Susan B. White

BUCKSPORT and GREAT CRANBERRY ISLAND — Susan B. White succumbed peacefully to multiple sclerosis Sept. 4, 2015, at MDI Hospital in Bar Harbor. Her sons John and Peter Zuck, accompanied by husband Christopher White, were all by her bedside.

Susan was born May 3, 1946, in Philadelphia, Pa., grew up in Cape May, N.J., and graduated from the Northfield-Mount Hermon School in 1964 and in 1968 from Middlebury College majoring in history. That same year, she married F. Nicholas Zuck and settled in Scottsville, N.Y.

She worked as an administrator for the Girl Scouts of America, and as a manager for a Marriott Hotel in Rochester, N.Y. During those years, her sons were born and nurtured.

In January 1990, she married Christopher White, who introduced her and her sons to skiing and summer vacations on Great Cranberry Island, which she grew to love and cherish. She became president of the Great Cranberry Island Historical Society and for many years ran a lucrative raffle for the annual Ladies Aid Fair. For almost 10 years, she co-authored a column in the Mount Desert Islander providing news of the Cranberry Isles.

In 2004, upon finding an accessible home, Susan and Chris moved permanently to Bucksport, where many new friends came forth, and she helped publish the “Narramissic Notebook.”

Susan’s parents, Milton and Violet Blume of Cape May, N.J., predeceased her, as did her brothers David and Maurice. She is survived by her son John Zuck (wife, Kathy), granddaughter Josslyn of Charlotte, N.C., son Peter Zuck of Belfast, husband Christopher White and loving dog Tide.

Susan thrived on outdoor activities initiated as a camper/counselor at Camp Waukeela in New Hampshire, which led to wondrous adventures with her sons throughout the United States and Canada. She dedicated much of her time to maintaining and nurturing a great many friendships, spreading kindness and goodwill throughout a vast network of people for whom she had lasting fondness.

When time permits, there will be a small gathering of friends and family. However, donations to the Great Cranberry Island Rescue Service, Northeast Harbor Ambulance Service, Great Cranberry Island Historical Society, National Multiple Sclerosis Society or Northeast Historic Film are encouraged.

Go forth — follow her example. Be generous — help make this world better for all!


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