Garry J. Whyte

Garry J. Whyte

    OCEAN PARK — Garry Joseph Whyte, age 90, longtime Portland port and maritime figure, died Dec. 6, 2012, at his home in Ocean Park.

    Born Dec. 4, 1922, in San Francisco, Calif., to Edythe and Garrie Whyte, he graduated from Sacramento’s San Juan High School in 1941 and enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard one day after Pearl Harbor. He served two years aboard the 165-foot Coast Guard Cutter Atalanta on convoy duty in the Aleutian Islands. He finished the war as a crewman aboard the troop carrier General D.E. Altman, ferrying U.S. soldiers and airman from Europe to the Pacific theater and then back to the United States.

    In 1945, he married Lois Curry of Portland. They had two children, Garry Jr. and Susan. Mr. Whyte joined the Portland Commission of Public Docks in 1951 as a rail clerk. He went on to become terminal superintendent and then manager of operations when the Dock Commission merged with the Port of Portland in 1971. After 28 years, he retired from the Port in 1979 as assistant marine director. After his retirement, Garry worked almost three years in Suez helping develop the Port of Suez. He also helped develop and administer the Port of Nome, Alaska’s first maritime tariff.

    In 1989 Mr. Whyte married Helen Watson and soon thereafter the couple made their home in Ocean Park. Garry loved beachcombing, travel and philosophy.

    Survivors include his son and daughter, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The family suggests remembrances be made to the Oregon Maritime Museum in Portland.

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