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AKWESASNE – John T. White, known to many as "Johnny Bullets", 83, of St. Regis Road, peacefully passed away Friday afternoon, January 12, 2024 in the comfort of his home with the love of his family at his side.

Johnny Bullets was born on April 18, 1940 in Kanatakon the son of the late Thomas and Elsie (Terrance) White and attended Bombay schools. On October 31, 1970, he married Gladys M. Oakes in Boston Hills, New York.

At age 15, Bullets started working as an ironworker, working throughout the country with several locals, but most of his work career was with Local 440 in Utica and Local 6 in Buffalo. Bullets was also a skilled musician and was one of the founding members of the Thundertones. Not only a musician, he was also a songwriter and was the first musician to play live on the New CKON radio station. He was also a talented builder and was extremely creative which is evident around his house with the many "gadgets." He was a member of the Akwesasne Death Benefits, Moose Lodge, and Sons of the American Legion.

Bullets is survived by his wife, Gladys; his children, Dickie and Jamie Oddo of TsiSnaihne, Bart and Carrie Oddo of Tuscarora, Tammy White and Danny Lazore of Akwesasne, and Char White and Atonwa Benedict; 10 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, James "Spike" White and Andrew White.

Friends called at the Akwesasne Homemakers with Rev. Jerome Pastores, officiating, followed by cremation. A burial will be held in St. Lawrence Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may consider memorial contributions made to the Akwesasne Homemakers.

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where friends may share memories and offer condolences online at http://www.donaldsonfh.com.


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