Trevor White, an entrepreneur and leader in Oliver neighborhood revitalization, dies at 40 – Baltimore Sun.

Trevor White, a certified public accountant, a leader in the comeback of the Oliver neighborhood and a former Boston College defensive back, died of gunshot wounds Sunday outside his home in the Lakeside section of Ednor Gardens. He was 40.

The Baltimore City Police Department said his death remains under investigation.

Mr. White, the father of three, was recalled as an energetic entrepreneur who had opened a stylish East Pratt Street restaurant in Little Italy last year. He remodeled the property formerly known as Velleggia’s.

“Trevor balanced his singular talent, business acumen, and entrepreneurial spirit with a deep commitment to creating healthy communities, to righting Baltimore’s wrongs, and to serving families of East Baltimore,” said Sean Closkey, president of ReBUILD Metro, an East Baltimore community organization .

Born Trevor Scott Ivan White in Syracuse, New York, he was the son of Trevor White, also a CPA, and Arlene Scott, a Chrysler Motors worker. He was a Christian Brothers Academy graduate and earned a Bachelor of Science at Boston College, where he also had a full football scholarship and was a defensive back.

John Galvin Jr., a friend since the age of 14, said: “Trevor was a dynamic leader on both sides of the ball – offense and defense. He was the voice of the team, the captain at Christian Brothers Academy. All our friends could rely on him. But his family was the most important thing to him. ”

He did an accounting internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York City, where he met his future wife, Ebony Meyers. When she received a job offer with Baltimore City Public Schools, they moved to Baltimore.

“My brother was a man who had ideas,” said his sister Danielle White. “If he saw an abandoned building, he would say, ‘You know what we could do with that?'”

She described him as innovative and able to attract clients.

“He was strategic in his business decisions,” she said. “If you got Trevor on a topic he was passionate about, he could go on for hours. But for all his love of business, his family was always first. ”

Mr. White remained with PricewaterhouseCoopers until he purchased an accounting and tax preparation business in Windsor Mill and later Lochearn. He also joined ReBUILD Metro in East Baltimore and became its asset manager.

He worked at ReBUILD for the past five years.

“Trevor was instrumental in ReBUILD’s growth and day-to-day management,” said Mr. Closkey, the organization’s president. “He created and ran our property management arm and established it as Baltimore’s largest nonprofit manager of single-family properties.”

Mr. Closkey also said Mr. White oversaw eight multifamily affordable housing projects. He was the lead in a Path to Own program that helped families become first-time homeowners.

“With each new role, Trevor always had his eye towards the next improvement or innovation he could bring to our cause,” Mr. Closkey said. “Trevor infused our office with a sense of purpose and asked much of himself and others. At the same time, he brought an irreplaceable exuberance to the workplace. ”

In 2011, Mr. White opened Clutch Sports Lounge in Canton.

In a 2022 Sun story on Black restaurant owners facing harassment, Mr. White recounted that his business was initially brisk. The story noted that “a mix of customers came in and the occasional Baltimore Ravens player would even make an appearance.” In his second year of ownership, the business changed.

“As long as the Black crowd or the Black community stays as a minority, then everyone is comfortable,” Mr. White said. “When they are the majority, other races tend to be less and less comfortable.”

He closed the business in 2014.

In 2021, Mr. White and his partners opened RYMKS Bar & Grille (pronounced remix), a soul food venue in Little Italy in a spot at one time occupied by the well-known restaurant Velleggia’s.

“Our landlord took us around and introduced us to other business owners,” Mr. White said in a Sun story published earlier this year. “We had a business owners meeting – and met at the Italian Lodge. We had no push-back. As people see us open and doing events, they will come and talk to us. ”

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In that article, Mr. White said he planned to start a Black restaurant and bar association to assist African American hospitality businesses.

The attitude of Black restaurant owners has changed in recent years, he said.

“Before we were asking for permission [to move into these areas]. It’s unfortunate that it took a pandemic for us to be able to capitalize into moving into these communities, ”he said. “Now, we’re not asking for permission anymore.”

Gia Blattermann, a Little Italy neighborhood leader and restaurant owner, said: “Trevor was a really good guy. He built a trust with me and I understood him and respected him. ”

Mr. White was a member of the Maryland Society of Accounting and Tax Professionals and the Community Association Institute. He was also a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and was second vice president of its Baltimore chapter.

A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. July 1 at the Huber Memorial Church on Loch Raven Boulevard.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 15 years, Ebony Meyers, a Baltimore Public Schools administrator; a son, Trevor Scott Ivan White Jr .; two daughters, Marlee-Rose White and Zurie White, all of Baltimore; a brother, Eric White of Cary, North Carolina; four sisters, Danielle White and Kristin White, both of Baltimore, Lona Smith of Atlanta and Tamika Chapman of Brooklyn, New York.

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