fullest as best as possible. With heartfelt sympathy, Patti GaNun

  13. Allie Schieffelin Nee Shemitz said,

    09.08.18 at 8:28 am

    I send condolences to the entire family. My father, Sy Shemitz (and my mom Paula, who survives him) and Alan were friends and business associates. Sy was not only a client ( there was no finer place for a new blazer, a special jacket, suit or pair of trousers) at White’s, but also helped with lighting for merchandising the stores. I have photography of his last remodeling job for White’s using elliptipar lighting. Let me know if you would like to have the electronic files.
    In any case, peace for you all. Alan White’s ready big smile and bright eyes will not be forgotten.