Strattan Scott White of Wesley Chapel, passed away on July 5, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Carol and daughter, Dana White (Chris Knoblock) and Cynthia White.
He was born to Frank Strattan White and Ethel Marie Johnston in Teaneck New Jersey on February 18th, 1936 and was known for his Howdy Doody youthful good looks and his “powerful left hook”. He was a man of many passions, the most beloved of which was literature. His favorite writer, Ernest Hemingway’s quote “But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.” encapsulates Strattan’s overview of life. He loved a challenge and instilled in those around him the importance of never giving up. His view of life made him a born leader and competitor. Following his graduation from Bucknell, he served in the Army as a Ranger; while serving, he became a prize-winning boxer. He went on to NYC where he became an advertising man on Madison Avenue.
He married Carol Ruth Struckman in 1963 and in 1968 their daughter Dana Elizabeth White was born. The family moved to Buffalo NY where they built an advertising company called Mainspring. Stratt eventually led the largest advertising agency in Buffalo called Levy, King, and White. Always up for a challenge, he trained for and completed two marathons. Stratt retired in 1994 and moved to Florida where he continued to share his passion for boxing with the staff and students of St. Leo’s College in Dade City. He began the boxing program with his pal, Ronnie Burks and companion, Barbara Becker.
He and his daughter would often sit outside and look up to the stars. “It boggles my mind how much is out there. It is awesome,” he would tell her. Now when those who remember him fondly gaze at the stars, we all take comfort knowing that he too is out there in the “awesome.”
A Celebration of Strattan’s life will be held at a later date.
Remembrances should be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in his name.